A man who has spent the majority of his life saluting others will now be saluted by the community as the 2008 recipient of the annual Community Leadership Award from Leadership Blount County. Retired General and current Blount County Chamber President Fred Forster will be honored on Friday, April 18 at 7:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Maryville.
Forster moved to Blount County in 1979, and since then has had an unwavering impact to the community. Among his many military honors, Fred has also been active in numerous civic organizations including United Way, American Cancer Society, East Tennessee Regional Clean Air Coalition, East Tennessee Economic Council, Technology 2020, East Tennessee Economic Development Agency, Maryville College, the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, and the Great Smoky Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts. Forster is also a 1996 Graduate of Leadership Blount County.
Forster is married to Carolyn, and together they have two daughters, Joy Carver, 30, and Rebecca Forster, 25. Joy Carver and husband, Will, have one son, Andrew Sevier Carver.
"Fred exemplifies what it means to have a servant's heart," said Mike Zorio, Chairman of Leadership Blount. "Not only is he continually on the front line of critical community issues, he also helps grow our leaders of tomorrow."
The Community Leadership Award is given based on several criteria. Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to leadership in Blount County, exercised leadership in a variety of community positions, helped develop future leaders and used leadership positions to promote the development of the community. Previous recipients of the award have been the late Harwell Proffitt, Tutt Bradford, Dean Stone, Dr. Sue Wyatt, Geraldine Upton, Joe Ingram, Gary Hensley and Joy Bishop.
To RSVP for the Community Leadership Award breakfast, contact the Leadership Blount office at 984-9368. Reservations must be secured by 5 p.m., Monday, April 14.