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Revere is Pride of Middlesex

by Larry Chowning

Carlton Revere is Middlesex County Rotary Club’s 20th Pride of Middlesex and he was honored Saturday night as citizens, friends and family members from one end of the county to the other came to celebrate his many accomplishments.

The award has been given to outstanding organizations and individuals that have made significant contributions to make Middlesex County a better place for us all to live “by giving of their time, effort and guidance.”

Revere follows his mother and father, Sally Gayle and the late Charles Revere as past recipients of the award. Going back generations, the Revere family has a long history of providing philanthropic efforts in Middlesex County and the region.

Charles and Carlton each served as the Hartfield District representative on the Middlesex County Board of Supervisors and both showed leadership and compassion for the job and toward the people they served.

Carlton currently serves as vice chair of Growth and Opportunity Virginia (Go Virginia); a board member of the River Counties Community Foundation; secretary of the Middlesex Water Authority (MWA) (from 2014-2016 he was chair); member of the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department; and a member of Lower United Methodist Church.

Revere was praised for leadership abilities especially in building bridges between different groups and organizations to make nearly impossible things happen. He has been a central player in the MWA, which currently has plans to provide central water to about half of Middlesex County, from Cooks Corner to Deltaville.

A portion of the funds raised through the Pride of Middlesex dinner goes toward non-profit groups of Revere’s choice. He asked that the community support the River Counties Community Foundation and the Martha Harris Foundation. These groups are contributing thousands of dollars annually to non-profits on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. 

At the end of his talk, Revere honored the late Kevin Wade and Roger Hopper, two Middlesex icons in the county’s business and legal profession. Wade died earlier this year and Hopper passed away last weekend.

“I receive this award and I am grateful but there are those who have contributed more and given more,” he said. “Whenever a volunteer group had a need, you could ask Kevin Wade and it would be done, no matter what,” said Revere.

“Roger Hopper has been a pillar in the legal profession for decades in Middlesex County and he gave a great deal of his time and effort freely to support the good things in our county,” said Revere.

The celebration ended as it does every year with the audience standing and reciting The Four-Way Test of Rotary of the things we think, say and do: “First, Is it the Truth; Second, Is it Fair to all concerned; Third, Will it build Good will and better Friendship; and Fourth, Will it be Beneficial to all concerned.”

posted 04.19.2019

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