Bar Association's Law Day honors Suzie Williams

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Reed City Chamber of Commerce Director Suzie Williams was presented with the Liberty Bell Award at the Mecosta-Osceola Bar Association’s Law Day Luncheon on May 1.

The Liberty Bell Award is given to one person in Osceola County and one in Mecosta County for outstanding service in the community. Dr. David Pilgrim received the award for Mecosta County.

“I didn’t even know. It was a huge surprise,” said Williams, adding she is both humbled and honored to receive the award. “It was really nice to be recognized. I don’t do what I do for recognition.”

Among many other activities, Williams is involved in the Heart Chase committee, WISE, Project Starburst, Taste of Osceola and the Memorial Day Parade. She is also the president of the Great American Crossroads Celebration, hosts the Gingerbread House, is an elf in the Evergreen Festival Parade and gives to local food pantries.

In addition, Williams is a member of the Susan P. Wheatlake Advisory Board. A cancer survivor herself, she said she feels personally connected to the cause of bringing awareness to the disease.

“It’s something that I believe in for our community,” she added.

Williams said she encourages others to become involved in their own communities, even if it is a slow beginning to further possibilities.

“You have to have something that speaks to them, and then they can start volunteering. Maybe it’s raising money, maybe it’s helping set up an event. You have to find which activity is your niche,” she said.

Osceola County Prosecuting Attorney Tyler Thompson said he believes Williams is extremely deserving of the award for reasons apart from her every day job with the chamber.

“I think she deserves more recognition and credit for the things she does above and beyond to give service to the community,” said Thompson.

Although her involvement keeps her busy each day, she enjoys every moment and is happy to witness the outcome.

“I enjoy making a difference,” Williams added. “I love this community and I want to see things happen.”