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Hank and the 554 (Don't know what it is? Here you go!)

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Saturday, May 02, 2009
For everyone that didn't have the opportunity to join us for our Fifth Anniversary Reception and Awards Dinner, not only did you miss a great celebration and networking opportunity, you also missed an opportunity to honor a Great American and his family, and participate in the dedication of an annual award in his memory.

If you never had the privilege of meeting Henry Doctor, I can tell you that you missed the chance to meet a legend. He would never have agreed with that statement, but I'm here to tell you it's true.

Lieutenant General Henry Doctor, Jr. USA (ret.) or Hank as he was known to his friends (I'm blessed to know that Maggie and I are counted among them) left us in December 2007 but the effect of his wisdom and friendship is something that will always be with me. You can read more about this in the brief tribute I wrote about him when he passed away.

In early April we announced an award program in partnership with Hank's alma mater, South Carolina State University, and the ROTC Program at the university. We worked with his family and LTC Heyward Stackhouse, USA the Professor of Military Science at SCSU to form an annual recognition of the top male and female cadet as well as making an annual contribution to the ROTC Endowment. This was the birth of the Lieutenant General Henry Doctor, Jr. Leadership Award.

Now for Hank and the 554.

As part of the celebration of our Fifth Anniversary, we coordinated with our friends and Principal Sponsor Freeport Technologies to create five-hundred and fifty-five custom Fifth Anniversary coins which were presented to speakers and volunteers at our Fifth Anniversary event, as well as attendees at the reception and awards dinner. Certain coins were picked out for our advisory board, committee chairs and our partner/sponsor Freeport. Coin number one went to Maggie and I took the last coin (#555) since everything start's with Maggie and ends with me!

Coins 550, 551 and 552 were presented to Hank's daughters, Lori, Connie and Cheryl and number 553 was presented to his widow Janie that evening. What happened to coin number 554 you ask? Maggie and I paid a visit to Arlington National Cemetery on April 22nd and placed number 554 on Hank's headstone.

- The Chief Visionary


Hank's daughter's Lori and Cheryl (other daughter Connie and widow Janie are off-camera) receive a standing ovation during the announcement of the annual award to honor his memory and support the ongoing development or leaders.


Hank's daughter's Cheryl, Lori and Connie and his widow, Janie, joined us as we announced the dedication of the annual Lieutenant General Henry Doctor Jr. Leadership Award.

Tags:  ltg doctor  rotc.lieutenant general henry doctor jr leadership  scsu 

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