Tuesday evening, the Rotary Club honored Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt as theCitizen of the Year. Stoudt has held his position as the county judge for 10 years, but has been serving the Gregg County community for over 35 years.
"It's a real honor for this award. I really accept this on behalf of all the citizens in Gregg County that give my the honor to be the county judge. I work with a lot of good people, the elected officials and the people of the courthouse I work with, all work together as a team and it allows you to get a lot of good things done. We want to continue the team work and continue to do great things for Gregg County", said Stoudt.
Stoudt has benefited East Texas through economic development, child care, health care, education and law enforcement.
His efforts began as a supporter of the Great Texas Balloon Race. Then he became involved with the Longview Economic Development Corporation and served as a director and chairman for the corporation. He worked to create the Longview Business Park while serving as a director and chairman for the Gregg County Appraisal Board.
A few years later, he joined Longview's Higher Education Council. In the mid-1980's he founded the Regional Community Foundation, which provides dental care for children in need. He has also served as the director or chairman of the Airport Economic Development Board, Cherokee Water Company and Regions Bank.
Judge Stoudt is also the founder of the Boys and Girls Club of East Texas and is the trustee of the Centurion Club, which provides financial assistance to families of East Texas police officers killed in the line of duty. He is also the advisory director of Junior League of Longview, the director for both Gladewater Rodeo and East Texas Area Council of Boy Scouts, chairman of the East Texas Council of Governments and a member of the Rotary Club of Longview.
With all his involvement, Judge Stoudt humbly accepted the award.
"A lot of people in this room deserve the same award and I'm just humbled they chose me this year", said Judge Stoudt.
Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-08-26 09:57:06 GMT
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