“We are all here together to uplift, support and to encourage each other,” Sel Hemingway said as he accepted his Lifetime of Achievement Award during the 102nd annual meeting of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce Nov. 7 at Wachesaw Plantation.
Hemingway said that his parents instilled in him the values of being a public servant and helping others.
“Help someone,” Hemingway said. Anything you can do to help someone. That is what I carried out throughout my life and try to instill and share in my coworkers. If it is legally and ethically and morally right, try to help someone. Try to say yes. Try to do anything you can to help that person. That is what basically guided me and what I hope will guide others.”
Hemingway said that he has reflected a lot on the people that he has encountered in his life.
“I thought about what role they played in my life,” Hemingway said. “I look at every table here and think about the relationships that I have enjoyed. I don’t think that there is any question that God put me where he did, in the times that he did, to intersect paths with all of you tonight.”
Reflecting on his time as a leader of Georgetown County Hemingway said,” I never set out to be a leader. Referring to the award he said, “I deeply appreciate and honor and treasure this.”
Hemingway, the current Georgetown County Administrator who is retiring next year, was presented by Brian Tucker, the Executive Director of Economic Development for the county.
Hemingway has been the administrator since 2008 and before that was the chairman of Georgetown County Council.
Other award recipients during the night were Tom Keegan and Dr. Celeste Pringle.
Keegan was presented by US Rep. Tom Rice and previously served District 106 (Horry County) in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1989 to 2005.
“I am deeply honored and greatly humbled at this award tonight,” Keegan said. “It is a culmination of many years in the public eye."
Keegan thanked the board, administration and staff of the chamber and said that the organization “has been a real champion for business and for the people of Georgetown County.”
Dr. Pringle was presented by Georgetown County School District Superintendent Dr. Randy Dozier. Involved with education for over 40 years, she retired this year as the Deputy Superintendent of the school district.
Dr. Pringle thanked God for the award and said, “Without him, I am nothing.” She then thanked the chamber and described them as, “Second to none.” Dr. Pringle also thanked her many colleagues that were present, noting that they were more like family to her.
The presenting sponsor was Tidelands Health and Trey Paul from WPDE ABC 15 was the emcee for the night.
Tidelands Health Board Chair Ed Norris greeted everyone in attendance, saying that Tidelands will celebrate 70 years in Georgetown County next year.
“From the outset, we have been rooted with the idea that great things happen when people come together around common goals,” Norris said.