2019 John White Shields Outstanding Citizen of the Year
GARY MASON was honored as the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce 2019 Outstanding Citizen of the Year based on his more than 56 years of tireless dedication to the Kiwanis Club of Chincoteague. Gary provides furniture to those who have none, hospital beds or other medical equipment during times of need, assistance with utility bills, and many more unrecognized acts of kindness for the residents and visitors of his beloved Chincoteague Island community. One nomination form said Gary “gives of his heart”, with a smile on his face and possibly a joke as well. Putting his own physical ailments aside at times, Gary works the Kiwanis yard sales and other fundraisers, putting up tents, moving furniture or whatever it takes to meet the needs of the island and the people he loves.