Paul Corbett of Waynesville was recently honored by the Meremac Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) with its highest award, the Eugene E. Northern Award.

Corbett was nominated by Pulaski County Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk and recommended to Newkirk by Waynesville mayor Luge Hardman.

Hardman said she recommended Corbett because of his involvement in the community.

“I have worked with Paul for years with activities and he has always been involved. If there's something we need in the community, he's always there.... We just really appreciate them (Corbet and wife, Lelar).

Newkirk said he felt Corbett stood out because “you just don't find too many people like that who will get out and support the community and the kids.”

Newkirk said he recommended Corbett because “he's an outstanding citizen of Pulaski County. His charitable contributions to the people of the county are astronomical.”

Corbett and the other nominees for awards were invited to attend a banquet in Hermann, Mo. on Nov. 8 to find out who would be given the award.

Corbett said, when he was chosen, “I was totally, 100 percent surprised and, at the same time, honored to be selected.”

MRPC wrote, in its announcement about the award, that it “honors Paul Corbett for his multitude of volunteer efforts over the years on behalf of the Waynesville-St. Robert- Ft. Wood community.”

Corbett serves on many community boards and service organizations including the Waynesville-St. Robert Lion's Club, for whom he has served three terms as president and seven years as Christmas parade chairperson.

In addition to his activities with the Lion's Club, Corbett also serves on the board of the Pulaski County Sheltered Workshop, the Mid-Missouri Credit Union Board of Directors and the Laclede Electric Co-Op Operation Round-up, which provides money for needy families, donations to service organizations and scholarships for young people.

Corbett and his wife, Lelar, also lead the efforts to organize the Miss Merry Christmas and Miss Northstar pageants, in addition to being very active in the Miss America Pageant Association.

“I really believe in giving back to my community. I believe in volunteering,” Corbett said.