The California Communications Association of Sacramento presented North Fork's Linda Gott-Maddox, an employee of Ponderosa, with the association's Community Spirit Award in Monterey Oct. 30.
The award is presented annually to one individual among the association's 11 independent telecommunications companies and 90 associate member companies throughout the state of California. Gott-Maddos was taken by surprise when she was told she would be traveling to Monterey with her husband, Gene, to be the honorary guest of The CALCOM Executive Conference banquet.
Gott-Maddox received $1,000 and a crystal commemorative trophy.
"Linda's unselfish contributions to her community make it an honor to nominate her for the California Communications Association Community Spirit Award," said Chris Thorns, human resources manager at Ponderosa.
Her husband Gene remarked "I don't know if it's considered an attribute or a fault, but she can't say "no" to anyone. When an organization, group or individual requires a helping hand, she is there for whatever the job requires. Whether she has to organize, coordinate or be the last one standing on clean-up duty, she'll be there. She does it all without question or complaint."
Gott-Maddox joined Ponderosa as the customer care receptionist in June 2005, but her dedication to community and its residents started long before that. She, along with her husband and son Dustin, moved to North Fork in 1993.
"Linda's need to help others has never been isolated to those within her family or church, but extends to her surrounding communities and beyond," Thorns said.
Her willingness to help began when she became involved in her son's kindergarten class (he's now a college graduate) at North Fork Elementary School. Room "mom" quickly expanded to Parent Teacher Group leadership roles.
She coordinated record setting fund raisers for the entire school for many years. Annually, she also secured donations, assembled and distributed holiday baskets for the less fortunate families in the area.
"When she saw a need, she took action,' Thorns said. "There wasn't an event at the school, elementary or high school, that Linda didn't either organize and/or volunteer her time to."
In 2000, she was a founding member of Minarets 2000. The committee worked tirelessly to pass the bond measure to build the new Minarets High School in O'Neals which opened in September 2009.
She has been the chairperson for the Casino Night fundraiser for the Children's Education Foundation for two years running. The Foundation solicits, manages and disperses voluntary contributions to enhance the quality of Chawanakee Unified School District.
Through the years, Gott-Maddox has been an active participant in a variety of community organizations including the North Fork School Site Council, North Fork Friends of the Library and the North Fork Boosters. She is secretary for the North Fork Auxiliary Fire Department and actively participates in the fund raising activities to help provide North Fork's volunteer fire fighters with proper equipment and supplies.
The annual Grizzly Century Bicycle Ride is said to be one of Linda's favorite events. The Grizzly raises funds that go directly back to North Fork for community improvements. She's handled event registration for several years, which includes being at the run headquarters from 4 a.m. and into the wee hours of the night.
She participates in the annual Relay for Life event and volunteers her time and energies for local charity events whenever and wherever the need arises.
Maddox-Gott was one of two recipients of the award.
Ponderosa, located in O'Neals, is a technology service provider offering telephone, internet and cable TV services and has served the central Sierra foothills since 1908.