PPA National Award Recipient
Charlcey Dickson of Plainview, Texas
by Bill Hedrick
Volunteers are the lifeblood of any association, especially the Texas Professional Photographers Association. They are the ones who make everything work, from decorating for banquets, to picking up program speakers from the airport, to working in the image competition. Volunteering is something they do because they care. However, there are those volunteers who work relentlessly behind the scenes who rarely attract attention. Often, they are the first to arrive and the last to leave. This year’s National Award recipient is one of those unique individuals.
Charlcey Dickson is the wife of Don Dickson and has been involved with photography for over 40 years as the wife of a studio owner and at her husband’s side during his years as a Texas PPA officer, PPA President, and Director of the Texas School of Professional Photography. But she also owned a Hallmark Store for many years as well and has a Master’s degree in Home and Family Living. She has always been a busy woman who steps up to the plate and takes care of business whenever the need arises.
Those who have been around Charlcey over the years also know that she loves to travel, especially on cruises, and loves good wine as well as Diet Coke. She’s also a Texas Tech Red Raiders fan and word has it that she cannot watch a game without screaming. So, it is with a great deal of joy that we honor Charlcey Dickson with an award that is long overdue. The inscription on this coveted award simply reads, “For meritorious contributions to professional photography.” The words are few but the meaning is deeper than words can express.