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Anita Fillingim, one of the most well-known and beloved members of the Thomaston-Upson Arts Council (TUAC), was named the 2012 Service to Mankind Award Winner at the Thomaston Sertoma Club’s annual Service to Mankind dinner Friday night. Anita and her husband, Rev. Claude Fillingim, a retired Methodist minister, moved to Thomaston in 2003, and Anita became a member of TUAC, serving on the Board of Directors, playing piano in TUAC productions, directing countless plays and musicals, and making many of the costumes. Phil Hancock, who presented the award, said anyone who has been to a performance has benefitted from her skill. “She has helped to develop discipline and self-confidence in the participants, especially children, and there are essential assets for success in life,” Hancock said. Anita has also assisted in plays at Flint River Academy in Woodbury, serves as pianist for the First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, helps with Children’s Choir, is accompianist for plays at the church, is a Church Hostess with her husband, and conducts a Wednesday night Bible Study with her husband. The Fillingims are originally from Kansas and are planning to move back to Kansas in the near future. Left to right in the photo are Sertoman Phil Hancock, Anita Fillingim, Rev. Claude Fillingim, and Sertoma Club President Bobby Bickley.