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Current Family of the Year
The 2016 Family of the Year is

The Ramsey Family

Matt and Becky Ramsey and their four children believe in using every single day as an opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of others in our community. As Matt or Becky drop their three youngest children off at Rainbow Elementary School in the mornings, often the very last thing they say to the children is "go make a positive impact on somebody's life today!" Then, when the busy family comes together for dinner, they reflect on whether they met that goal. 
 
Whether they are volunteering at schools, coaching sports teams, serving as scouts leaders, or teaching Sunday School, the Ramseys serve the community with their high integrity and strong morals, in hopes that by paying it forward they are making a lasting difference, says Matt.  This heartfelt, compelling desire to serve comes from their faith in Jesus Christ, and the fact that He came to serve. They live by the words in Luke 10:27 - Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, Love your neighbor as yourself.  
   
The Ramsey parents pour themselves into their children's activities wholeheartedly, and are always right beside them to lead and support them. This keeps the Ramseys close as a family but also allows them to contribute to strengthening other families in our community, especially our young people. “As parents, we believe the biggest impact we can have on the community and the world that we live in, is to make a difference in the life of a child,” says Becky. 
 
M
att is an aerospace engineer and VP at Willbrook Solutions, where he won the 2014 NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest NASA award a non-civil servant can receive.  He graduated from Mississippi State University (MSU) with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering. While at MSU, he played on the baseball team that won the SEC title in 1989. He still plays sports and has combined it with his passion for ministry as a member of the Asbury UMC Adult Men’s Basketball Ministry. Matt has passed his love of sports on to his children, and he has consistently coached them every season in several sports for more than 10 years.  
   
Becky also works at Willbrook Solutions in the position of Contracts Manager. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Alabama, and both a master’s degree in Acquisition and Contract Management and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology. She is an active volunteer at Rainbow Elementary where she is on the Rainbow PTA Board as VP of Fundraising, she is the PTA co-chair of the 5th & 6th grade social, and she has worked as Room Mom for multiple years. Like her husband, Becky has coached her children on many teams over the past decade. 
       
The Ramsey’s oldest child, Emily Womble, now lives in Memphis, Tenn. where she began working at International Paper after graduating with honors from MSU. Emily was a member of MSU's Famous Maroon Band, the Pi Beta Phi Sorority and a Student Ambassador. A Bob Jones High School graduate and honor student, Emily was a member of the Patriot Marching and Concert Bands and various clubs and societies where she performed many hours of community service. She played sports and cheered as a child, and was a member of the Girl Scouts. 
      
Son Boone is a 6th grade honor student and an exceptionally talented chess player, currently ranked in the top 100 chess players regardless of age in the State of Alabama. He is a key member of the 4-man Rainbow Elementary Chess Team that won a National Championship and that has won the Alabama State Scholastic Chess Championship for the past three years.  He has spent five years in Boy Scouts where he holds rank of Second Class. He also plays baseball with Madison Baseball Association (MBA) and his 10U team won the Dizzy Dean Area Tournament held at Palmer Park. He has also played basketball with Basketball Association of Madison (BAM) and Upward Basketball, and soccer with AYSO. He also swims on two Madison teams, the Madison Dolphins and Madison Swim Association, where his free relay and medley teams have been in the top three in the state for 2013, 2014 and 2015. 
      
Boone’s twin sister Lucy is an excellent student and talented athlete. At Huntsville Futbol Club she excels at multiple soccer positions. She has also played basketball at BAM and Upward, cheered for Upward and played AYSO soccer. Like Boone, she swims with the two Madison teams, and her 2015 Relay Team won the Alabama State Championship. She is also a Girl Scout. 
      
Kate is also an excellent student and enjoys sports. She has played basketball at BAM, softball at Madison Softball, and cheered for Upward, and like her older siblings, she swims on the two Madison swim teams, where her 2014 relay team was number four in the state. Kate is also a Girl Scout. 
      
The Ramsey family is very active in their church, the Church of the Highlands, where Matt and Becky volunteer as small group leaders. Previously, they spent eight years serving as Sunday School teachers for grades K-5th at Asbury United Methodist Church. They take great pride in knowing that in their many years of teaching Sunday School in Madison they assisted in the construction of the spiritual foundation of hundreds of local children.  
      
The Ramseys are involved in so many meaningful activities, but their time spent with scouts over the past 17 years is extra special to them. Matt is an Eagle Scout, Becky a Girl Scout, and all four of the Ramsey children have been or currently are scouts.  Matt and Becky have spent several hundred hours in multiple leadership positions within Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and in helping with a variety of scouting events.  They believe strongly in the scouting philosophy that teaching traditional scouting strengthens our community by raising leaders, good conscientious citizens, and lovers/protectors of the outdoors.
      
Through Boy Scouts the family has participated in the Muscular Dystrophy Walk; bagged potatoes, beans and other foodstuffs for Asbury Food Mission; worked in monthly Kids’ Kingdom clean-up projects; made Cards for Soldiers for Veteran’s Day; helped with the Scouting for Food drive; and participated in Toys for Tots. Through Girl Scouts they have served nursing homes, helped at the ARK animal shelter, collected PJs for Foster Kids, donated games to the hospital, collected jackets and blankets for Downtown Rescue Mission, and packed weekend food bags with Asbury Food Pantry.  
      

Being an active family, the Ramseys are often asked how they manage to “do it all.” Their answer is simple, “It’s because of our roots - the strong foundation we have in our family that gives us the strength and support that we need to reach for and achieve even our highest goals,” says Matt. They garner their strength from unconditional love, trust, support and communication. Their home is what they call “base” - a safe place where they support each other at all times and where there is a lot of silliness and laughter. “Having fun together as a family helps build our family identity into what makes us unique and special. That quality time really generates those memories that help bind our family together and creates our story,” says Becky.



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