The Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) held its 18th Annual River Bell Awards Luncheon on December 7, 2017 at the Paducah McCracken County Convention and Expo Center in Paducah, KY. The Luncheon honored Mr. James F. Farley (Kirby Corporation, ret.) with the River Bell Award, Ms. Cherrie Felder of Channel Shipyards with the Distinguished Service Award, and Mr. Scott McGeorge of Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel Company with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Shell (US) Trading with the Leadership in Safety Award, accepted by Capt. Tim Downs.
Additionally, the US Coast Guard made a presentation of the USCG Public Service Commendation to two SCI employees, Ms. Kelly Butts and Mr. William (Buck) Viniard, who have each served SCI for 20 years