4 lane US 29 North to Alabama Line

I-110 Spur into Pensacola

Pensacola Civic Center

Big Lagoon State Park

Blue Angel Parkway

Homeporting – USS Kittyhawk Relocation

Judicial Center Complex

Sewer System at Century

Maximum of Education Funding, K-12

Computer Center at UWF

New Science Bldg at PJC

Athletic Funding at UWF & PJC

T.T. Wentworh Museum Funding

Pensacola Historic District Funding

Naval Air Museum Funding

Restoration of Saenger Theatre

Local Legislation to Establish ECUA & PEDC

Santa Rosa Island Bike Trail

Park Funding at Pensacola Beach

Sales & Property Tax exemptions for new industry

Development of Ellyson Field

Pensacola Beach Preservation Law to save 380 acres

Perdido Key Fire Station

Bayou Chico & Bayou Texar restoration projects

Funding of Health & Aging Services


1972 – Certificate of Appreciation from Pensacola Jaycees and the U.S. and Florida Jaycees

1973 – Certificate of Appreciation from National Police Officer’s Assoc.

1973 – 1979 – Florida Credit Union Leagues, Inc. Outstanding Legislative Service Award for Distinguished Leadership and Service to our Community and the State of Florida, T.R. Jackson Alumni and Santa Rosa County

1975 – Certificate of Appreciation from Hobbs Middle School, Billy Helms, Principal

1975 – Legislator of the Year for Outstanding Service to Vision Care in the State of Florida

1975 – Most Effective in Debate, Florida Senate

1975 – Certificate of Appreciation from Department of Education

1975 – Operation Involvement Certificate of Appreciation from University of West Florida

1975 – Appreciation Award from Independent Insurance Agents of Pensacola

1975 – Outstanding Service from Independent Insurers of Pensacola

1975 – Awarded Charter Membership in Naval Aviation Association

1976 – Commemorative Medal, Commission as Colonel of the NRA (New Patriot Army for Meritorious Service)

1976 – Certificate of Appreciation from Escambia County Council on Aging

1976 – Certificate for Outstanding Service from Licensed Practical Nurses Assoc. of Florida

1976 – Recognition Award from West Florida Legislative Delegation RE: New State Office Building and Governmental Center Complex

1976 – Most Effective in Debate, Florida Senate

1977 – Unified Sportsmen Service Award

1977 – Certificate of Appreciation from Kiwanis Club of Pensacola

1977 – Documentation for Outstanding Professional and Public Service Achievements, Florida State University and the Florida State University Alumni Association

1977-1978 – Certificate of Appreciation of behalf of the Players State Theatre

1977 – Plaque of Appreciation from Associated General Contaractors

1977 – Florida Board of Building Codes and Standards in Recognition for Significant Contribution to Building Construction Standards

1978 – Senate Resolution Commending Senator Childers and urging him to remain in the Florida Senate

1978 – Honorary Award for Recognition of Outstanding Service to Girl Scouting, N.W. Florida Girl Scout Council, Inc.

1978 – Florida Institute of CPA’s Distinguished Legislator Award

1978 – Most Effective in Committee, Florida Senate

1978- 1979 - Award for Outstanding Contribution to Mental Health from District 1, Mental Health Board, Inc.

1979 – Most Effective Member of the Florida Senate

1979 – Escambia County Medical Society Certificate of Merit for Legislative Excellence

1979 – In Recognition of Outstanding Commitment and Legislative Support for Mental Health Services from Santa Rosa County Mental Health and Rehabilitative Facility, Inc.

1979 – Pensacola Pen Wheels, Inc. Special thanks for concerns and contributions for the handicapped citizens of Escambia County

1979 – Honorary Alumnus, University of West Florida in recognition of significant contributions and support of the University

1979 – Governor’s Award for the Arts

1979 – Certificate of Appreciation from Unified Sportsmen of Florida

1979 – Certificate of Appreciation from Democratic Party of Florida

1979 – Certificate of Participation from National Career Guidance Week, Woodham High School

1979 – Florida League of Cities, Inc., Prominent Personality Salute

1979 – Certificate of Appreciation from Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary

1979 – Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Member from National Honor Fraternity of the Community and Junior College

1979 – Disabled American Veterans Citation for Loyalty, Devotion and Service to the Veteran

1980 – Gavel from Monsanto Plant

1980 – Exceptional Merit Award for Conspicuous Leadership in restructuring and imporoving Florida’s Workmen’s Compensation Law from Associated Self Insurers of Florida

1980 – Pine Forest Quarterback Club for your enthusiastic support of Pine Forest High School Football program

1980 – Freedom Award from Tampa Women for responsible legislation

1980 – Award of Appreciation from the Home Builders of West Florida

1980 – Certificate of Appreciation from Pensacola Pen Wheels

1980 – Legislator of the Year Award from Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida, Inc.

1980 – University of West Florida United Faculty of Florida Political Action Committee Awards Convocation for support of the State University System and the University of West Florida

1980 – Florida International University Certificate of Appreciation

1980 – Acknowledgment of Harmonious Representation from Senator Lawton Chiles

1980 – Certificate of Appreciation from Rotary Club of Gulf Breeze

1980 – Most Effective in Debate, Florida Senate

1980 – Local Jaycees Good Government Award

1981 – Florida Jaycees Governmental Affairs Seminar Appreciation Award

1981 – Kiwanis Club 59th Annual Civic Award

1981 – Pine Forest Quarterback Club Award for support of the Pine Forest High School Athletic Programs

1981 – Certificate of Appreciation for personal support from Pensacola Fraternal Order of Police

1981 – Florida Blue Key Honorary Membership

1981 – Certificate for Meritorious Service to Florida Government from Jay High School

1981 – Pensacola Civitan Club 1980 Citation for Outstanding Civic Service in the Promotion of Good Citizenship

1981 – Certificate of Appreciation for Courtesies extended to the Club from Pensacola Suburban West Rotary Club

1981 – Pensacola Jaycees Good Government Award

1981 – FEA United President’s Award

1981 – Kentucky Colonel Commission

1981 – The 3rd Annual Joe Oldmixon Award

1982 – Certificate of Appreciation from Governor’s Veterans Advisory Council

1982 – Certificate of Appreciation from Operation Involvement, University of West Florida

1982 – Certificate of Appreciation from Florida Concrete and Products Association

1982 – Certificate of Appreciation from Kiwanis Club of Warrington

1982 – Certificate of Appreciation from Kiwanis Club of Greater Pensacola

1982 – Appreciation for Dedicated Service from District One Mental Health Board, Inc.

1983 – Outstanding Legislative Contribution from Florida Council for Community Mental Health

1984 – Friends of Education Award from Santa Rosa Professional Educators

1984 – Certificate of Appreciation from Florida Federation of Community Development Corporations

1984 – Certificate of Appreciation from Kiwanis Club of Greater Pensacola

1984 – Certificate of Appreciation for Effort and Support in Establishing the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. State Museum

1984 – Ladies Auxiliary #706 Veterans of Foreign Ward and Families, for helping veterans

1984 - Radio Club – Certificate of Appreciation

1985 - In Recognition of Outstanding Service – by Florida Council of Handicapped Organization

1985 - Resolution by Pensacola City Council – for distinguished Service to Citizens of W. Fla.

1986 – Certificate of Award – Pensacola  Board of Realtors

1987 – Most Accessible Legislator – by Handicap Council

1987 – Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Council Appreciation Award

1987 – Center for Independent Living Appreciation Award

1987 – Pensacola Board of Realtors Appreciation Award

1987 – Association of Physicians of Clinics & Hospitals Appreciation Award

1988 – Lakeview Center Board of Directors for Valuable Assistance to Youth Mental Health Needs

1988 – Naval Aviation Museum Award for Outstanding Support

1988 – American Advertising Federation, Inc. – Thank you for carrying out your duty Award

1988 – Recognition Award for Service to FSU Center for Employment Relations & Law Center

1988 – Award for Outstanding Leadership & Service – University of West FL Government

1989 – Honorary Member Tate Quarterback Club for Outstanding Support to the club & Community

1989 – 1989 Session Award – Committee of 100

1989 – Outstanding Legislative Contributions Award – by FL Credit Union League

1989 – Certificate of Appreciation for Dedicated Service to the Disabled & the Center for Independent

Living of North West Florida

1989 – Organized Fishermen of FL – Legislative Award for Outstanding friendship &  dedication concern for Florida’s commercial fishing industry

1990 – Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service representing the interest of Northwest Florida in the Florida legislature

1990 – Humane Society of Pensacola for appreciation for your efforts & friendship for the homeless pets of our area & your commitment to a better future for all animals

1990 – Division of Insurance Fraud – SB955 Father, friend & founder

1990 – City of Parker – certificate for appreciation for making the necessary funds available to preserving a parcel of property in Parker

1990 – Organized Fishermen of Florida – Award for appreciation for those who make their living by providing others with Florida’s seafood resources.

1990 – Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services – Certificate of Distinction & Appreciation

1990 – Pen Wheels, Inc. – Award for appreciation for the disabled in Esc. County

1990 – Allen Morris Award – Most effective Senator in Committee

1991 – Pensacola Cultural Center – In recognition of y our support, dedication & generous contribution

1991 – HRS Entomology Services Programs – Dog Fly Control – Award for appreciation for outstanding support

1991 – Lakeview Center, Inc. – Board of Directors Recognizes Senator  Childers for his outstanding contributions to increase and improve mental health services in Escambia County & Northwest Florida

1991 – Florida Credit Union League Movement in Florida – in recognition for Sen. Childers untiring legislative efforts to preserve the credit union in Florida

1992 – Legislative Award – Appreciation – Pensacola Pen Wheels, Inc.

1993 – American Cancer Society – in appreciation for community support of life saving programs & patient services

1993 – Legislative leadership - Florida Medical Assoc. – outstanding leadership

1993 – The City of Crestview, Florida – Dedicated & quality leadership

1993 – Legislative Award – dedicated support – Pensacola Employ the Handicapped Council – Pensacola Pen Wheels, Inc.

1994 – National Rifle Assoc. of America – Florida legislator of the year

1994 – Florida Assoc. of Realtors – Legislator of the Year

1994 – Florida Professional Firefighters

1996 – Florida Assoc of Counties – Small County Coalition – For leadership & support during the 1996 session – on behalf of small counties & rural communities

1996 – Able Trust – In appreciation for your support and commitment to advancing employment opportunities for citizens with disabilities

1997 – City of Gretna, Mayor David Sailor and Commissioners – for outstanding leadership in making Gretna a better community

1997 – Holmes County Farm Bureau – for continued support to Holmes County, Florida

1997 – Florida Regional Council Association – in recognition of your support

1997 – American Heart Association – in recognition of your valuable support during the 1997 session

1997 – Patrick Henry Award – National Guard Assoc. of the United States

1998 – Small School District Council Consortium

1998 – FACT and all parents of children with autism – thank you for making this year an extraordinary one

1998 – Builders Assoc. of West Florida “A Salute to WD Childers for his 28 years of Tireless support to the West Florida Housing Industry

1998 – American Heart Assoc. – “Recognizing your time saves lives.”

1999 – Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children – In grateful recognition of generous support and your investment in humanity

1999 – Pensacola Cultural Center –“Walk of Stars” located on Jefferson or Zarragosa St.


And a  great deal more including:

As long-serving chair of the General Government Appropriations Committee, he was responsible for establishing the budget for most of the state agencies in Florida, ensuring that they were appropriately funded to meet their statutory duties and responsibilities and the needs of Florida citizens.