2007-01-31 / Front Page

COC Banquet was fun for all

COC by Wanda Griffin

Dot Wainright was presented the Community Volunteer of the Year by Sandra and Jim East. Dot Wainright was presented the Community Volunteer of the Year by Sandra and Jim East. Each year the Colquitt-Miller County Chamber of Commerce banquets just keep getting better and more fun for all those who participate.

The 20th annual banquet was held at the Miller County High School Cafeteria on Thursday, January 25, with a full house. If you missed the 20th annual Colquitt-Miller County Chamber of Commerce Dinner Meeting, you missed a real treat.

Normally, a meeting of this type can be more of a duty than an enjoyable evening but not so for this event. An evening of good fellowship, great food, entertainment par excellence were enjoyed by all who attended. tended.

Chamber chairman Dr. Russ Henley called the meeting to order and asked, the Rev. Carl Marshall, pastor of First Baptist Church, to open the meeting with prayer and a blessing on the food.

Serving the delicious meal were members of the Beta Club, Student Council, and FBLA.

The large crowd was invited to enjoy the dinner prepared by the lunchroom staff. By the looks of some of the plates, the dinner was enjoyed by all.

Katina Kirkland receives the Teacher of the Year Award from Principal Kent Richardson. Katina Kirkland receives the Teacher of the Year Award from Principal Kent Richardson. Chairman Russ Henley then gave the official welcome to all COC members and their guests. He recognized elected officials from the city and county, BOE, RDC and the 2006-2007 Mayhaw queens. Chairman Henley also recognized all the Leadership Colquitt graduates.

Chairman Henley then asked MCES Principal Kent Richardson to start the coveted awards part of the program. Mr. Richardson told of some of the attributes for a teacher and then presented the Teacher of the Year Award to Katina Kirkland.

Jim and Sandra East, the 2005 Community Volunteers, then presented the Community Volunteer of the Year 2007 Award to Dot Wainright for her many volunteer efforts in our community.

The Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award was presented by Cory Thomas. The 2007 Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award went to Debbie Wittmer for her many hours of volunteer work for the Chamber.

Karen Kimbrel then presented the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Awards to Libba Fudge and Jane Merritt. These two ladies were very instrumental in the Spring Creek Park project from the very beginning and were most deserving of this honor.

Libba Fudge and Jane Merritt receive the Lifetime Achievement was fun for all awards from Karen Kimbrel. Libba Fudge and Jane Merritt receive the Lifetime Achievement was fun for all awards from Karen Kimbrel. Chairman Henley presented certificates of appreciation to the outgoing board members for 2006. They were Karen Kimbrel, Maxine Torbert, Jim East, and Keith Lovering.

He then inducted the 2007 Chamber board and officers.

Chairman Henley went over some of the 2007 Program of Work. He urged all members to volunteer for as many of the chamber projects as possible, but especially for the National Mayhaw Festival. "It takes all of our help and support to make these projects that benefit our county and the people that are served by the COC."

The program for the evening, "A Taste of May- Haw," featuring several of the cast members, had the audience in stitches with laughter. After an enjoyable evening of great food, excellent singing and entertainment, Chairperson Henley thanked COC president, Veryl Cockey for her help, along with her administrative assistant, Donna Weeks.

COC Banquet Debbie Wittmer was presented the Chamber Volunteer of the COC Banquet Debbie Wittmer was presented the Chamber Volunteer of the With no other business, the meeting was adjourned with fond memories of people who strive to make Colquitt and Miller County a better place to work, live and rear our children.

The MayHaw entertainment was some of the best ever. The MayHaw entertainment was some of the best ever.

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