Chamber seeks nominations for awards banquet

By Abby Hackmann - [email protected]

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Membership Meeting and Awards Dinner next month.

The ceremony is planned for Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Highlands.

The banquet will begin with the chairman’s reception and there will be dinner, entertainment and an awards ceremony. Tickets are $35 per person and available at the chamber.

“It’s the annual meeting in which we celebrate the year of 2015,” said Janet Smith, executive director of the chamber. “We will have the changing of the chairman.”

Chairman Lee Howell is expected to hand the gavel to incoming chairman Dean Nichols.

The event will also install new board members and honor chamber members and volunteers.

The top honors include: the Dormagen/McLean Community Youth Service Award; and Dunbar/McCoy Quality of Life Award.

“Nominations for the awards are accepted through Jan. 6,” Smith said. “You can get nomination forms from the chamber.”

The Dormagen/McLean Award, established in 2000 in memory of Chris McLean and Josh Dormagen, will be presented to a deserving Scotland County student or recent graduate that exemplifies the spirit of service, leadership, and positive growth among his or her peers.

Nominees for this award must be residents of Scotland County and be between the ages of 15 and 21 as of Dec. 31, 2015.

Established in 1988, the Dunbar/McCoy Quality of Life Award is named for Wade Dunbar and Mary McCoy. This award goes to a Scotland County resident considered to be a civic-minded unsung hero. It is for a citizen who contributes to the community by giving his or her time and energy freely and unselfishly. The nominee for this award must live in Scotland County and should have considerable community service experience.

The nominees must have completed more than 60 hours of verifiable community or church service over the year and must not have any criminal record violations. While academic achievement will be considered secondary to community service, nominees must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for the award.

Nomination letters should highlight the nominee’s accomplishments and why they deserve the award. Letters can be dropped off no later than Jan. 6 at the chamber on 606 S. Atkinson St.

Winners will be invited to the dinner and celebration to receive a plaque of recognition.

“It’s a good time for the chamber to celebrate the year that it’s had and we have had a wonderful a year,” Smith said. “We look froward to 2016.”

For information, call the chamber at 910-276-7420 or e-mail [email protected]

By Abby Hackmann

[email protected]

Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.

Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.

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