The 2015 Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Awards Ceremony was a great success, and with the addition of nearly 70 new members since 2013, we expect this year’s event to be special as well. This years Banquet will be held on Thursday, February 25th 2016, at 6:00 PM at the Searcy County Civic Center in Marshall.
This year’s theme of the event is, “Building a Healthy Searcy County”.
We plan to have 2 special guests and speakers this year. Former Searcy County resident Dr. Jay Geoghagan from North Little Rock will be the first featured speaker. Deputy Parks Superintendent Laura Miller will be our second featured speaker.
Again we will be presenting awards for Chamber Business of the year, Employee of the Year, Volunteer of the year (which can also be a group) and in the Student Category, Agri Student of the year, Business Student of the year and Science / Technology Student of the Year, and an overall award for Community Service in the county called The “Spirit of Searcy County” Award.
Watch for more information about the Chamber Banquet on the Chamber’s Facebook Page.
2015 Banquet and Awards Ceremony a huge Success!!
The Annual Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce held it’s Banquet and Awards Ceremony last night, February 26th, 2015, at the Searcy County Civic Center. Nearly 200 were in attendance for the event, and it was a great success.
“The Spirit of Searcy County Award”: Searcy County Sheriff’s Deputy Lang Holland and State Police Officer Buster “Buckey” Rinks
Lifetime Achievement Award: Kenneth Fariss
Business of the Year: Ratchford Farms – L.C. Ratchford
Employee of the Year: Amanda McCoy – Marshall Medic Pharmacy
Volunteer of the Year: Keith Karnes
Business Student of the Year: Victoria Passmore 1st, Mersady Redding 2nd, Court Turney 3rd
Agriculture Student of the Year: Laykyn Rainbolt 1st, Logan Boyd 2nd, Grace Pepler 3rd
Science/Technology Student of the Year: Seth Stephenson 1st, Taylor Irwin 2nd, Domonique Baheza 3rd
3 of the Student winners (Seth Stephenson, Victoria Passmore and Mersady Redding) were not available for the photo because of a event conflict and are not shown.
(Photo by Bob King Photography)
2014 Banquet and Awards Ceremony a huge Success!!
On Thursday, February 27th, 2014 the Officers and many members of the Greater Searcy County Chamber of Commerce celebrated a banner year for the chamber with the 1st Annual Searcy County Chamber Banquet and Awards Ceremony. The re-organization of the Searcy County Chamber is 5 years old, and we passed a landmark this past year with over 100 members. We decided it was time to celebrate. Around 140 were in attendance for the event and everyone had a great time.
The old Searcy County Chamber was disbanded in the mid 1990’s and previously held a couple banquets during that earlier period, but current chamber member and previous member Bob King said this was by far the best attended event, and the chamber is stronger than ever.
Big Springs Trading Company catered the event with great food, and the food was served by the Girl Scouts.
The keynote Speaker was Lavina Grandon from the Rural Community Alliance. Lavina, is the past recipient of the Teacher of the Year award, and the Arkansas Rural Person of the Year in 2004. Lavina gave everyone a rousing and entertaining speech complete with props from the older days of the county, invoices from her birth, and what people paid for various items in past years. She told of the history of the area, where we are now, and where she things we’re going.
Awards were given in several categories including, Employee of the year, Business of the Year, and Volunteer of the year. School awards were given for Agri Students of the year, and business student of the year.
See the award winners below. (Photo by Ron Gillispie of the Marshall Mtn. Wave)
Winners from Left to Right are:
- Shelby Treat — Second Place Agri Student of the Year
- Clark Taylor — First Place Agri Student of the Year
- James Housley — Honorable Mention Agri Student of the Year
- Charmaine Seaton – Director of the Searcy County Civic Center – Volunteer of the Year
- Nancy Jones, Jeanie Horton, Teresa Jackson, Amanda McCoy, Kelsey Whitelaw (Medic Pharmacy) — Business of the Year
- Grace Pepler — Third Place Agri Student of the Year
- Foy Whitelaw with his son Finn — (Ozark Hardwood Flooring) — Employee of the Year
- Susan Verhegge — Business Student of the Year
Jack Treat was also presented his award of Lifetime Achievement for his work with the community and the Searcy County Chamber of Commerce by Chamber Vice President Lee Walsh