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Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce "Raises the Roof"
Houston County Courier - March 2009
By Jessica L. Zwar
Crockett Area Chamber
Going on the theme of "Raising the roof of your chamber," Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual banquet at Crockett Civic Center on Thursday evening, Feb. 19 with many attendees showing up wearing caps and t-shirts which represented their businesses.
Banquet tables were decorated with caps donated by local companies along with nails spread across the tables to amp up the "working" theme.
The 2008 Citizen of the Year Award and plaque was presented to Shirley Michka, a very deserving person who is active in the chamber and several community organizations and projects, including the Houston County Tourism Committee, Piney Woods Fine Arts Association, Houston County Career Women and Houston County Republican Party of which she has served in various official capacities.
Syneva Williams, ambassador chairman introduced the 2008 Ambassador of the Year. Virgil Groat, known as our "free spirit," accepted the award and plaque. He was chosen by a point system that is kept in the chamber office and agreed to by each of the ambassadors.
Points are given for such things as helping at special events, attending open houses, ribbon cuttings, wearing chamber badges, signing up new members, and attending chamber luncheons.
Paula and Wayne Thompson presented Volunteer of the Year Award and plaque to Theresa Ramsey who has volunteered much of her time to chamber events such as Christmas in Crockett, the Fiddler's Festival, and she has even devoted time in the chamber office.
Wayne Williams Motor Company was awarded Business of the Year. Williams accepted the honor and plaque for his company, which is well known for its support of many Houston County youth endeavors, including sports, school and agriculture special events.
The 2008 Business of the Year has a famous slogan spread throughout East Texas that has been used in college marketing classes as an example of a successful slogan that is easily identifiable:
"All roads lead to Crockett where it's not too far for a far better deal."
The Ambassador Team of the Year Award went to Shirley Michka, team captain, Brenda Christian, Catherine McCall, Julie Newton, Jan Pigford, Theresa Ramsey, Margaret Rothrock, Diana Santone and Claire Black.
The ambassadors worked as a team and garnered a total of 1,113 points for the year. The team attended ribbon cuttings, ground breakings, chamber lunches and many other activities in the area.
The second team of ambassadors was recognized during the night's event: Team leader Jessica Murff, Polly Shupak, Diana Peterson, Charlie Bobbitt, and Steve Keller.
Outgoing board of directors were presented with tokens of appreciation for their service: Martin Cochran with Martin's Home Central, Louis Michka with Louis Michka Tax Service, Wayne Mask with Mask Chiropractic Clinic, past chamber chairman, and Joni Clonts with Moosehead Café,
Chairman of the Board Wayne Mask also recognized special guests such as State Representative Chuck Hopson as well as many other elected officials.
Included in the presentations of awards was Jeana Brooks, president of the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce.
After the awards ceremony, the crowd enjoyed great music from the Nearly There Band, a band from the greater east Texas area. The band really helped with the "raising the roof" theme with their enthusiastic performance.
They definitely got several county couples dancing to their wonderful music.
Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce sent letters to Houston County schools asking students to participate in the building of a barn.
Ms. Morgan's GT class from Kennard Elementary School received the first place prize of $100. Mrs. Culp's first grade class at Crockett Elementary School received the second place prize of $50.
The banquet began with an invocation by Dennis Ivey, Harvest Church, who also led the pledge. Trish Robinson, a member of the Nearly There Band sang the National Anthem.
Doc's Country Store & BBQ catered the event by preparing a delicious spread of a 14-oz. steak, pinto beans, garlic toast, salad and for dessert--peach cobbler and ice cream.