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WOW,  What a night!  On Tuesday, January 12th, the Chamber of Commerce held our Annual Awards Banquet at the Pageland Community Center.  Again this year, our businesses jumped for the chance to decorate tables reflecting their company.  Beautiful tables and unique ones were admired by approximately 150 guest for the event. Our theme “It Starts with Us” got off to a good start with all of the participation for the evening.   Be sure and check out the loads of pictures below.

 

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 Beautiful music filled the air, thanks to Wingate University student Taylor Vansil.  The guest enjoyed judging the table decorations and voting for their favorite.  A wonderful meal was provided by Mickey’s Restaurant. 

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We heard from 2009 President Greg Lawrence on some of the highlights from the year, especially the 1st Annual Art Show at the Center and the Candidate Forum.  2010 Chamber President, Joe Steen promised to keep things interesting for us and to continue the drive to make Pageland a wonderful place to live, work and do business.

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Our speaker, Mr. Larry Stinson, Principal at New Heights Middle School gave a serious and sometime humorous look at how we should perceive ourselves and the people we encounter.  Be happy in your situation, be happy with how you look and who you are, and accept imperfections.  He also introduced us to FIDO, who sits in his office window and reminds him to Forget It and Drive On.  Never waste time on revenge or being mad.  Mr. Stinson reminded us that “If  you don’t do it, someone else will”.  Sticking to our banquet theme “It Starts with Us”, you may miss out on a true blessing or an opportunity for personal growth if you don’t let change begin with you!

Awards were presented as follows:

Joanne Woehlkens presented 5 Years in Business- Sims/Thaxton Insurance Co, LLC; 10 Years in Business – Pizza Hut and Dr. Thomas Hendley, DMD; 15 years in Business – Guest Lodge and T&L’s Food Shop.

Greg Gause presented 20 Years in Business – Kentucky Fried Chicken of Pageland; 25 Years in Business – Cedar Lane Supply; 30 Years in Business – Bilo; Pageland Floral & Gift; South Pointe Christian School.  35 Years in Business – Attorney, W. Lee Youngblood.

Greg Lawrence presented 40 Years in Business – Conbraco Industries; 50 Years of Service – USC Lancaster; 70 Years in Business – Lynches River Electric Cooperative; and 80 Years in Business – Sutton/Baumgartner Funeral Home

Karen Brock presented Business Improvement Awards to Lynn’s Cafe, Cowboy’s Corner and Mack Nicholson (South Pointe Student Center Building).

Joe Steen presented Community Spirit Awards to Central High School 2009 Football Team, Derrick McManus, and Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Bennettsville.

Shawn Freeman presented Community Service Awards to Pageland Pride Partnership and Linnett Foard for her work with Guardian ad Litem.  

John Barr also present Community Service Awards to Wal-Mart DC 6073 and the Town of Pageland Maintenance Department.

Phil Ingram presented Friend of the Festival Awards to Josh Johnson and the Pageland Police Department.

Karen Brock continued with Friend of the Festival Awards to Parade Grand Marshals Betty Ballard and Teenie Blakeney.

Steve Kirchen presented the Chamber Service Award to Steve Crisp for fund raising efforts toward our Golf Tournament. 

Phil Ingram presented a $600 check to the Pageland Pride Project to help with redecorating the Pageland Town Hall.

Joe Steen presented the Past President Award to Greg Lawrence.

Tony Nolan announced the Corporate Citizen of the Year – Lynches River Electric Cooperative.  They were chosen especially for their works through WIRE (Women In Rural Electric) and Operation Round Up.

Sarah Decker announced the Citizen of the Year – Bruce “Eddie” Rivers – our Fire Cheif for the last 40+ years, Chesterfield County Councilman for the Pageland area for 20+ years and retiree of the Town of Pageland.

The night ended with the announcement of the $50 prize for Best Table – Wal-Mart DC 6073.  Wal-Mart will donate that money to the Pageland Pride Project.

Thank all of you for making this event a success.  Go ahead and start thinking about next year!