Our membership is strong and our leaders are passionate about providing business support. We are also committed to serving as the voice of business at the state and local level. Our staff is working on our annual Program of Work so that on January 2, we will hit the new year off running full steam ahead!
To kick off the new year, our annual Installation and Awards Luncheon will be held Wednesday, January 11 at Tchefuncta Country Club. The luncheon agenda will include installation of our 2017 board of directors, who have committed their time and expertise to set policy and carry out chamber programs designed to maintain an atmosphere for commerce in St. Tammany Parish. At this time we will also honor our outgoing board members, as well as recognize a Board Member of the Year, Member of the Year and Committee of the Year.
The tradition of heralding the achievements of the Community Leadership and Tammany Award winners will also take place during the luncheon. Each year we recognize one outstanding business and one individual who have made their mark here and contributed in a major way to the betterment of St. Tammany. This prestigious award tradition will again go to those most deserving recognition.
The Tammany Award is presented to a business that has demonstrated leadership and drive, making it a leader in its field and in the community; experienced growth in employment; increase in sales or volume; responded to adversity in a positive manner; and shows evidence of contributions toward welfare of the community.
Previous winners of this award, beginning with the most recent, include: Painting with a Twist, Pelican Energy Consultants, Franco’s Athletic Club, Netchex, The Dakota Restaurant, Lakeview Regional Medical Center, Florida Marine Transporters, Ballard Enterprises, Zen-Noh Grain Corporation, Hornbeck Offshore, CLECO, F. A. Richard & Associates, DonahueFavret Contractors, SCP Pool Corp., Honda of Covington, Pelican Athletic Club, Champagne Beverage, Lamarque Northshore Ford, St. Tammany Parish Hospital and Poole Lumber Company.
The Community Leadership Award is given to an individual who has played a prominent role in maintaining and enhancing our quality of life through exemplary service in non-profit, civic or charitable organizations, and has visibly demonstrated leadership abilities through outstanding accomplishments for organizations to which they contribute their time and expertise.
Past winners of the Community Leadership Award are: Cliff Bergeron, Pat Brister, Willie Paretti, Dick Knight, Kevin Davis, Phoebe Whealdon, Senior Pastor Alfred N. Young Jr., Joanne Gallinghouse, Jimmy Rogers, Peter Link, Dr. Adrian Cairns & Max Lauderdale, Marilyn Wenzel, the late Deacon Joe Lazo, Lou Gavin, Larry Burch, Jan Robert & Nixon Adams, Jack & Maura Donahue, Kathy Hayward, and Ron & Sandy Franco.
So who will win this year? Join us on January 11 to find out! Sponsored by Chevron and Capital One, the cost to attend is $40 for members, $50 for non-members and $470 for a reserved table for eight. Seating is limited, and reservations can be made online or by calling 985-892-3216.