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Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday

By: Sherrie Williams
The annual Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet will be held Saturday evening at First Family Center, using the theme, “Stars Over Texas.”

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and a dinner of bacon wrapped chopped sirloin patty, redskin mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, roll, and peach cobbler, catered by Kathy’s Bakery and Deli will be served at 7 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Ray Stone, who has provided coverage of the Dallas Cowboys for over 30 years on a radio network spanning across Texas and neighboring states. He will share humorous stories on Dallas Cowboy greats including Tom Landry, Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Emmitt Smith.

Highlight of the banquet is the presentation of awards for Outstanding Citizen, Senior Citizen, Educator, Student, and Business of the Year.

The Citizen of the Year Award has been presented to a deserving person in the community since 1971, with Gladys James being the first recipient.

Other winners include Dr. Gordon Clark, Mrs. Frank Harlin, Ralph Beall, Wayne House, Darrell Dick, Lita Watson, Mrs. Charlie Lee, Bill Steger, Gordon Griffith, Buck Voyles, Bill Gilmore, H.M. Nipper, Iowa Park Volunteer Fire Department, and Grover Cleveland.

Also, Frances George, James Barrington, Dr. Erwin Soell, Robert Palmer, Bob Hamilton, Michael Price, Ruth Welch, Sheri Kennedy, Joe Hughes, Louis Sefcik, O.N. Newman, Kenneth Via, Tommy Key, Richard Hicks, Glena Via, Steven Raby, Danny Skinner, Murray Shook, Gene Jordan, Tim Hunter, Dolores Hamilton, Chris Schlaud and Kathy Riggins.

The award for Outstanding Senior Citizen began in 1976. Recipients include: Fenton Dale, Mrs. W.F. George, Arch Hughes, Charlie Metz, Bertha McDonald, Otis Gay, Mrs. James Sewell, Lester Brooks, Riley Thompson, Olive Blalock, Pauline Singleton, Carl Sullivan, Ida Mae Lehman, Raymond Good, Tommie Smith, Betty Lowe, Wayne House, Virgil Woodfin, Myrna Robinson.

Also, Laverne Owen, Dean Henderson, Carlton Hicks, Joe Singer, Margaret Sheets, James Beals, Claudia Friday, Norm Fortner, Wayne Williams, Betty Merriman, Betty Dyer, Martha Dudley, Jake Jacobi, and Joe Ward.

Outstanding Educator Award was first presented in 1979 to John Sibley. Other winners are Ethyle Kidwell, Linda Ayres, Bob Dawson, Earnie Reusch, Patsy Todd, Carol Edwards, Joni Whitis, Greg Miller, Jim Gotcher, Helen Roberts, Carole Venhaus, Kenneth Davis.

Also, Carolyn Richter, Dorothy Palmer, Linda Gray, Joann Hale, Jean Johnson, Pat Cravens, Richard Davis, Mike Caplinger, Ed Hefti, Leslie Crumb, Wendy Meadows, Kellie Gibson, George Collins, Mozelle Sullivan, Chris Ellis, Necia Wilson, and Gayle Miller.
The award for Agriculture was first presented in 1978 to Virgil Woodfin, followed by Loys Barbour, Ray Hicks, Rex Wells, Barry Mahler, Louie McCarthy, Dewey Spruiell, Robert Wilcox, Stanley Williamson, Freddie Daume.

Also, Denny McCarthy, Marvin Klinkerman, David Robnett, Gene Jordan, Richard Hill, Jeff Watts, Dan Glass, and Wendy Meadows.

The Agriculture award was discontinued in 2003, and was replaced by the Outstanding Student award. The first recipient was Amanda Perry, a senior student at Iowa Park High School. Followed by: Justin Swenson, Haley Thompson, Bethany Dillard and Kelsey Johnson.

Each year the Chamber of Commerce also recognizes an outstanding business.

Previous winners of the award are Cryovac, State National Bank, City of Iowa Park, Entex, Dutton Funeral Home, B&R Thriftway, Scobee’s Mini Mart, Park Clinic, Ken’s Pizza, Iowa Park CISD, Red River Harley Davidson, K&K Foods, IESI, North Texas Vortex, Auto Craft Collision, Subway, Kathy’s Bakery and Deli, Mundy Construction and Parkway True Value.
Tickets are $15 each and it is suggested tickets be bought in advance. However, tickets will be available at the door.

They are available in advance at the Iowa Park Economic Development office, and Parkway True Value.

Another highlight of the event is the drawing for several door prizes.

This year among the Cowboy items to be drawn for are autographed photos of Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, and Bob Lilly, and a football autographed by Roger Staubach.
Also, a 32-inch flat screen TV, made possible by Cryovac will be included in the drawing.
Also the centerpieces decorating the tables will be drawn for.

The purchase of a banquet ticket makes you eligible to win any of the mentioned items.
Those in attendance will be offered the chance to buy additional door prize tickets for $1 each.

This year’s presenting sponsor is First Bank of Texas.

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