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Gem of the Day 2/1: Washington County Chamber of Commerce Banquet Awards

Anytime you celebrate ‘Traditions and Service’, as the Washington County Chamber of Commerce did last (Tuesday) night at their annual Banquet at the Fireman’s Training Center, you would have to look at an organization formed 40 years ago, dedicated to serving.

The Chamber of Commerce saluted the Blue Blazers, formed in 1971, to aid the Chamber in welcoming new members to the community and to guide them every way they can to help them become a businesses success.

State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, once the president of the Washington County Chamber, saluted the Blue Blazers at the Banquet by saying that they were ‘the brick, the front, the public side of the Chamber.’ She noted that even on her very first day on the job as Chamber president, she and the only Blue Blazer who has served on the special group, Sue Muzzy, made her job easy.

Kolkhorst then honored Muzzy as the Blue Blazer of the Year.

The Man and Woman of the Year also symbolized the spirit of service at the Banquet.

The Woman of the Year was Nancy Shoup, who was noted for her work in historic preservation at the Independence Historical Society, The HOSTS program and with Lifetime Learning.

Ms. Shoup expressed her gratitude for the honor, that she did not expect.

The Man of the Year has spent 36 years serving on the Blinn College Board of Trustees who is also a noted pharmacist. Atwood Kenjura also made a little news as he announced that this term would be his last on the Blinn Board.

Kenjura also expressed gratitude for the honor of being named Man of the Year.


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