Citizen of Year will be named, governor visits on Monday

Feb. 08, 2014 @ 06:33 PM

Dr. Beverly Tucker, Randolph Wilson, Dorothy Hunt, James Edwards and Bennett Perry Jr. are the last five. Some years there have been two.

Monday evening, the next Citizen of the Year will be awarded when the rescheduled 76th annual Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce annual membership meeting and banquet convenes in the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center.

The event begins at 6:30 and will also include the announcement of the Shining Moment in Education award.

This year’s event is also expected to be memorable with a visit from Gov. Pat McCrory. He’ll be the first sitting governor to come as the guest speaker. Ticket requests, subsequently, have escalated to a record, with more than 500 distributed in the community.

Most years, the event draws 400 to 450.

Snow postponed the banquet from its original Jan. 28 date. John Barnes, president of the chamber, said the delay was disappointing at the time but feels excitement has begun to swell again.

Tradition at the event is for the previous year’s citizen winner to make the presentation. Tucker is scheduled to do so this year.

The Shining Moment award recognizes the contributions of the most outstanding business organization, church, civic or community group, or individual who has supported Vance County Schools for the year 2013-14.

A chamber program, the ambassadors, will also have a recognition that is expected to become annual.

Veterans will also be honored, and the Vance County Schools’ honorees for teacher, assistant principal and principal of the year will be introduced to the guests.

McCrory is a Catawba College graduate who first stepped into public office in 1989 on the city council in Charlotte. He eventually became mayor and was elected governor in his second try in 2012.

The outgoing chairman of the chamber’s board of directors is Hal Muetzel and the incoming chairwoman is Jenny Hester.

Contact the writer at awooten@hendersondispatch.com.