Chamber banquet reset for Feb. 10, with the governor coming

Jan. 30, 2014 @ 05:48 PM

The date may change, but the featured guest remains the same.

Gov. Pat McCrory remains scheduled to speak when the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and banquet takes place Feb. 10. Chamber leaders announced the date on Thursday.

The event was postponed by snow this past Tuesday.

“I’m just excited that we were able to reschedule the chamber on Feb. 10, and very pleased the governor was able to fit it into his calendar,” said Hal Muetzel, the chairman of the chamber board. “I know the members of the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce would be very interested in hearing his plans for rural economic growth.”

The night’s activities will include recognitions and awards, including the Citizen of the Year Award. Last year’s winner, Dr. Bev Tucker, is scheduled to make the presentation.

“We have received numerous calls from members who are excited the governor is still coming,” said John Barnes, president of the chamber. “The response from our members has been overwhelmingly positive. Everyone understands the weather conditions dictated we cancel. The calls now are people are excited.”

Snow was slow to fall in Henderson, arriving several hours after forecast. It also included fewer inches than first predicted. But the county was a blanket of white during the time the banquet would have been in progress and drives home would most likely have been hazardous.

“It was a tough call, but certainly we wanted to make sure we made the right call in regards to the safety of the people who would be there during the impending storm,” Muetzel said.

The banquet has attracted a record number of ticket requests, with more than 500 having been sold. McCrory is believed to be the first sitting governor to attend the chamber event.

Contact the writer at awooten@hendersondispatch.com.