Lindale chamber plans 2017 banquet

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Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce officials are prepping for the biggest night of their year as the annual Membership Banquet and Silent Auction will take place beginning at 5 p.m., Monday, April 17 in the Hideaway Lake Clubhouse.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Country Goodness,’’ and LACC officials have announced there are approximately 50 individual/general seating tickets remaining.

The silent auction begins at 5 p.m. and dinner and the awards ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the auction, members and guests can network and enjoy drinks on the patio.

Chamber, city of Lindale and Lindale ISD officials will honor several deserving individuals for contributions to their specific entity.

Several hundred members, guests and community members are expected to be on hand to enjoy the festivities.

Outgoing LACC President Jeff Crews will provide a look back on his year as president during his remarks.

Lindale ISD officials will give out scholarships and honor students of the year as well as Educator of the Year.

The Lindale Rotary Club will present its Merchant of the Year award and the city of Lindale will recognize its Employee of the Year.

Surratt will then introduce the recipient of the President’s Award.

The night will conclude with the presentation of the Citizen of the Year.

During last year’s banquet, longtime Lindale resident and benefactor Jerry Alexander was honored as the “Citizen of the Year,’’ while Lindale Rotary Club’s Carroll Anderson presented James Simmons as the club’s “Merchant of the Year.’’

Alexander, a local home builder and businessman, “has always been a big supporter of our school district as well as chamber and city events,’’ said last year’s president Stan Surratt said. “He’s had a very positive impact on our community.’’

Simmons, who founded Simmons Service Center in Lindale nearly five decades ago, was praised by Anderson as someone who has always had a propensity for giving back to the Lindale community.

“He’s always had the willingness to help those in need,’’ Anderson said. “(Simmons) and his company have always had a stand-behind-your-work attitude.’’

Also recognized during last year’s festivities were Nancy Smith with the President’s Award from Surratt and the city of Lindale Employee of the Year Award to City Secretary Michelle Phillips.

Past Citizen of the Year winners include:

2016 -- Jerry Alexander

2015 – Charlene Burton

2014 – Jim Mallory

2013 – Jerry Garner

2012 – Lindale Community Theater

2011 – Debbie Wortmann

2010 – Stan Surratt

2009 – Perry Mac Hutchens

2008 – Annie Baldwin

2007 – Bill Parrott

2006 – Helen Boylan Foundation

2005 – Gen. James “Red’’ Brown

2004 – Drs. Wendall and Donna Hand

2003 – John Becker

2002 – James Cowart

2001 – Dennis Taylor

2000 – Ed Neely

1999 – Bobby McClenny

1998 – Carolyn Todd

1997 – Barham Fulmer

1996 – Carroll Anderson

1995 – Pat Rogers

1994 – Herchal Duncan

1993 – Mary Ann McClenny

1992 – Clifford Bartley

1991 – Earl Baldwin

1990 – Eugene McClenny

1989 – Dr. Joe Roach

1988 – Dr. E.C. Kinzie

1987 – Jack Crook

Past Merchant of the Year winners include:

2016 -- James Simmons

2015 – Medder’s Brake and Alignment

2014 – Eagle Pharmacy

2013 – Dr. Karen Gott

2012 -- Dale Kile, Medicine Chest Pharmacy

2011 –Zackie Gutzke

2010 – Carla Boyette

2009 – John Pittman

2008 – Amanda Froebe

2007 – Don Hines

2006 – Moe Snoubar

2005 – Debbie Wortmann

2004 – John Roberts

2003 – Delores Goodman

2002 – Scott Cassel

2001 – Polly Smith

2000 – Glenda Dintelman

1999 – Ruth Voyles

1998 – C. James Rutledge

1997 – Jim Withrow

1996 – Jean Compton

1995 – Larry Camp

1994 – Mark Hatfield

1993 – Wilbur Terry

1992 – Jerry Fleming

1991 – Perry Mac Hutchens

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