Livingston/Polk County Chamber of Commerce 75th Annual Awards Banquet
Livingston/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Sydney Murphy
Eldridge Striedel Recognized as Polk Countian of the Year, LIVINGSTON, January 28, 2011 - The Livingston/Polk County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet at 7 pm on January 27, 2011 at the Livingston Junior High School cafeteria. Attendees were served steak with mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, peach cobbler and iced tea. In his last function as Chamber Chairman, Sheriff Ken Hammack welcomed attendees and helped preside over the annual bash. Additional speakers included incoming 2011 Chairperson Jessica Lattner, and Chamber Executive Director, Sydney Murphy. Awards were handed out for Senior Citizen of the Year (Jannis Duncan), Natural Resource (Harlan Camp), First Responder of the Year (Rocky Richards), Educator of the Year (Amy Jackson), Community Service Person of the Year (Jane Rowe Clark), and Polk Countian of the Year (Eldridge Striedel). Striedel was introduced by Executive Director Sydney Murphy and the award was presented by 2010 Polk Countian of the Year (Howard Daniel). Additional awards included Ambassador of the Year (Evelyn Rogers) and Senior Ambassador of the Year (Elfriede Zipprian). Outgoing 2010 Chairman, Ken Hammack, was also recognized for his year as Chairman and incoming 2011 Chairman, Jessica Lattner, took the reins. In Hammack's closing remarks he was thankful to sponsors, supporters and attendees, and concluded his speech thanking his wife, Winnie, for putting up with him for over 40 years. If you haven't done so, please visit the Livingston/Polk County Chamber of Commerce website. The chamber exists to promote business, economic development, and a better quality of life for Polk County, Texas.
Click this image to see Sydney Murphy introduce Eldridge Striedel, then he receives his award, and interviewed by Willie Openshaw.
Eldridge Striedel (right) is presented with the Polk Countian of the Year award by last year's award recipient, Howard Daniel.
Incoming Chairman, Jessica Lattner, recognizes 2010 Chairman, Ken Hammack and awarded him with a plack and a certificate for his service to the Chamber.
Dr. Mike Shukan (left) presented Rocky Richards with First Responder of the Year award. Richards owns his own local business and volunteers much time to the the fire department.
Jannis Duncan (left) is awarded Senior Citizen of the Year by Lacie Gardner.
Nancy Stovall (left) presented Amy Jackson with Educator of the Year. Jackson teaches at the Continuum Academy in Livingston.
Jane Rowe Clark (right) receives Community Service Award from Christi Sullivan.
Harlan Camp (right) receives the Natural Resource Award from Shirley Johnson.
Evelyn Rogers (left) received Ambassador of the Year award.
Elfriede Zipprian received Senior Ambassador of the Year award.
Outgoing Chairman Ken Hammack was also presented with a large gavel that actually presided over the Texas House.
2011 Chamber Chairman, Jessica Lattner, addresses the audience.
The food was good and a fabulous time was had by all.
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