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Chamber installs board, gives annual awards

CROSBY– Good food, fun and commaradarie were the keynotes to this year’s 2007 Chamber Installation/Awards Banquet, held last Saturday evening at the Monument Inn.
The Crosby/Huffman Chamber of Commerce annually awards outstanding citizens and members with recognition awards for their contribution to the community and the chamber.
Emceed by president Steve Coon, festivities were enjoyed by a crowd of over 120 persons. His keynote remarks included the importance of involvement, and its benefits. To illustrate the point, he gave an award to owners of the remodelled Dairy Queen in Crosby, and new members of the chamber. This award went to Mr. Lee Amin, his nephew Taimur Monsour, and other family members who were present.

The other major awards were as follows:
Employee of the Year, Kelly Dowlen;
Volunteers of the Year, Shalonda Dawkins of Community Resource Credit Union, and Ryan Konarik of Balance Chiropractic Center;
Citizen of the Year, Joe Anselmo and his wife Renee;
Business of the Year, United Community Credit Union;
Non-Profit of the Year, Crosby Church and its pastor, Keenan Smith and wife Lorrie; and
Special President’s Award, Janice Kolin of SNE Realty.
In his remarks, president Coon thanked Don & Jan Cox for their work in organizing the banquet, and Crosby Florists for their donation of flower bouquets at the tables.
In addition to the awards, the evening included the swearing in of new and returning board members and officers, by State Representative Joe Crabb, as follows:
President, Steve Coon; 1st VP, Justin Brady; 2nd VP, Bob Ward; Treasurer Dianne Fleming; Secretary, Wendie Grant; and Parliamentarian, Keenan Smith.
Board members sworn in include:
Mike Amador, Susan Armstrong, Don Cox, Shalonda Dawkins, July Hain, Don Hendrix, Jerry Jones, Douglas Killian, Janice Kolin, Ryan Konarik, Larry Koslovsky, Kenny Shaw, Venita Smith, and John Sparks.
In noting the accomplishments of the Chamber in 2006, Coon highlighted the fact that they had moved to a new building, with the assistance of Dan and Jean Jones as landlord.