Chilton Chamber hosts annual banquet

Published 2:47 pm Friday, January 25, 2019

The Chilton County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual banquet at the Clanton Conference and Performing Arts Center on Jan. 24.

Multiple individuals and businesses were presented with awards during the event.

Recently retired Probate Judge Bobby Martin was presented with the Distinguished Citizen of the Year award by incoming Chamber President Billy Singleton.

Singleton is taking over the position from outgoing President Brad Carter, who was also honored during the event for his service to the Chamber.

Hope’s Chest Boutique in Clanton was named the New Business of the Year.

Central Alabama Electric Cooperative was given the Community Spirit award for its service to Chilton County.

City of Clanton employee Sally Wall was presented with the Chamber Champion award for going “above and beyond” for making sure the venues Chamber events took place at in the city over the past year were ready.

Peach Park was named the Distinguished Business of the Year and given an award by Chamber executive director Francine Wasden.

The newly-selected student ambassadors for the Chamber were on hand to top off drinks and pass out plates to the banquet guests.

“I thought it was outstanding,” Wasden said of the event. “I enjoyed seeing everybody. I think people had the opportunity to network and fellowship with one another. I think it’s a great thing when we get the chance to bring our businesses together.”

Meteorologist James Spann was the guest speaker for the event. He spoke on multiple topics, including his desire to see less people fall victim to severe weather.

He also urged people to be kind and uplifting to each other.

He said that you never know when someone is cheerful on the outside but hurting inside, and small gestures of kindness could have a big impact in their lives.

“I have known James for several years,” Wasden said. “He actually came to Greenville and spoke at our Chamber banquet there. It was a good fit, and we loved having him. I think he brought a great message.”

Singleton said the event was so well attended that some people had to be turned away at the door.

“You see the enthusiasm here tonight,” he said. “We had a packed house. I think Chilton County is changing, and that doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be a bad growth change. We want to help direct this growth and development in a way that benefits the people. The Chamber is the obvious organization to hear from the people and coordinate that with the elected leadership and the businesses in the county.”