Exeter honors their 2016 awardees
By Paul Myers
exeter – It has been 93 years since the Exeter Chamber of Commerce started to honor their community members with awards. And despite coming on a century’s worth of recipients, the Chamber still manages to find deserving individuals even in their 94th year.
In 2016 Exeter had a number of qualified individuals that could have been named to any award, but the Chamber chose six community members that were just the right fit. Among them, Bob Sperry was selected as Man of the Year. His work with the Lions Club has resulted in contributions to the community that has allowed people to get out of their houses and enjoy a drink at the annual brew fest.
Other notable honorees from 2016 were Stephanie Woods from Central Valley Community Bank, but her job is not the reason she was chosen. Instead she was selected because of her diligent and arduous work on Relay for Life, a 24 hour walk-a-thon that gathers donations for the American Cancer Society. But the list does not end at man and woman of the year. One deserving award winner was Tricia and Charlie Kirksey who were chosen to for Exeter’s Beautification Award.
It may seem obvious but The Clover House, which Charlie and Tricia remodeled, has quickly become a standout home in Exeter. Hosting everything from weddings to class reunions, the Clover House is a versatile venue open to be used by the public.
Other award recipients include Danny Boland for the Heritage Award, Kiwanis for Business of the Year, and Jacks Café for Recycler of the Year. And soon they will all have their time on the Exeter Memorial Building stage on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.
But if you were not selected for an award there is no need to be left out in the February cold. Instead community members are encouraged to purchase tickets at $40 each and sponsor tables $400 each. Tickets will be sold fast so the Chamber hopes people turnout early to get theirs. And for those hoping to sponsor a table, the deadline is Feb. 10 in order to be included in the program.
Sponsorships will include a reserved table of eight and complimentary drink tickets. So do not miss out on the 94th Annual Exeter Awards Banquet.