Chamber of Commerce names 2020 honorees

By Lillian Karr

The DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce met last week at the Heritage Place Hotel. The Chamber Board voted Pedestal Bank the Business of the Year to be honored at the Annual Chamber Banquet.

The Annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held Thursday, Mar. 5, at the T. D. Cardwell Center.

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 28, at $25 each.

Peterson Named

Charles Peterson, 1981 graduate of DeQuincy High School has been named the Distinguished Person of the Year.

After graduation from McNeese State University Peterson was commissioned 2nd Lt. through the Army ROTC program at McNeese. After a great career in the U. S. Army, he retired from the Army in 2007 with the rank of Lt. Colonel; and 21 years of military experience.

He has over 30 years of service to the United States, both military and civilian. He had four deployments: three in combat regions in Afghanistan and Iraq and one in Humanitarian support to Honduras in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch.

Peterson will be honored at the Annual Chamber Banquet.

Josh Foster, president of the Chamber and member of The Rotary Club of DeQuincy, told the Board of a proposed project of the Rotary: Disc Golf.

Disc Golf is popular with all ages. The Rotary is applying for a grant to help fund the project. Doug DeViney VP of Rotary has spoken with Mayor Riley Smith concerning the project.

The project would require 20 acres of property. There is a possibility the City would have this amount of property. This would attract tournaments and bring revenue to the City. The Board of Chamber of Commerce is interested in being a partner of the project.

Deadline Set

The deadline for the letter of nomination for the Annual Civic Service Award is Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 12 noon at the Chamber Office. Inquires must be made to Chamber Manager, Lillian Karr at 786-6451. The letter should detail how the nominee has contributed to the improvement of our City. The letter should be no more than 250 words.

The Chamber has voted to give a scholarship to a DeQuincy High student pursing a career in business. Interested students may contact the business teacher or the counselor regarding an application for the scholarship.

Guests attending were State Rep. Elect, Dewith Carrier, Mike Harper and Wayne Reeves, Police Jurors elect for Beauregard Parish. Rep. Carrier told the group he had attended Orientation last week and was elected to the House Appropriations Committee on Tort Reform. His top priority will be infrastructure.