The Vivian Chamber of Commerce held it’s annual banquet this past Tuesday, October 17th. This marks the first time that the banquet has been held in the fall to alleviate weather and scheduling concerns after traditionally being held in February.
After mixing and mingling, an estimated 170 citizens were in attendance to enjoy a meal catered by Sandra Stevens. Master of Ceremonies Derek James of KNCB’s Caddo Country 105.3 began the program with introductions including Vivian Mayor, Mike Van Schoick, and attending royalty- Miss Country Christmas Natalee Cook, Jr. Miss LA Redbud Dailey Deshler, and Teen Miss Redbud Sarah Prudhomme.
Awards were presented from area organizations to the following:
- Robert P. Williams received the award from the Black History Organization.
- Frances Rebecca Harrison Chapter of the NSDAR presented Mary Haddox with the award for Outstanding Community Media Support in the area of Newspaper.
- Frances Rebecca Harrison Chapter of the NSDAR presented Nikki Barr with the award for Outstanding Community Media Support in the area of Radio.
- Terri Guy received the award for Excellence in Community Service from the Frances Rebecca Harrison Chapter of the NSDAR.
- The Mayor’s Beautification Award was received by both the Town of Vivian Workforce and North Caddo Medical Center for their continuous endeavors to assure our town’s aesthetics.
- James Festervand was recognized by the Louisiana Redbud Associaton for his contributions.
- The Vivian Economic Development Corporation recognized Donna Allen and Amanda Beard with The Lighthouse Mission for their efforts in revitalizing the businesses downtown.
- Ward 2 recognized Ronnie Hall for his continued time and energy invested in the promotion of economic development in our area. Mr. Hall is the only original Ward 2 board member remaining active on the board today.
The final award of the evening was a new award presented by the Vivian Chamber of Commerce. “The Legacy Award will recognize an entity or individual that has significantly impacted the North Caddo Community through their contributions and commitment. The Legacy Award acknowledges those that have created positive transformations within the community, enhancement of the quality of life, investment in the economic development of our area, and facilitation of communication and harmony within the community at large are attributes considered in naming the recipient of the Vivian Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award,” said Chamber President Amanda Murry of Citizen’s Bank and Trust. The first Vivian Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award was presented to North Caddo Medical Center for the many benefits that it brings to our area including top-notch health care, employment opportunities, and revenue.