Pam Anderson, David Butler ‘roasted’ at fall luncheon
l Honored at the Jacksonville Chamber ofCommerce fall membership luncheon on Monday are Brett Brewer, chamber chairman of the board; David Butler, business man of the year; Dr. Joe Wardell (standing in rear) 2012 business man of the year; Pam Anderson, 2013 Businesswoman of the year; 2012 recipient Debbie Kerzee and master of ceremonies Byron Underwood.Even though the weather was comfortably crisp outside, the Summers A. Norman Activity Center in Jacksonville “roasted” with the recognition of Jacksonville’s Business Man and Business Woman of the Year.
Pam Anderson and David Butler received two of theJacksonville Chamber of Commerce’s highest honors at the fall membership luncheon attended by approximately 250 persons Monday.
Robert Fanette roasted the Rev. Butler and his award was presented by the 2012 Business Man of the Year recipient, Dr. Joe Wardell, JISD superintendent.
Mr. Fanette credited the Rev. Butler with having prayers answered following the B.P. oil spill in the Gulf of Mexicowhen he lived in Destin, Fla., three years ago. He also joked that Facebook had to limit the number of friends Rev. Butler could have. “He knows everyone,” he said, calling him a social media superstar.
Rev. Butler recognized several tables of friends and family, and shared one of life’s lessons. “If you don’t love God first, it’s hard to love people. It makes it easy to love one another. I want it to be said that I love my fellow man.”
Lisa Hall “roasted” her best friend, Mrs. Anderson; her award was presented by 2012 Business Woman of the Year recipient Debbie Kerzee.
Ms. Hall teased Mrs. Anderson for having a great laugh that can change with moods and circumstances. “You can always tell when Pam lets her hair down at my house, because when she laughs the chickens come running.”
She called her trustworthy, generous and loving.
Ms. Anderson said she felt humbled by the honor. She thanked family and friends who attended and have played an integral role in her life.
Her life lesson is “to always look to God for guidance, and to expect trials to come your way. Be ready to meet them head on. Surround yourself with people who are willing to support and serve with you. Love and accept where God has placed you, and use the gifts and talents to always make it better. Together we can make this magnificent city even greater.”
Four Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce division chairmen were invited to present Chairman Awards to recipients.
Ms. Anderson, education development division chair, presented an award to Vance Royon; Nathan Jones, economic division chair, awarded a Chairman Award to Becky Bailey Hesterley; and Kathleen Stanfill, membership division chair, recognized Mrs. Anderson with an award.
Twenty-two Love’s Lookout Volunteers were recognized as ambassadors of Jacksonville. They include: Clay and Martha Bevel, Ray Brinkley, Dr. Charles Creed, Pansy Conner, Mary Lou Taylor, Altha Haba, Margaret Hightower, Kenny and Patsy McLeod, Dot Rowe, Enid Shepard, Eve Stanfill, Patty Rodewald, Betty Brown, Deana Henslee, Beverly Jimerson, Patsy Mims, Norma Tilley, Nan Stephens, Karen Lovell and Susan Phillips.
Brett Brewer, chamber chairman of the board, welcomed the audience and introduced master of ceremonies Byron Underwood, Cherokee County Commissioner Precinct 4; and Peggy Renfro, chamber president.
Invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance were provided by the Rev. Tom Stephenson of First United Methodist Church.
The decorating committee was recognized at the conclusion of the luncheon, including Brittany Traylor, chair; Teresa Langley, membership committee; and Mrs. Stanfill, division chair.
The luncheon was catered by Super Gallo Mercado.