Business Outlook A quarterly publication of the Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce and The Daily Dispatch Wednesday, February 16, 2011 • 1st Quarter 2011 Chamber banquet shines an encouraging light on local community Chamber President Bill Edwards holds the microphone steady as Dorothy Hunt accepts the 2010 Henderson-Vance County Citizen of the Year Award at the annual Memberhsip Meeting and Banquet on Feb. 8 at the VanceGranville Community College Civic Center. The Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce celebrated 73 years at its annual Membership Meeting and Banquet on Feb. 8. The event was held at the VanceGranville Community College Civic Center. Honored guests at the banquet were the Vance County 16 and under girls’ fast pitch softball team, which won the Babe Ruth World Series championship in 2010. “Many of you remember that last summer our under 16 girl’s fast pitch softball team won the 2010 World Series in their age division,” Chamber President Bill Edwards said. “They earned this title by defeating teams throughout the U.S. and bringing the trophy home to us. In my opinion, they are some of our community’s greatest ambassadors,” Edwards added. Walmart Distribution Center #6091 honored each girl, coach and manager of the team with a personalized plaque and also supplied banquet tickets for each of them and a guest. The 2009 Citizen of the Year, James Edwards, presented the 2010 Citizen of the Year Award to Lifeline Outreach Ministries founder, Dorothy Hunt. “Twentyseven years ago, in 1984, she founded a program called Lifeline Outreach,” Edwards said. “She had just $300, a handful of people who wanted to help her, a vision, a dream, and faith in a God who she knew would answer her prayers if she remained faithful. Dottie Wunker once wrote of Hunt in a letter to the editor of The Daily Dispatch: “An amazing woman whose loving heart far outweighs her tiny frame, she is Henderson’s Mother Teresa of homeless women. She gathers them to her like a mother hen, pg. 2 pg. 2 pg. 6 pg. 8 pg. 8 pg. 9 pg. 9 Please see BANQUET, page 3 Henderson-Vance Business After Hours kicks off pg. 10 County Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Chamber Events pg. 10-11 Embers Holiday Concert a success pg. 11 P.O. Box 1302; 414 S. Garnett St., Henderson, N.C. 27536 Chamber Committee Goals for 2011 pg. 12-13 Phone: (252) 438-8414 Fax: (252) 492-8989 Chamber Membership Directory pg. 14-15 Ribbon Cuttings pg. 4-5 www.hendersonvance.org Inside This Issue Leadership Vance 2011 Ambassador Spotlight Chamber “Member Spotlights” New Chamber Members Medical Oncology Center opens New Chamber Officers Board/Ambassador/Staff list doling out love, guidance, transportation, more love, correction, admonition.” Hunt, who slowly made her way to the stage to receive her award, said that she was almost too choked up to say anything. While accepting the award, Hunt said of her shelter: “It started as one woman’s dream and became a community project. The plan is just to start where you are and make a difference.” Hunt expressed thankfulness to the Lord for everything that she has received and said: “I am accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ, who has enabled me to do everything that I do.” Keynote speaker for the evening was David Cutcliffe, Duke University head football coach. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Cutcliffe became Duke’s 21st head coach.