BRISTOL COUNTY BUSINESS NEWS The Ofﬁcial Publication of the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, Inc. June 2017 Edition
Bristol County Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Excellence in Community Service By: Robert A. Mellion, Esq. President & CEO, Bristol County Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Every year the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce acknowledges the selfless service and commitment of community volunteers. We are blessed with some of the most amazing citizens. These are the very special people amongst us who quietly support and preserve a quality of life that so often is taken for granted. That is why the Chamber of Commerce annually presents the Community Service Recognition Awards, which honor the memory of John S. Brayton, Jr. The Chamber’s Community Service Awards are a tribute to outstanding individuals and organizations. The award is intended to acknowledge individuals and organizations who have been an inspiration, both in their profession and in their efforts to make our region a better place to live and work. Through such actions these individuals and groups demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative. All of this year’s awardees are exceptional. A member of a pioneer family in Fall River, John S. Brayton, Jr. was a leader of exemplary character and integrity. He is equally known for possessing extraordinary vision and determination.
He was also remembered as an advocate of fair share and the right and privilege of all to be involved regardless of race, creed, color or financial status. Another biographical fact is that Mr. Brayton put forward many calls to action in his day. Conservationist, land steward, outdoors person, John S. Brayton, Jr. was ahead of his time.
individuals who exemplify the purpose behind the Community Service Awards. It is a good problem to have, because without each of these individuals or organizations that they work through, maintaining the quality of life that so many of us enjoy would be impossible. For this we owe them our gratitude.
In memory of John S. Brayton, the Awards Committee of the Chamber of Commerce has announced this year’s award recipients. The 2017 recipients of the John S. Brayton, Jr. Memorial Outstanding Community Service Award include Tina Bell, Elizabeth Duffy, Thomas Lowney, Gregory Medeiros, Natalie Melo, Peter & Julia Saulino, Rick & Connie Vaillancourt and Jillian Zucco. The Colonial Navy of Massachusetts and the Greater Fall River Food Pantry are also being honored as outstanding community organizations for their work.
This year’s recipients will be presented their awards at the 49th Annual John S. Brayton Community Service Awards Banquet. The Community Service Awards are a production by the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce. The community event will be held on the evening of June 22, 2017at White’s of Westport. Tickets are available at the Chamber. Please honor these great citizens with your presence.
The Bristol County Chamber of Commerce wishes to offer this year’s awardees our sincerest thanks and gratitude. Selecting award recipients each year is a challenge. The difficulty is due to the large number of worthy
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