By JOEL McNEECE
Sister Mary Jean Morris, Haworth and Ben Hogan took home top honors from the annual Bruce Chamber of Commerce Banquet Thursday night.
Morris, longtime pastor of St. Luke Catholic Church in Bruce and an active leader with the Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, was presented with the Citizen of the Year Award.
“This is so wonderful,” Morris said following the presentation. “I’m so honored.”
Haworth (United Chair) was presented with the business of the year award. Haworth’s Human Resources Director and Bruce Alderman Gary Edwards accepted the honor.
Ben Hogan, an engineer with Pontotoc Electric Power Association, was awarded the chamber member of the year.
PEPA Director Bobby Wells was recognized as an outgoing board member.
Wells, Faye Morris, Chuck Howell, Allison McDowell and Joel McNeece were recognized for perfect attendance during the past year.
Chamber President Randy Baker passed the gavel to Daniel Hathorne at the conclusion of the meeting. Hathorne will lead the organization in 2011 with Becky Wright serving as vice-president.
Judge Jim Roberts, of Pontotoc, entertained the crowd of more than 80 people with a number of humourous stories from his life growing up in the Robbs Community and his many years in politics.
“I love Bruce and Calhoun County and take great pride in the hard work so many of you do to make it such a fine place to live,” Roberts said. “I commend you for your efforts.”
Read more about the chamber banquet and its honorees in next week’s Journal.