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Chamber of Commerce to install new directors, president


The Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce will install five new directors to three-year terms Saturday, Jan. 21, during the organization’s 85th annual banquet.

This year’s event will be at the Holman Center, 211 N. Clay St. in Henrietta, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person of $120 for a table, and available at the chamber office, 202 W. Omega St., CitiBank, Legend Bank, First National Bank of Byers, and Wells Fargo Bank.

Guest speaker will be Rick Langford, director of the Henrietta Growth Corporation.

Langford took over the position, vacant since April, Jan. 3, and will focus on building a relationship with businesses already in Henrietta, and hopes to spur retail development along Hwy. 287. Langford, 55, is a native of Henrietta and served as mayor from 1996-2007.

Newly elected by chamber members to serve as directors are Rev. Chris Dowd of the First United Methodist Church, Amy Payne of Adult Protective Services, Stephen Ross, Jr., of Trinity Air Conditioning, Randy Schaffner of Stewart Title and Sharon Tucker of Atmos Energy.

Stepping down is Deborah Clark of Birdwell-Clark Ranch, Carla Sue Pullen of Pullen Angus Ranch, Matt Kelton of The Clay County Pioneer Sentinel, Jeanette Cantrell of Native Texan Crafts and Michael Russell of Davis Funeral Home.

Directors Kelly Bloodworth of the City of Henrietta, Duaine Covert of RoadTrac and Lisa Swenson of Clay County Memorial Hospital will begin the second year of their terms.

Beginning the third year are Linda Burleson of Clay County Memorial Hospital, Tonya Gilmore of Wells Fargo Bank and Melissa Roberson of the First National Bank of Byers.

Kathy Pierce of Pierce Sales, also in her third year, will be installed as president of the chamber of commerce for 2012, while 2011 president Kay Lynn Gonzenbach will serve as ex-officio.

For more information on the banquet, or about becoming a member of the chamber, contact the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce at (940) 538-5261.


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