George Slagle of Henrietta was named Clay County’s Individual of the Year by the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce during the organization’s 87th annual banquet Saturday, one of three awards given during the event.
First National Bank of Byers was named Business of the Year for its tireless efforts in promoting Clay County. Chamber members selected the ballot of four, which included ClayTex Trophies, O’Malley Arms and Four Stars Auto Ranch.
The Pecan Shed of Henrietta earned the Community Beautification award for the completion of its Hwy. 287 location. The Joy Volunteer Fire Department, Vashti Community Cleanup and the Seth Slagle Law Office were nominated.
Also nominated for Individual of the Year were Billy Carlton, Rick Langford and Joe Bill Brock, all of Henrietta.
Famed western sculptor Jack Stevens of Iowa Park was guest speaker. Stevens told of how his life as a cowboy and going broke in the cattle business led him into the world of art.
Outgoing President Randy Schaffner highlighted chamber events throughout 2013. Schaffner said the chamber of commerce increased its membership by 26 percent in the past year.
Scahffner will serve as ex-officio in 2014 as President Amy Payne steps up. Michael Russell will serve as first vice president. K.J. Davidson serves as second vice president, while Amy Ellis will serve as treasurer. Linda Burleson will remain as advisor.
Ginger Schaffner of Pierce Sales and Creative Elegance, Billy Carlton of Carlton Auctions, Sharon Tucker of Atmos Energy and Tyler Garrison of the Vashti Community will join Deborah Clark of Birdwell-Clark Ranch, Brent Durham of Durham Properties and Lori Riggins of Wells Fargo Bank on the board of directors.
Directors who have completed their terms are Treasurer Kelley Bloodworth, City of Henrietta; Ex-Officio Kathy Peirce, Pierce Sales; Duaine Covert, Road-Trac; and Lisa Swenson, Clay County Memorial Hospital.