Banquet kicks off new year for Chamber
With new officers named and its annual grand banquet now a memory, officials at the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce say they are stepping into 2018 with plans for continued service to the parish’s business community.
“We are going to be focusing on expanding the educational events that we provide for members to include more of how to keep a business going,” said Executive Director Suzanne Carlos. “We will have information on how they can improve what they are doing information on what is going on in the community, issues that affect them and their businesses.”
Last week 521 people attended the Chamber’s annual banquet at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, where community leaders were honored.
“We were pleased that we could gather everybody together so that they could talk during a nice, relaxed event and enjoy good food and a good speaker, and to honor winners that were selected,” Carlos said.
The keynote speaker was the Rev. Phil Roop, senior pastor at the Bethel Assembly in Cape Girardeau, Mo. and uncle of incoming Chamber Chairman Jason Bergeron, who provided an inspirational account of his life and experiences, communicating the message “Live to make a difference.”
A former Terrebonne Parish President, Michel Claudet, was honored as Terrebonne’s Most Useful Citizen, a coveted award issued each year to a person whose achievements have greatly benefitted the community at large.
The American Legion’s Teenager of the Year, Adeline Martin, was honored as was the recipient of the Chamber’s Distinguished Diplomat Award, Katherine Theriot of the Terrebonne Economic Development Authority.
Dr. Gary Wiltz, CEO of the Teche Action Clinic, received the Chamber Star Award.
Mike Barker of Barker Buick GMC was honored as the Chamber’s Community Champion. Jack Croaker received the Outstanding Veteran Award, which is named after the late Eugene J. Folse.
The Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life by building a strong economy through promotion of services to members, partnerships and alliances, legislative advocacy, economic development, and programs of action and value to sustain a prosperous and vibrant community.
The Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce describes itself as an “action agency” which furthers the goal of meeting community needs through government advocacy and networking events, along with programs, opportunities and business-building initiatives “that focus on the critical priorities of Terrebonne Parish.”
The Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce is recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a 5-Star Accredited Chamber, which places it in the top 1% of Chambers in the nation.