Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for annual awards

The Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce (including Lamar and Society Hill) is accepting nominations for awards to be given out at its annual banquet Feb. 6.

Nominations for these awards should include the person’s name or the business, industry or group’s name, accompanied by a one-page essay outlining why they should receive the award they are being nominated for.

All nominations must be e-mailed, mailed or hand-delivered to Harriet Hobbs, president of the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce (, 803-606-5188).

The awards are:

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: The recipient must have performed a recognizable service or contribution to the community that is above and beyond the call of duty.

This service should not be done solely as part of one’s job responsibilities, but should easily stand out as being “above and beyond.”

The recipient’s accomplishments should contribute to the well-being of the community and enhance the quality of life for all citizens. The recipient must have been involved in community activities for at least 10 years.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: The recipient must personify the Chamber’s motto, “I love Darlington.” The recipient must be active in community affairs for at least five years. The recipient must have performed an outstanding service to the community during the designated year.

COMMUNITY PRIDE: The recipient must be a business, industry or group that typifies the idea of “Pride in the Community.”

The idea of “Pride in the Community” is reflected in the appearance of the business, industry or town it represents.

The business, industry or group must have made a recognizable contribution to the well-being of the community.

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: The recipient must demonstrate strong business involvement in the community, with a history of and a willingness to give back to the community by playing a leadership role in civic activities.

The recipient must be heavily involved in the local community and give generously of themselves and/or staff in time and resources.

The recipient must have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills. The recipient must promote the economic growth, stability and improvement of the communities that the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce serves.

LEGACY AWARD: The recipient is a community member continuing community involvement and/or service begun by a family member.

The award is given posthumously.

Guidelines for the awards: Only Chamber members in good standing may nominate candidates for these awards. Nominees may come from any area of the county served by the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce (Darlington, Lamar, Society Hill).

Nominees may be members or non-members.

The Chamber Board will vote on the recipients. Nominations without essays, essays not meeting criteria, unsigned nominations or late nominations (after Jan. 15) will not be considered.

Author: Stephan Drew

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