Chamber Banquet

Each March, the Williamsburg Hometown Chamber has an annual awards banquet. This year the banquet is scheduled for March 15. For tickets or details, please call the Chamber at 843-355-6431. Businesses and community members are nominated for special awards, including:

 

  • Citizen of the Year - A person who has promoted Williamsburg County in a positive manner and has been involved in a variety of community activities.

  • Club/Organization of the Year - An organization or club which has completed an outstanding achievement or special activity. The club should support Williamsburg County through community involvement.

  • Humanitarian of the Year - An invidual who has made an unselfish donation of time and talent to benefit the county.

  • Industry of the Year - A Chamber Member industry who provides community support, special activities, and accomplishments toward improving the lifestyle in Williamsburg County.

  • Merchant of the Year - A Chamber Member merchant who provides community support, special activities, and goes above and beyond for their customers. They must also make accomplishments toward improving the lifestyle in Williamsburg County.

  • Agriculturist of the Year - A person, family farm, or business involved in agriculture who has community involvement, is a promoter of Williamsburg County's natural resources (wildlife management, conservation, etc.), is willing to help others, and actively protects and safeguards Williamsburg County's natural resources.

  • Community Image Award - An individual, community, business, or organization which has improved or preserved the image of Williamsburg County through landscaping, remodeling, or the construction of a new structure. This award goes to one who beautifies surroundings in keeping with Williamsburg County's charm, heritage, and history; keeps the community and surrounding areas clean and free of litter; actively promotes Williamsburg County through business practices; and community involvement.

Agriculturalist of the Year – Lawrimore Farms
Community Image – Cherryl Ann’s Salon
Organization of the Year – Eli Collins Foundation
Lady Bird Johnson – Tiffany Cooks
Kingstree Township Award – Felician Center
Lane Township Award – Matthew Blake posthumously
Industry of the Year – Duke Energy
Business of the Year – Backwoods Quail Club
Humanitarian of the Year – Richard Dukes
Citizen of the Year - Louis Drucker
William H. Chandler Lifetime Achievement – Brad Erwin W

CHAMBER BANQUET AWARDS

Past and Present Recipients

2022

Agriculturalist of the Year – Lawrimore Farms

 Community Image – Cherryl Ann’s Salon

  Club/Organization of the Year – Eli Collins Foundation

 Lady Bird Johnson – Tiffany Cooks 

 Kingstree Township Award – Felician Center

 Lane Township Award – Matthew Blake

Industry of the Year – Duke Energy

  Business of the Year – Backwoods Quail Club

 Humanitarian of the Year – Richard Dukes

 Citizen of the Year - Louis Drucker

 William H. Chandler Lifetime Achievement – Brad Erwin

2020

Humanitarian of the Year  -  Pastor Ian Geimer

Citizen of the Year  -  Sulondia Hammond

Club/Organization of the Year  -  The Delta Gems

Industry of the Year  - UPL

Business of the Year  -  Williamsburg Chiropractic

Agriculturist of the Year  -  Teddy Flemming

Community Image Award  - Shrine of Our Lady of Joyful Hope

Iron Eyes Cody Award  -  William Freeman

Lady Bird Johnson Award  -  Weezie Alsbrook

HomeTown Township Award Kingstree -  Linda Brown

HomeTown Township Award Hemingway- Rebecca Dunahoe

William H. Chandler Lifetime Achievement Award  -  Mac Duke

2019

Humanitarian of the Year  -  James Thomas Coker

Citizen of the Year  -  Robert Wells Jonte

Club/Organization of the Year  -  Williamsburg County Sheriff's Department

Industry of the Year  -  Embroidery Solutions

Business of the Year  -  Williamsburg Feed and Tack

Agriculturist of the Year  -  Frances McClary

Community Image Award  -  Clifford Gamble, Bernard President, Ervin McBride,

John Moore, and Reverend Harry Robinson  ("The Fantastic Five")

Iron Eyes Cody Award  -  Isaias Hernandez

Lady Bird Johnson Award  -  Toni McGee Ward

HomeTown Township Award  -  Tony L. McGill

William H. Chandler Lifetime Achievement Award  -  William Brown Horton Jr.

2018

Humanitarian of the Year  -  Doward Keith Harvin

Citizen of the Year  -  Patricia A. Lee

Club/Organization of the Year  -  Kingstree First Baptist Church

Industry of the Year  -  The News

Business of the Year  -  Bank of Greeleyville

Agriculturist of the Year  -  William Hunter Holliday

Community Image Award  -  Kingstree’s Main Street Program

Iron Eyes Cody Award  -  Senator Ronnie A. Sabb

Lady Bird Johnson Award  -  Joanne Edwards

William H. Chandler Lifetime Achievement Award  -  William E. Jenkinson, III

 

2017

Agriculturist - Will Carsten

Community Image - DSM               

Club Organization - Williamsburg Hospital Foundation

Iron Eyes Cody/Lady Bird Johnson - Lions Club and Black River Beauties

Industry of the Year - Santee Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Merchant of the Year - The Pretty Penny

Lifetime Achievement - Helen Tyler McFadden

Humanitarian of the Year - Angie Brown

Citizen of the Year - James Thompkins

 

2016

Agriculturist - Homegrown Cotton - At McIntosh

Community Image - Four Square Veterinary - Linlei Ward

Club /Organization - Rick & Susan Goings Boys & Girls Club of Hemingway

Iron Eyes Cody/Lady Bird Johnson - Ed & Joe Ann Grant

Industry of the Year - Nan Ya Plastics America

Merchant of the Year - The Paisley Pearl

Lifetime Achievement - Wendell Brown

Citizen of the Year - Henry Poston

Humanitarian of the Year - Dr. Troy Gamble

 

2015

Agriculturist - Ronald Hammond

Community Image - Toni Ward, State Farm

Club/Organization - Hidden Pearlzz Social Club

Lady Bird Johnson - Jeannie Brown Burrows

Iron Eyes Cody - Trio Community Action Organization (Eddie Tisdale)

Industry of the Year - Stuckey Bros. Farm Supply

Merchant of the Year - Cafe on Academy

Lifetime Achievement - Richard H. Kellahan, Sr.

Humanitarian of the Year - Sam Floyd

Citizen of the Year - Floyd Keels

 

2014

Agriculturist - William Gordon, Sango Farms

Community Image - Williamsburg Co. Courthouse

Club/Organization - Williamsburg Co. & So. Lynches Firefighters

Lady Bird Johnson Award - Beth Tisdale

Township Award - Town of Kingstree, Chris Osborne

Iron Eyes Cody Award - Greeleyville Youth

Industry of the Year - House of Raeford

Merchant of the Year - Connie's Bakery

Lifetime Achievement - Barney Easterling

Humanitarian of the Year - Cornelia Bell

Citizen of the Year - Rosa Cherry

 

2013

Agriculturist - McGill Farms (Jot & John Scott McGill)

Community Image - Town of Kingstree (Depot Renovation)

Club/Organization - The Felician Center

Lady Bird Johnson Award - Pam Johnson

Township Award - Walter Rogan, Greeleyville Pharmacy

Iron Eyes Cody Award - Palmetto Synthetics

Industry of the Year - Williamsburg Packing

Merchant of the Year - Williamsburg Pharmacy

Lifetime Achievement - Dr. Walter Cottingham

Humanitarian of the Year - Chuck Belding

Citizen of the Year - Grace Robinson

 

2012

Industry of the Year - GSE Lining Technology

Citizen of the Year - Virginia Jonte

Club/Organization - Lion's Club

Farmer of the Year - Kevin Gowdy

Humanitarian of the Year - Salley Jenkinson

Merchant of the Year - IGA of Kingstree

Community Image Award - FTC

W. H. Chandler Lifetime Achievement - Ken Kennedy

Lane Township Award - Stag Festival Committee

Iron Eyes Cody Award - Town of Greeleyville

Lady Bird Johnson Award - Mary Jean Holt

 

2011

Industry of the Year - FTC

Citizen of the Year - Joanne Brown

Club/Organization - Kingstree Community Youth

Farmer of the Year - Herbie Brown

Humanitarian of the Year - Jean Nexsen

Merchant of the Year - Longstreet Chevrolet

Community Image Award - Kellahan Park

W. H. Chandler Lifetime Achievement - Charlie Walker

Greeleyville Township Award - Rob Thomas, Greeleyville

Iron Eyes Cody Award - Bubba Hammet

Lady Bird Johnson Award - Laura Jones

Special Award - Firestone

Ugly Sweater Award - Billy Horton & Sheryl Scott

 

2010

Industry of the Year - Williamsburg Technical College

Citizen of the Year - Mary Jean Holt

Club/Organization of the Year - Pilot Club

Farmer of the Year - Williams Vineyard & Farm

Humanitarian of the Year - Vivian Catoe

Merchant of the Year - Cooper's Country Store

Community Image Award - Linda Brown

W. H. Chandler Lifetime Achievement - Yancey McGill

Iron Eyes Cody Award - Kingstree Fire Department

Lady Bird Johnson Award - Gertrude Williams

Special Award - Welch's Insurance

 

2009

Industry of the Year - Tommy Britton, TC, Inc.

Citizen of the Year - Eleanor Foxworth

Club/Organization of the Year - Williamsburg Presbyterian Church

Farmer of the Year - Shane Stuckey

Humanitarian of the Year - Mrs. Beth Cottingham

Merchant of the Year - Holt’s Gifts & China

Community Image Award - Fred Burgess

W. H. Chandler Lifetime Achievement - Dr. Kenneth Gardner

HomeTown Township Award - Town of Lane

Iron Eyes Cody Award - David Mahan, Firestone Building Products

Lady Bird Johnson Award - Frances McClary

 

2008

Industry of the Year - Hemingway Apparel

Citizen of the Year - Lou Easterling

Club/Organization of the Year - Williamsburg Academy Student Council

Farmer of the Year - Marty Easler

Humanitarian of the Year - The Sisters of St. Ann’s

Merchant of the Year - Personalize It

Community Image Award - Palmetto Synthetics

William H. Chandler Lifetime Achievement -  Leonard Jonte (Posthumously)

HomeTown Township Award - J. David Rose, Stuckey

Iron Eyes Cody Award - Curtis Siems, Springfield Plantation

Lady Bird Johnson Award - Anna Caison Boyd

Special Award - James W. Kirby (Contributions to the Community)

 

2007

Industry of the Year - Peddinghaus

Citizen of the Year - Larry Crabtree

Club/Organization of the Year - Santee Electric Cooperative WIRE

Farmer of the Year - Claude McClary

Humanitarian of the Year - David Rose

Merchant of the Year - Susan’s Floral & Gifts

Community Image Award - The News

William H. Chandler Lifetime Achievement - William Henry Chandler

HomeTown Township Award - Town of Kingstree & Town of Greeleyville

Iron Eyes Cody Award - George L. David

Lady Bird Johnson Award - Barbara McKenzie

 

2006

Industry of the Year - Williamsburg Regional Hospital

Citizen of the Year - Leonard Jonte

Club/Organization of the Year - Kingstree Rotary Club

Farmer of the Year - Henry Elliott, Jr.

Humanitarian of the Year - Alice and Ed Molokie

Merchant of the Year - Kingstree True Value Hardware

Community Image Award - Donna’s House

HomeTown Township Award - Town of Greeleyville & Town of Kingstree

Iron Eyes Cody Award - Bill Chandler

Lady Bird Johnson Award - Mary Hunter

 

2005

Industry of the Year - Watford Industry, Inc.

Citizen of the Year - Kingstree National Guard 1052nd Transp. Unit

Club/Organization of the Year - Kingstree Lions Club

Farmer of the Year - Lowcountry Farms-Guy McClary and  Brian McClam

Humanitarian of the Year - Kingstree Church of God – Open Door Ministries

Merchant of the Year - Williamsburg Feed & Tack

Community Image Award - Town of Hemingway

Iron Eyes Cody Award - Leonard Jonte

Lady Bird Johnson Award - Janet Odom

 

2004

Industry of the Year - Martek Biosciences

Citizen of the Year - Charlie Walker

Club/Organization of the Year - Volunteers of Williamsburg Regional Hospital

Farmer of the Year - Scott Farms – Jack Scott and Mark Scott

Merchant of the Year - Williamsburg Funeral Home

Humanitarian of the Year - Helen Adams

Community Image - Jenkinson Law Firm

Outstanding Volunteerism - Black River Work Camp

HomeTown Township Award - Town of Kingstree & Town of Greeleyville

Iron Eyes Cody - Joe B. Lee

Lady Bird Johnson - Jessie Dale McCollough

 

2003

Industry of the Year - Palmetto Synthetics

Citizen of the Year - Sidney Dubin

Club/Organization of the Year - 2002 Relay for Life American Cancer Society

Farmer of the Year - James J. Dukes

 

2002

Industry of the Year - Creative Color Concrete

Citizen of the Year - W. E. “Billy” Jenkinson

Club/Organization of the Year  - The Boys & Girls Club of Williamsburg County

Farmer of the Year - James Baxley, William Chandler, Robert Johnson

 

2001

Industry of the Year  - Tip Top Tees, Inc.

Club/Organization of the Year - Williamsburg Animal Shelter

Citizen of the Year - Adalyn Cooper

Farmer of the Year - Tony Williamson