Chamber Banquet

Each March, the Williamsburg Hometown Chamber has an annual awards banquet. 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 indiviual, 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.

CHAMBER BANQUET AWARDS

Past and Present Recipients

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

HomeTown Township Award - Stag Festival Committee (Lane)

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

HomeTown 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