Our opinion: Chamber did a great job on a great evening
Source: Houma Today | 2/4/2019
Terrebonne Parish’s business community came together last week to honor its own at the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet, and the night was a wonderful success.
Synergy Bank CEO Jerry Ledet Jr. was named the The Courier’s 2019 Most Useful Citizen. He also received the Chamber Star Award. He accepted the Most Useful Citizen Award from last year’s recipient, former Parish president Michel Claudet.
“Looking back 20 years ago, we had the opportunity, many times, our board as well as our initial staff, to sit down and think about what we wanted to be as an organization, and from the start we wanted to be a different kind of bank,” Ledet said. “Even today, 20 years, later from our most tenured employee to our newest hire, there is a buy-in to give back.”
There were other honorees as well.
Kylie Fontenot earned the Distinguished Diplomat Award for her work with the organization.
Peoples Drug Store and owners Andre and Susan Brunet received the Community Champion Award.
And HTV awarded the Eugene J. Folse Outstanding Veteran Award to 92-year-old World War II and Korean War veteran Dean Daigneault.
“This is a stunning deal,” Daigneault said. “It was a pleasure to come here tonight, to visit and see so many friends that I’ve seen in the past.”
During the event, the chamber also recognized incoming board members and officers.
Local businesses play a large and important role in our communities. And it is important for them to join with one another on issues that work to their mutual interests. The chamber is one way of doing just that. With a strong organization, the members can enjoy a voice that’s louder and clearer than they could produce independently.
Just as importantly, though, it is nice to take time each year to recognize the unique contributions so many members of the organization and of the larger community make that have a real and lasting impact on so many of us.
Congratulations to these many examples of public service, selfless volunteerism and leadership. They do stand out as excellent role models for the many of us who benefit from their work.
Having the respect and admiration of your colleagues and fellow business people is a sign that you have done things the right way.
Well done, one and all.
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