Chamber to mark 115th anniversary

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N.C. State University Chancellor Randy Woodson

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Staff Writer

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce is ready to begin celebrating 115 years of service with the 2019 annual banquet on Thursday at Nash Community College.

N.C. State University Chancellor Randy Woodson is set to be the featured speaker.

Chamber President David Farris said the civic organization is anticipating one of the largest turnouts for such an event in recent times, with approximately 400 booked to attend.

"We're sold out," he said. "And we're just thrilled that we were able to get on Chancellor Woodson's schedule."

Woodson has been N.C. State’s chancellor since April 2010 and presently is in charge of what is the state’s largest university, with more than 34,000 students and a $1.5 billion budget.

Additionally, the Chamber is going to honor John Barker as the distinguished citizen of the year.

Barker, who was one of the founders of Providence Bank, is retired from working in banking and finance. His background, combined with his record of public service, resulted in his being named to receive the award.

During the program on Thursday, attendees also are going to find out who has been chosen the Chamber’s ambassador of the year and the Chamber’s volunteer of the year and who’s going to receive the president’s award.

Farris also said the Chamber is going to honor N.C. Wesleyan College President Dewey Clark for his service as the Chamber’s board chairman.

"I once served in that capacity about 12 years ago and it requires a lot of time," Farris said. "It's not an honorary position."

The banquet is going to be held in Brown Auditorium, with a reception to start at 5:15 p.m. and dinner to be served at approximately 6 p.m.

Rocky Mount Mills is going to be the presenting sponsor and Nash Community College is going to be the host sponsor.