The Roaring Twenties was the theme for Saturday’s 97th annual Smithville Chamber of Commerce banquet as the chamber looked back nostalgically at that period in time in anticipation of the twenties of
The event kicked off with a special recognition to retired city secretary Brenda Page. Page served with five mayors, four city managers and hundreds of employees during her 33 years of service. She was not able to attend the banquet but was recognized with a resolution from the state of Texas, presented by State Representative John Cyrier to city manager Robert Tamble for Page.
A key to the City of Smithville was given to Chamber President April Daniels by Saunders for her hard work in promoting the city.
Highlights of the banquet included a musical number performed by the Chamber board and staff, tributes and a memorial dedication to Smithville’s Film Commission President Harold “Skeeter” Sewart, who unexpectedly passed away. The commission was posthumously named the Harold “Skeeter” Sewart Film Commission in his honor.
Council member Bill Gordon gave special recognition to former city council member and veteran Charles Harris, who was recognized by the French Legion of Honor with the Chevalier de la Legion of Honor Award. Harris was unable to attend but his family accepted on his behalf. Gordon also recognized Grammy-nominated musician Hannibal Lokumbe, who honored the crowd with a musical selection.
A silent auction benefitting the Chamber and a live auction raising scholarships for Smithville students were also held during the evening.
Other awards presented to the individuals, businesses and organizations included Citizen of the Decade, Jill Strube; Citizen of the Year, Janice Bruno; the Renee D. Blaschke Keep Smithville Beautiful Award, Dorothy Richards; Organization of the Year, Smithville Empty Bowl Project; Business of the Year, A&S Electric; Growing Business Awards, Calbri Logistics and Bella’s Cottage Antiques; and Smithville Chamber Spotlight Awards, volunteer Betty Kahanek and Ken Ladd of Kragh’s Jewelers.