Annual banquet Saturday for chamber and VDC members

Annual banquet Saturday for chamber and VDC members Over 250 Vermillion Area Chamber of Commerce and Vermillion Area Development Company members and guests are expected to attend the annual banquet Saturday evening, Jan. 5, according to Jill LeCates, executive director of the chamber.

The event, to be held at USD's newly renovated DakotaDome, will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour sponsored by Phase 2, Vermillion's newest major corporation. Dinner is slated for 7 p.m.

"An Evening of Community Pride" is the theme of this year's activities. Patriotic symbolism and an emphasis on Vermillion's achievements in 2001 will be stressed.

Curt Schremp, 2001 chamber board president, will summarize these accomplishments and current chamber board president Jenny French, along with VDC board president John Paulson, will comment on the year ahead.

The highlight of the evening will be featured speaker and entertainer Terry Fleck.

Fleck is a fulltime broadcaster, a public speaker, consultant and general manager for the Anderson Broadcasting Company. He has been conducting seminars and training sessions for over eight years and his message is on the importance of enjoying your work and the people you work with.

From North Dakota, Fleck will present "The AttitudeVirus."

Other activities during the evening will be the presentaion of various community awards and recognition of other residents who have contributed efforts to the community during the year 2001. Among these will be 15 leadership Vermillion 2001 students; United Way will present an award to the "Volunteer of the Year; Clark Hammond, Family Business Initiative, will present the Family Business of the Year award; and LeCates will present retiring board directors with awards.

A special, first time showing of the newly developed community marketing CD will also be viewed.

Patriotic music will be performed by Paul Krier and Deb Christensen will entertain throughout the evening with piano selections.

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