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King Chamber to hold awards banquet

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Local leaders will be honored at the King Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 1 at Jefferson Church of Christ in Rural Hall. They will be recognized for their visionary leadership, business ethics, involvement in the community and for their work to enhance the quality of life in Stokes County.


During the evening Linda K. Lane, owner of Linda Lane Realty, LLC, will receive the 2012 Business Leader of the Year Award. Having retired after 30 years of teaching secondary mathematics in the Stokes County Schools system, Lane began her second career in real estate, eventually forming her own company. She was the organizer of the Real Estate Brokers of Stokes County, a collaborative effort to promote property sales/ownership in the area. An active member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Lane was instrumental in establishing the church’s community garden and serves as the coordinator of that project. She is a dedicated member of the Rotary Club of King, having served one year as president. She was also on the Chamber Board of Directors for three years and chaired the golf tournament during that time.


Carolyn Byerly, former King City Council member, will be honored as the Retired Community Leader of the Year. Byerly served on the King City Council for 12 years, four of which were as Mayor Pro-Tem, and on the King Planning Board for eight years. She is in her sixth year of service on the Stokes Partnership for Children Board of Directors, of which she is currently the vice chairman, as well as chairman of the Governance Committee. She is proud to have been a member of the King Lions Club for the past 13 years, having been president one year. Byerly is also currently serving on the King Senior Services Advisory Board and is an active member of King Moravian Church. With all her activities and responsibilities, Byerly says she “hopes she has been a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.”


Habitat for Humanity of Stokes County, Inc., will be recognized as the recipient of the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award at the banquet. With a 19 member volunteer Board of Directors and an executive director, Habitat has involved hundreds of additional volunteers across the county in building seven homes for deserving families and raising the funds for those projects. Habitat was also recently recognized by the City of King for their remodeling and beautification work on the offices on Dalton Road in the downtown area of King, giving Habitat a permanent home and the dream of a possible ReStore. The guiding principle for the organization speaks to the purpose: “Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope by assisting deserving families from Stokes County build and acquire adequate, affordable homes.”


This year the new Spirit of the Chamber Award will also be presented. The award is to recognize a member of the Chamber who is supportive of the organization’s events and projects, who volunteers his time in service to the Chamber, who regularly attends Chamber functions and who promotes community support for the Chamber. David L. May Jr., who is the Nationwide Insurance Agent for King, has been chosen as the first recipient of the Spirit of the Chamber Award. May is a past member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, having served as both president of the board and KingFest chairperson. He continues to serve on the KingFest Planning Committee and is regularly a part of Business Before Hours and other Chamber gatherings.


For banquet tickets or additional information, please contact the King Chamber of Commerce at 336-983-9308 or kcoc@windstream.net.

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