The Bay County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony is scheduled for January 24, 2020, at the Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort. A social and silent auction benefiting Junior Leadership Bay begins at 5:00 p.m. with program and dinner beginning at 6:45 p.m.
This event will celebrate the Chamber’s successes of 2019 and honor the outgoing Chair of the Board, Will Cramer who will officially pass the gavel to 2020 Chair of the Board, Andrew Rowell. The program will also include presentations for Chairman’s Award, Member of the Year Award and the Lauren Merriam Award, which is the highest recognition given by the Chamber for community service in our area.
Also being honored at this event is the outgoing Military Affairs Committee (MAC) Chair, Doug Moore. Moore was the 2018 Chair of the Board of Directors before becoming the 2019 MAC Chairman. Moore officially passed the gavel to Cramer who took over as the 2020 MAC Chair at the annual MAC Passing of the Gavel event on January 16th.
Lauren Merriam Award explanation
The Lauren Merriam Memorial Award is presented annually by the Bay County Chamber of Commerce to a member of the Bay County business community who best exemplifies the characteristics embodied by Lauren Merriam, a Past President of the Chamber in 1959 and the original Chairman of the Chamber’s First Friday Club. Most importantly among those characteristics are commitment to the community’s well-being, as exemplified by involvement in civic, charitable and/or endeavors contributing to the betterment of Bay County and the benefit of its citizens — and the ability not to take oneself, or one’s peers, too seriously. Merriam did a lot for our community and in the process, he enjoyed himself.