Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce to Host Chesapeake Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on September 22

 Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce to Host Chesapeake Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on September 22
Dr. Linda Rice, Provost, Chesapeake Campus of Tidewater Community College, Among Award Recipients

HAMPTON ROADS, VA – The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2011 Chesapeake Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, September 22 at 12pm at the Chesapeake Conference Center (900 Greenbrier Circle, Chesapeake).  This annual event brings together more than 100 business leaders and elected officials from the region to honor Chamber volunteers in Chesapeake and the region. 

During the luncheon, several outstanding volunteers will receive awards for their accomplishments and contributions.  Dr. Linda Rice, Provost, Chesapeake Campus of Tidewater Community College will receive the 2011 Marian P. Whitehurst Women in Leadership Award.  This award, created in 2009, is given to a woman who has attained and embodies the highest level of professional excellence in Chesapeake, and who has distinguished herself through volunteer service to the community.  The award is named after Marian P. Whitehurst (1924-1991), former Chesapeake Mayor, who is described as a visionary with quiet dignity and integrity.  This year’s award recipient, Dr. Linda Rice has held leadership roles at TCC for more than 30 years.  She oversees service to more than 16,000 students annually and leads 300 faculty members.  In addition, Dr. Rice oversees the Women’s Center at TCC, focused on success for women of all walks and places of life.  Dr. Rice has developed partnerships with the public schools and organizations such as Smart Beginnings.  She also serves on The Up Center’s Board of Directors, as well as works on TCC’s Great Expectations program which helps youth learn about the benefits of a college education. 

Claudia Cotton of Tidewater Builders Association, will be presented with the Chesapeake Division’s 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award.  This award honors a Division member who exemplifies the true spirit of volunteerism and service to the community. Cotton has served for two years on the Executive Board of the Chamber’s Chesapeake Division.  Most recently, she has volunteered as Community Service Co-Chairman, a position responsible for ensuring the Chamber remains active in social and community affairs important to the business community.

The recipient of the 2011 Chairman's Award is David Ropp of Monarch Bank.  This award is given for exceptional and dedicated service to the Chamber and its members.  Ropp currently serves as Chair of both the Sustainable Resources Campaign and Membership Committee on the Executive Board of the Chamber’s Chesapeake Division.  In addition to a willingness to serve, he is responsible for fundraising and the recruitment of new chamber members.

About the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (www.HamptonRoadsChamber.com)

The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, member-based business organization. The Chamber is a vigorous advocate for the economic success of its nearly 2,000 member businesses, which employ more than 280,000 men and women in southeastern Virginia.  The Chamber promotes Hampton Roads’ healthy business climate through economic development, public policy initiatives, services and benefits to members.  The Chamber is dedicated to creating economic opportunity and enhancing the quality of life in Hampton Roads.

 Please contact Lisa Jones at 757-664-2531 or ljones@hrccva.com if you would like to attend and cover this event. 

 Photos will be made available following the event.

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