The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce held its annual Chesapeake Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on September 22 at the Chesapeake Conference Center. The event brought together 100 business and community leaders from the region to honor volunteers. Chesapeake Mayor Alan Krasnoff provided remarks during the luncheon. Several outstanding volunteers received awards for their accomplishments and contributions.
Dr. Linda Rice, Provost of the Chesapeake Campus of Tidewater Community College (TCC), received 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), who has been described as a visionary with quiet dignity and integrity. Whitehurst presided over Chesapeake City Council as Mayor from 1972-1980. Dr. 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.
The award was presented to Dr. Rice by the 2010 award recipient, the Honorable Faye W. Mitchell, Clerk of Court of the Chesapeake Circuit Court. Dr. Rice said, “I will be forever grateful for this award.” She added, “I hope I will be remembered as someone who served Chesapeake with dignity and grace.”
David Ropp, of Monarch Bank, was honored with the Chesapeake Division’s 2011 Chairman’s Award. 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.
The Chesapeake Division’s 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Claudia Cotton of Tidewater Builders Association. 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-Chair, a position responsible for ensuring the Chamber remains active in social and community affairs important to the business community.
Thank you to sponsors: TowneBank (Presenting); Chesapeake Economic Development, Controlled Conditions Corp., Damuth Trane, Monarch Bank, Old Dominion Steel & Container Co., Inc., and Tidewater Community College (Bronze); Engineering Services, Inc., and ShepelleWatkinsWhite, Consulting & Law, PLLC (Program).