Last night’s Annual Dinner was a huge success! We could not have done it without the support from Terri Baker and Gloria Kincaid of New River Community and Technical College, who came early to the dinner and helped us with setup, as well as the swift and reliable staff of the Greenbrier Resort. The evening also would not have been possible without the support of our membership and our dinner sponsors: ABB, BB&T, Concord University, First National Bank, Frontier Communications, The Greenbrier, Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, MWV (Mead WestVaco), Ream Interests, Summit Community Bank, and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
The evening began with a cocktail reception at 6:30 pm while everyone was registering. I cannot comment personally on the reception as I was running the registration table, but comments were that it was a great time to mix and mingle and find a seat for the meeting. We were especially excited that at every single placesetting there was a copy of our brand new Community Guide and Business Directory! Once everyone was seated, President Sharon Rowe addressed the crowd, recognizing Chamber employees and board directors, and noting our events and initiatives from 2011.
Kiersten Curry, teacher at Rupert Elementary School, introduced her father, Greenbrier County Schools Superintendent John D. Curry, our Business Leader of the Year. John addressed the crowd and noted the vast achievements of Greenbrier County Schools over the past few years, including the building of several new schools and renovations of others, and the 21st century learning initiative, which combines traditional education with computers and the internet. John’s other daughter, Mary-Kellan Curry, offered the invocation before dinner.
The menu for the evening included a salad made of Boston Bibb lettuce, marinated mushrooms, shaved house breasola, pecorino toscano, roasted asparagus, seasonal tomatoes, and a balsamic vinaigrette. The main course was a grilled salmon and a petite filet with pink peppercorn potato pave, collard greens, a mushroom and onion ragout, and sauce foyot. The dessert course was a molten chocolate cake with berry compote. We can assure you that there were not many empty plates! The Greenbrier did an excellent job.
After the dinner, Vice President Selina Cahill recognized President Sharon Rowe for her dedication to the organization, and then introduced dinner speaker Carte Goodwin. Carte was candid and entertaining in telling of his experiences growing up in nearby Mt. Alto, WV and participating in the United States Senate.
We hope everyone who attended the dinner and meeting had as a fantastic evening as we did! We hope to see everyone again next year, and at our numerous events this year!