Chamber honors volunteers
by Denise Strub
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Chamber Awards
Bootsie Lyon (left) accepts the S.E. Kossman Award from the Libbi Logan, Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce president.
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The Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce held its own awards program Monday as it honored their many volunteers.

The highest award of the night was given to Bootsie Lyon, vice president and chair of the tourism council.

Lyon was presented with the S.E. Kossman Award.

"(Bootsie) grew up in Pace and graduated from Delta State University," said Libbi Logan, chamber president, adding that Lyon had a master's degree from Mississippi State University and had worked at the Mississippi Employment Security Commission.

Logan said since retiring, Lyon has been "extremely busy" by promoting tourism and giving tours in Bolivar County.

"She knows more about Po'Monkeys than Monkey," said Logan.

Chamber Awards were presented to chairs of chamber committees for outstanding volunteerism.

Honored were Diane Makamson and Emily Havens.

"(Diane) is literally everywhere she is one of those 'give it to me and I'll do it' people. She is a true go getter," said Logan, who added that Makamson "stepped up to the plate in a big way and oversaw every aspect of the Dixie Youth World Series.

Logan said Havens, stepped right in and brought new life to the chamber's Delta State University Committee.

"It's great to see graduates of our Leadership Bolivar County Class take leadership," said Logan.

President's Awards were presented to late U.S. District Judge Allen Pepper Jr. and to Lucy Janoush for being dedicated leaders and volunteers in the community while not heading a committee.

Following the presentation of awards, Logan highlighted some of the efforts from the more than 500 volunteers who work with the chamber.

Those highlights included the Legislative Day in Jackson Italian Fest, Shop Cleveland, the Dixie Youth World Series and the Old Fashioned Thank You.

The top highlight was that Cleveland has seen a "tourism tax increase of five percent" and that inquires from businesses have increased.

Logan also said the chamber is working on an online mapping tool for business in the area so visitors can find things with ease.

The speaker at the banquet was Rita George, deputy director of the GRAMMY® Museum in Los Angeles.

Georg oversees the daily operations of the L.A. museum and its staff and has been instrumental in bringing the GRAMMY® Museum to Cleveland.

Following her talk she was presented with a letter from Gov. Phil Bryant confirming his support for the museum in Cleveland.

2012 Leadership Bolivar County grads honored

Graduates of the 2012 Leadership Bolivar County class were recognized Monday at the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.

The class teaches an awareness of the Cleveland and Bolivar County community and of the chamber of Commerce.

Graduating were Neal Anderson, Domino’s; Ross Barkley, Ely Engineering; Lauren Conner, Lynn Pace Real Estate; Heather Fuqua, Chamber of Commerce; Chris Gaines, Amy Korb, Michael Lipford, Caitlyn Thompson, Heather Walker and Paul Wallace, all of Delta State University; Laura Giaccaglia, Bolivar County Farm Bureau Federation; Andrea Hill, Albert Howard and Anna Murray, all of Baxter Healthcare; Meghan Litton, Ray Funeral Home; Robert Maxwell, Rosedale-Bolivar County Port Commission; Matthew Mullins, Cleveland State Bank; and Brandyn Skeen, Gainspoletti Financial Services.