The ceremony took place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 at the Chamber office, where all of Dilworth and Line's friends and collogues congratulated them.
Dilworth, who has worked for the Chamber for the past 19 years, said she is going to miss her coworkers the most.
"I'll miss being around the best people in the world and those are people who do something for nothing—volunteers," said Dilworth.
Dilworth also said her greatest achievement while working for the Chamber is the work that she has done for our nation's troops.
"One of my most fulfilling achievements was the troop support that we did for our national guard that were deployed to Iraq," said Dilworth. "We collected money from the community and were able to give them a send off, care packages, and a welcoming home."
Line was Cleveland’s first tourism director and has worked for the Chamber for over 20 years. She said that she would miss her job also, especially working with tourists and meeting new visitors. Line also said that she hopes to see Mississippi tourism continue to prosper.
“I hope that we will continue to be supported by the Cleveland community and that we will continue to promote the tourism industry,” said Line. “The more people you bring in, the more money that there will be to help boost our economy.”
“Our culture and heritage is what sells…” explained Line, “that and the story we have to tell. That’s why I think we are lucky to now have the Grammy Museum.”
Throughout her years at the Chamber, Dilworth noted that she learned one important lesson about people: "People are very generous."
Dilworth said she plans to "take it easy and enjoy life" now that she is a retired citizen, especially since she knows that she and Line’s jobs will remain in good hands.
"Lisa Cooley will take over my position," said Dilworth. "The ceremony that they did for us was lovely. I hope it [Chamber] continues to thrive as it has and I think it is in good hands with the current staff and the leadership of Justin Thigpen.