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|Alexander to speak at Chamber banquet|
U.S. Congressman Rodney Alexander will serve as guest speaker for this year's Winnsboro-Franklin Chamber of Commerce annual Banquet.
The event, which will include the instillation of new officers for the Chamber Board of Directors and members, will take place Monday, March 8, at noon in the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church in Winnsboro.
"Because of scheduling problems that were out of our control, we were not able to have the usual evening Chamber banquet like we've done in the past two years," said incoming Chamber President Howard Dee Smith.
Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has served as guest speaker for the event in the past was unable to attend this year, Smith said, but he is happy that Alexander has agreed to fill in for the governor.
Smith expects Alexandria to update the Chamber on topics that range from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) planned levee re-certification and the ongoing health care debate in Washington.
Jindal, who cited a scheduling conflict for this year's banquet, is expected to speak to the Chamber at a luncheon in April.
Monday's banquet will introduce the 2010 Chamber Board of Directors and officers to the community, and will offer Smith an opportunity to outline the Chamber's plans for the upcoming year.
Other Chamber officers for 2010 include Blake Kramer serving as Vice-president and Steven Pylant as Treasurer.
The remaining board members for 2010 include Karl Broussard, Eric Day, DeLayne Donnell, Susan Easterling, Kay Huff, Jacqueline Johnson, Christy Montgomery, Paul Price, Jr., Sherry Anders Randall, Nathan Roberts, Lester Thomas, and Dustin Wright.
Ex-Officio members include Winnsboro mayor Jack Hammons, Kay LaFrance-Knight, and Lindy Price.
The Chamber's new "Business of the Year" Award will also be presented at the meeting.
Alexander, elected to Congress in 2002, is currently serving his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, and represents families living in nearly one-third of the parishes in Louisiana. His committee assignment on the powerful House Appropriations Committee allows him to exert influence on matters of great importance to north Louisiana.
Alexander and his wife, Nancy, reside in Quitman, and are the parents of three children - Ginger Robinson, married to Jeff, Rod Alexander, and Lisa Lowe married to Billy - and have seven grandchildren.
Ticket prices for the event are $15 each for Chamber members, $20 for non-members, and are limited in number. The deadline for reserving a seat is Thursday by 4 p.m.
Those who would like to attend the event can reserve seating by calling the Chamber office at 435-4488.