Vermont Chamber names Governor Douglas 2010 Citizen of the Year

first_imgFor nearly five decades, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has annually awarded an individual who has gone above and beyond his or her daily requirements to better the state of Vermont through self-sacrifice, service and volunteerism.  In the crowded field of awards given to Vermont community members, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious.  This year, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the Citizen of the Year Award to Governor James H. Douglas of Middlebury.  Governor Douglas has been serving the people of Vermont for nearly 40 years.  As Governor, he has focused on strengthening Vermont’s economy, reducing the cost of living in Vermont and protecting the state’s natural environment.  Making Vermont an affordable place to live, work and raise a family has been Douglas’s top priority.In 1980, Governor Douglas ignited his political career and was elected Secretary of State.  After serving as Secretary of State for thirteen years, Governor Douglas ran for and was elected as State Treasurer in 1994.  Finally, in 2002, Douglas was elected Governor of Vermont and held this position for an impressive eight years.  Beyond government, Douglas has been active in many community organizations including the State 4-H Foundation, Mary Johnson Day Care Center, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Counseling Service of Addison County.  Governor Douglas also continues to serve as Town Moderator for Middlebury, a position he has held for more than twenty years. “Governor Douglas has been a dedicated public servant to the state of Vermont and his success is directly related to his ability to connect with Vermonters and understand their needs,” said Betsy Bishop, President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. “Vermont has benefited under the leadership of Governor Douglas whose vision, dedication and proven results have built a strong foundation for Vermont’s future growth.”The Vermont Chamber of Commerce will honor Governor James H. Douglas on October 28, 2010, beginning at 5:30 pm at the Hilton Burlington Hotel.  Tickets are $65 per person and include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a plated dinner and an opportunity to toast Douglas for his many contributions to and accomplishments in the state of Vermont.Source: Vermont Chamber of Commerce. 9.6.2010last_img

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