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Chamber honors efforts of outgoing officer, others

Betty Pleacher is recognized for her dedication as the group gives awards for community service.


© St. Petersburg Times, published February 10, 2001

INVERNESS -- Betty Pleacher, outgoing executive vice president of the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, was honored for her dedication and her efforts to unify the county's eastern and western chambers at an awards luncheon Friday.

Pleacher, who is resigning her position March 30, was given a plaque of appreciation at the conclusion of Thursday's awards ceremony. Chamber president Gerard Mulligan praised Pleacher for her efforts in combining the Crystal River and Inverness chambers.

The chamber also presented the following awards to other members and organizations:

  • The Hernando Heritage Council received the Outstanding Community Service Award for its efforts to renovate the former Hernando Elementary School into a community center.
  • The O.J. Humphries Community Service Award was presented to Jesse Watson, who entertains by singing country music at many community events, including the Floral City Strawberry Festival and the Citrus County Fair.
  • The Charles B. Fitzpatrick Heritage Award was presented to Carey F. Smoak, who was instrumental in building the Inverness Golf and Country Club, Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness City Hall and many other downtown buildings.
  • Fancy's Pets in Crystal River was given the Outstanding Community Business Award. Store owners Steve and Fancy Taylor were praised for their recent involvement in the N Florida Manatee Festival.
  • John Williams, of the accounting firm Williams, McCranie and Sutton, was given the Outstanding Chamber Member Award for his help in providing accounting services to non-profit organizations.
  • John Crider, a Crystal River lawyer, was given the Rick Quinn Distinguished Citizen Award for his two terms as chamber president, his involvement in the Jim LeGrone Park in Crystal River and his help to obtain funding for the Fort Island Trail bicycle path.
  • The chamber's 2001 board of directors are Mulligan, president; Don Sutton, president-elect; Charles E. Davis, secretary; and Williams, treasurer.

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