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    Step up, Ms. or Mr. Seminole

    The Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for its top award.

    By JULIANNE WU

    © St. Petersburg Times, published April 13, 2001


    SEMINOLE -- Nominations are now being accepted for the 2000 Mr./Ms. Seminole award, the highest award given by the Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce.

    The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. May 7. Between then and the May 12 banquet, a committee will make the decision.

    Everything is hush-hush -- even the names of the committee members -- until the winner is announced at the annual Mr./Ms. Seminole banquet, which will be at the Wine Cellar in North Redington Beach. Details for the banquet will be announced shortly.

    "Anyone can nominate someone," said Jimmy Johnson, the chamber's executive director. "People don't have to be members of the chamber to nominate a deserving person. Nor does the recipient have to be a chamber member." Johnson was the 1985 Mr. Seminole.

    "I can tell you this is one of the most prestigious awards the chamber gives out," said Johnson, 58, a retired Kmart Corp. manager. "When I got it, I was overwhelmed." Johnson said the award -- which will be given for the 36th time -- is based on accomplishment. "It is not a popularity contest," he said.

    The honor is given to a person who has distinguished himself or herself for several years. The selection committee considers contributions the person has made in the greater Seminole area only. No out-of-area activities are considered.

    Last year's winner was Ken Burke, a legal administrator for the DeLoach and Hofstra law firm and manager of Seminole Title. The first winner, in 1965, was Jesse W. Johnson, one of the founders of Seminole.

    Nomination forms are available from the chamber office, 8400 113th St. N, or by calling 392-3245.

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