Beaufort News

The Local Life: Awards to honor outstanding citizens

The Latin word "civitas" means "the condition of the citizenship." In ancient Roman times, the "civitates" had a primary purpose of stimulating the local economy in order to generate tax revenue and produce raw materials. This activity was administered by a civitas council consisting of men of sufficient social rank to be able to stand for public office.

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce annually recognizes businesses, individuals and organizations deemed exemplary in our region through our Civitas Awards. Since 2002, the Civitas Awards have celebrated excellence in various community sectors.

This year, we will recognize 55 highly qualified nominees and bestow 12 Civitas Awards at a ceremony June 17. The Civitas program is in line with the chamber's mission to lead the enhancement, expansion and diversification of the business community. By acknowledging and highlighting excellence in the business community, a higher standard is established, making this region a better place to live and work.

The awards cover a wide scope of excellence in the community. New to the celebration this year, the chamber will recognize the 2010-11 Teachers of the Year. These outstanding teachers ensure excellence in education for every learner. The chamber is proud to be a part of this program honoring the teachers who make a positive impact on students.

Additionally, the chamber is a leading organization in supporting, maintaining and growing the three local military installations. The military is an integral part of our community and is critical to our economy. Our chamber is proud to award the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year and Junior Enlisted Service Member of the Year. Also, the Military Citizen of the Year award recognizes a local military resident who makes lasting contributions to our community.

On behalf of the chamber, I'd like to invite you, your associates, family and friends to join us in celebrating outstanding businesses and individuals at the 2011 Civitas Awards Dinner and Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce annual meeting June 17. A cocktail hour and registration begins at 6 p.m. The dinner, awards and meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Cost is $50 for members and $65 for non-members before Wednesday. Reservations are required.

Details: 843-524-8524,