More than 200 people gathered Wednesday in Athens to honor those who help strengthen the community during the annual Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce luncheon held at the Beasley Center.
Chamber President Jennifer Williamson and 2013-2014 Chairman of the Board Kurt Leopard took time to reflect on the past year as well as recognize chamber events and volunteers.
“Athens is a special place for all of us,” Leopard said during his opening remarks.
Athens and Limestone County continues to grow, according to Leopard, who said the area is the third-fastest growing county in the state and the 65th fastest-growing county in the nation.
“Much of this is due to the leadership of our local city, county and state officials and their willingness to move and negotiate industry and developments in our area,” Leopard said. “I’ve been honored to be the chairman of the board for the past year.”
Williamson said it has been a privilege to serve in her capacity as well.
“We have a strong and vibrant chamber here in Limestone County and that is helping to shape the future of our community,” Williamson said. “When you work together great things happen and I continue to see that here in Athens and Limestone County.”
Citizen of the year
Attorney Jim Moffatt was named Citizen of the Year. Moffat was nominated because of his more than 20-year devotion to the success of Poke Sallet Follies. According to the nomination given to the chamber, Moffat has worked tirelessly “behind the scenes” and as a “very popular performer. Moffatt is known for building sets and backdrops for many shows.
He is also a member of various clubs and organizations including Athens Rotary Club, Athens-Limestone Foundation on Aging, Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority, Athens-Limestone Hospital Board, CASA board, Athens-Limestone Hospital Foundation Board and more.
Jackie Greenhaw presented the award.
“It would be impossible for me to tell y’all all the things that this person has done,” Greenhaw said. “The countless hours he has spent in making Limestone County a better place.”
Greenhaw said Moffatt is “tough,” “a tireless worker” who has done so many good things for the community and “a man who will someday leave Athens a better place than he found it.”