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  • Thursday, January 04, 2018
    2018 ANNUAL BANQUET

    Dr. Henry Musoma of Texas A&M University’s Mays School of Business will be the featured speaker at this year’s Washington County Chamber banquet.

    The banquet will be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Fireman’s Training Center here. The theme of the banquet is “Building Relationships For A Better World.”

    “We are very happy to have Dr. Musoma as our banquet speaker,” said Kyle Merten, outgoing chairman of the chamber’s board of directors. “He is an inspirational lecturer and a passionate and caring professor.”

    Musoma was born and raised in Zambia in southern Africa. He attended high school in Zambia and Mozambique, then moved to the United States to pursue higher education. He received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Texas A&M University, and a doctorate from Texas Christian University.

    His multi-national background has afforded him significant insight into national and international global perspectives on leadership and leadership development.

    He enjoys teaching young people about leadership, and has traveled each summer since 2014 with a group of Regents’ Scholars (first-generation college students) to Dubai, South Africa and Zambia. The “African Excellence” trip is sponsored by Phillips 66.

    Musoma also leads a spring break program to Heifer International Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas.

    He has been actively involved in university and community leadership development throughout his academic tenure and has received numerous awards.

    In 2008, he received a “Fish Camp Namesake Award,” an honor given to individuals who have contributed to Texas A&M in a positive way.

    In 2013, he received the Dr. Robert M. Gates Inspiration Award from A&M to recognize his role in establishing the Regent’s Ambassador Program (RAP), which offers freshmen and sophomore Regents’ Scholars personal and professional leadership development opportunities. It has contributed to increased enrollment of underrepresented populations.

    In 2015, he received the Diversity Medal from the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets’ Cultural Awareness and Diversity Expansion Team and was also keynote speaker for The Big Event, the nation’s largest student-run service project.

    He was one of 24 recipients of this year’s vuniversity-level Distinguished Achievement Awards, given to professionals who have exhibited the highest standards of excellence at Texas A&M. He also received the first Mays Spirit Award for his act of kindness to a student who couldn’t find a babysitter during class time. He encouraged her to bring the baby to class.

    Wesley Brinkmeyer of Bluebonnet Electric and past chairman of the chamber board will be the emcee at the banquet.

    Chairman Circle sponsors of the banquet include Baylor Scott & White Health, Brenham Abstract & Title, Brenham Clinic, Brenham National Bank, Germania Insurance and Van Dyke Rankin Insurance. Superior Sponsors are Blinn College, Blue Bell Creameries, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and Brenham Chrysler Jeep Dodge.

     
     

    “We are very grateful to these sponsors because they will enable us to host a great event for the community, plus they join in applauding the efforts of the volunteer leaders and citizens who will be recognized,” said Page Michel, chamber president.

    Five Washington County Chamber board directors who ended their term of service in December will be recognized: Kurt Alfred of Brenham National Bank; Tammy Jaster of the city of Brenham; James Pharaon of Germania Insurance and James Pharaon Photography; and Cyndee Smith of Oldham Goodwin Group.

    The Rev. Randy Wells of Faith Mission served as first vice chair in 2017 and will remain on the board in 2018 as chairman.

    Two retiring Brenham Economic Development Foundation board members will also be recognized: Roger Atkins of RJ3 Enterprises and Stephen Miller of Brenham Wholesale.

    Another highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the Man and Woman of the Year-Lifetime Achievement Award winners.

    Last year’s recipients were Nina Hopkins and Frank Blizzard, who will return to do introductions of the 2017 winners. The Blue Blazer of the Year Award will also be announced.

    Tickets for the banquet are now on sale at the chamber, 314 S. Austin Street. Individual tickets are $40 per person. Tickets will be on sale until Jan. 23.

    Story courtesy of:  Brenham Banner-Press, Arthur Hahn