THAYER -- The Thayer Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Chamber of Commerce banquet June 18 at Los Potrillos Mexican Restaurant. Peggy Boren was honored with the Citizen of the Year award.
Dr. Howard Mainprize presented Boren with the honor.
The chamber has been honoring a deserving citizen with the Citizen of the Year award for more than 20 years.
"We honor a member of our community in recognition of their outstanding volunteer efforts," Dr. Mainprize said.
He said Boren attends chamber meetings regularly and is also involved in helping the chamber in planning and carrying out all of the chamber's major events.
"Peggy seems to work tirelessly. She helps with our annual Dogwood Daze breakfast, planning, getting donations as well as serving pancakes," he said. Dr. Mainprize added that Boren works in the concession stand at the chamber's July 4th activities, helps with the Fall Festival, the Thayer Christmas Parade and the Santa Train celebration.
"Along with her husband, Gene, who is also a Thayer Citizen of the Year recipient, they have hosted the Missouri Wagon Train, providing a clean family event and bringing tourism to our area for 13 years," Dr. Mainprize said.
Boren has played an active role in the Thayer Arts Council and volunteers with the Meal on Wheels program at Thayer Fun and Friends Senior Citizen's Center.
"Peggy has worked hard getting the Oregon County Country Music Theater up and going. She takes donations at the door and works in the concession stand at the theater," he said.
Boren accepted the award and said she was very surprised and honored.
Three new board of directors were elected by the chamber members in attendance at the banquet. Gene Boren was re-elected and Lisa Cates and Scott Ream were elected as new board members.
Other board members include: Harvey Allen, Mildred Cornelius, Ron Cornelius, Adam Courter, Bob Eckman and Jim Hart.
Ron Cornelius serves as the chamber president/vice-president. Faith Holt is the secretary and Adam Courter is the treasurer.
Entertainment at the banquet was provided by Stephen Wayne Clark a Branson entertainer with Thayer roots. He is the son of chamber of commerce members Ron and Gleta Clark.
The Clarks moved to Thayer from Memphis when Stephen was 5 years old. He began singing in grade school, first performing a solo in the eighth grade. His first band was formed in high school and groups bearing his name have performed across the United States.
He studied voice at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield.
Clark plays the guitar, bass, keyboard and is a versatile entertainer. He now performs daily at the Plantation Restaurant on 76 Country Music Boulevard in Branson.