The Royse City Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday held its annual award ceremony luncheon to recognize members for their contributions to the organization.
Chamber members who served on the group’s board of directors for the past year were honored at the event held at the Occasions at Stone River, located 1250 FM 2453 in Royse City. Incoming members on the board were also recognized at the luncheon.
Erin Kincaid, chairwoman of the Chamber’s board of directors, was the host for the awards luncheon and new officers installations. Tim Cypert, the new chairman of the board, also helped man the mic.
“For those of you who have been with the chamber for years, we say thank you, thank you, thank you,” Cypert said. “We’ve been seeing the city grow and seeing the changes that have been made.”
The Chamber presented a total of ten awards to individuals as well as businesses. This year was also the first time that the organization recognized a nonprofit in the community.
Along with award recognitions, the Chamber gave its official farewell to outgoing President Julia Bryant, who has served the organization for 12 years.
Bryant announced in April that this will be her last term as president of the Chamber. Vanessa Stahl, vice president of the Chamber, will now serve as the chief financial and operating officer of the organization.
Ashlee Burke from Resthaven Funeral Home will also be joining the Chamber’s official staff.
Bryant told the Royse City Herald-Banner that her job became more than a position, and described her work to promote the Royse City business community one of her passions.
“It’s not just a job; it’s a passion. I care about what happens, I care about the city, I care about our community and our members,” Bryant said. “ I hope that I have done my best to encourage everybody along the way.”
As for the new incoming leadership at the chamber, Bryant said she is comfortable leaving the organization in their hands.
She said her wish is that the Chamber continues to foster a healthy relationship with the city’s leaders, businesses and organizations.
“I feel very comfortable with these girls because they have a lot of energy, a lot of passion and they know how important it is to work closely with the city to make sure that we’re all cohesive,” she said.
At the luncheon, some of the town’s community leaders expressed their gratitude for Bryant’s work for the city.
Kevin Worthy, superintendent of the Royse City Independent School District
“Julia Bryant has been such a blessing to our school district and our community. She is a true advocate for Royse City ISD, and she helps share our story everyday. She is definitely going to be missed, but we really appreciate everything she’s done for our community and our school district.”
Jason Castleberry, post adjutant of Royse City American Legion Post #100
“Julia is such a great ambassador for the community; I mean that’s what I’m going to miss most about her. Her love for community and everything she does is really evident in all these events that she plans. What she does for our community, what she does for our businesses – we’re really going to miss her.”
Janet Nichol, mayor of Royse City
“Julia has been such an asset to the community and just always works so well with the city and does so many things with the city. She’s going to be hard to let go of, but she’s done an amazing job, and made Royse City what it is today. She is the best, she is amazing. We’re going to miss her smile and her craziness. We’re going to miss her.”
Chris Everson, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Royse City
“Julia has just allowed for-profits and nonprofits to thrive in Royse City. She has helped them get connected, and find ways to make a difference. That’s just one of things that I’m thankful for in Julia.”
Listed below are the names of individuals and business recognized at the 2019 Royse City Chamber of Commerce Awards Luncheon:
Volunteer of the Year - Daniel Stahl
Ambassador of the Year - Jeremy Pence
Chairman’s Award - Tim Cypert
Servant’s Heart Award - Bobby Gladu
Nonprofit of the Year - First United Methodist Church of Royse City
Corporate Sponsor of the Year - A&J Steel Reinforcing Services
Small Business of the Year - Appreciation Printing
New Business of the Year - 1885 Barber Shop and Shave Parlor
Business of the Year - Guaranty Bank Royse City
Hometown Hero - Jason Castleberry