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68th Annual Banquet

68th Annual Banquet

November 9, 2017

We are excited to announce we have secured Lt. Colonel Kevin Sweeney as the keynote speaker for the 68th ANNUAL BANQUET. The banquet is set for November 9TH. Mr. Sweeney is the only pilot to have landed a plane successfully with the 2 engines ripped off the left wing during a night combat mission in Desert Storm.  Additionally, he has a business background working as an executive in sales and operations and he currently serves as the volunteer president of a local nonprofit that supports wounded military.

In addition, Kevin Sweeney is a combat veteran having flown missions in both Vietnam and Desert Storm. He spent 23 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel and is the recipient of the United States Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, a medal awarded to fewer than 1% of pilots.  He is also the author of two books......Pressure Cooker Confidence and Conversations with the Colonel.
You may also learn more about Kevin from his demo video and his website

We now offer to our members the opportunity to either request a specific level of sponsorship or reserve their tables. We are proud to announce that it will be held at the Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel located at 100 Westlake Ave, Westlake, LA 70669

**Click on the attached documents to take advantage of our 2017 Annual Banquet Sponsorship Opportunities** 
Reserve your spot now limited seating available!!!

2017 Annual Banquet Sponshorship Information
2017 Annual Banquet Reservations Form

<center>Mel Estess named West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year for 2016</center>

Mel Estess named West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year for 2016

Sulphur Police Department spokesman Mel Estess receives the West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award.

The West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce closed out its annual banquet Thursday with the most anticipated announcement of the evening — Citizen of the Year.

The group usually selects a businessperson for the award, but this year it veered from tradition by selecting longtime Sulphur Police Department volunteer and now spokesman Mel Estess.

Chamber head Lena McArthur said Estess’ commitment to the community and to his family makes him a “great example of what a citizen of the year represents.”

Estess said he was completely surprised by the announcement, which had been a closely guarded secret. “I guess two people have been shocked this week — Donald Trump and myself,” Estess said, evoking a laugh from the crowd.

Estess, originally from Baton Rouge, moved to Sulphur in 1983 to work as a pipefitter. The next year he became the youth pastor at Victory Worship Center, where he served for 22 years in various capacities, including Victory Worship Christian Academy principal and administrative pastor.

Estess also worked 25 years as a reserve officer and chaplain for the Sulphur Police Department. Since 2006, he has been a full-time employee and serves as internal affairs manager, chaplain and public information officer. He served as provisional police chief in 2011.

Estess has worn a number of other public service hats. He served two terms on the Sulphur City Council in the 1990s; served as president of Crime Stoppers in 2011; and is president of the Care Help board. He is a member of West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce Board and the Rotary Club of Sulphur, where he was president in 2000-2001. He was named Rotarian of the Year in 2006 and received the Service Above Self Award in 2013.

During the little free time he has, Estess said, he enjoys hunting and sharing his hunting expertise with beginners in the community.

He has been married to his wife, Billie, for 55 years and has three children, 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

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