Citizen of the Year Celebration

Concord's biggest social event of the year!

We invite you to join us for the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce's  102nd Annual Meeting and Citizen of the Year Award event on Wednesday, November 3 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a lively cocktail reception and networking that generally attracts more than 300 business and nonprofit community leaders. Guests are then welcomed into the ballroom to enjoy a delicious sit-down dinner and we'll recognize a deserving member of our community with the Chamber's top honor: the Citizen of the Year Award. We'll also have a brief changing of the gavel and thank our 2021 Board Chair Leslie Walker of Mason + Rich, Professional Association  for her dedicated service to the Chamber.

Tickets for this event will be available online soon. Register online to reserve your seat or company table.

Please note, this event is indoors and open to the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce members and the public. The Chamber will follow current guidelines recommended by the State of New Hampshire to promote the health and safety of attendees at this event.

 

We are now accepting citizen of the year award nominations

Each year, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce presents the Citizen of the Year Award to honor a member of our community who has shown exceptional leadership, performance in several areas of community service over many years, and for contributing to the general benefit of the community. The nominee does not have to be a member of the Greater Concord Chamber or the business community.

The deadline to submit a nomination Monday, September 20 Learn more.

 

Interested in sponsoring our November, 2021 event?

As a member of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, you are uniquely positioned to enhance your brand recognition by sponsoring chamber events like the Annual Meeting and Citizen of the Year. Contact us if you would like to get involved.

 

Thank you to our sponsors

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust

Grappone Automotive Group

Liberty Utilities

Mason + Rich, Professional Association

Northeast Delta Dental

Orr & Reno, PA

Servpro of Concord

Service Credit Union

Cleveland, Waters and Bass, PA

NHTI-Concord's Community College

Concord Hospital 

 

Thank you to all who attended virtually

Thank you to all who attended our virtual  Citizen of the Year Award Celebration  on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, supported by Longtime Presenting Sponsor:  Merrimack County Savings Bank.

Merrimack County Savings Bank

The event kicked off with a virtual cocktail reception where over 150 online attendees mingled and enjoyed lively networking. The event took place on Remo, an innovative online platform that allows users to move between virtual tables, just like with an in-person event. After socializing with friends and colleagues, attendees were transported to a virtual presentation hall where they watched the highly-anticipated awards ceremony, livestreamed from the Bank of New Hampshire Stage in Concord.

The presentation began with a welcome from Mayor Jim Bouley, followed by an invocation provided by Jim Milliken. Nicki Clarke was thanked for her outstanding leadership as 2019-2020 Board Chair and during her remarks reflected upon the Chamber's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020-2021 Board Chair Leslie Walker noted the Chamber's accomplishments in 2021 and its priorities for the rest of the year before presenting awards to two distinguished individuals . Linda Lorden’s 2020 Citizen of the Year award presentation received high praise from those in the virtual audience and included commendations from many Greater Concord business and nonprofit leaders. The event also celebrated The Special Community Service Citation recipient, Deborah de Peyster. This rare recognition was enthusiastically applauded by online attendees who sent words of congratulations to both award recipients during the livestream. Read more about our March, 2021 event.

Special thanks to our major sponsors

View our digital event program.

Corporate Sponsors:  Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Eversource Energy Services, Grappone Automotive Group, Liberty Utilities, Mason + Rich, PA and Unitil,  Event Sponsors:  Bank of America, Northeast Delta Dental, Orr & Reno, PA, Sanel NAPA, Service Credit Union and Servpro of Concord,  In-Kind Sponsors:  Capitol Center for the Arts and Bank of New Hampshire Stage, ConcordTV, Your Community Channels and Speedy Printing & Copying.

Congratulations to Linda Lorden, 2020 Citizen of the Year

Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce 2020 Citizen of the Year, Linda Lorden

Each year, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce presents the annual  Citizen of the Year Award  to honor a member of our community who has shown exceptional leadership, performance in several areas of community service over many years, and for contributing to the general benefit of the community. The nominee does not have to be a member of the Greater Concord Chamber or the business community.

Other honorees

The March, 2021 celebration also included a presentation of The Special Community Service Citation to recipient Deborah DePeyster of Woman’s Club of Concord.  

 

PAST CITIZEN OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS INCLUDE:

2020: Linda Lorden
2019: Claudia Walker
2018: David Ruedig
2017: Bill Chapman
2016: Teresa Rosenberger
2015: Harold Janeway
2014: Michael Green
2013: George Segal
2012: C. Thomas Brown
2011: Mark Ciborowski
2010: Ron Wilbur
2009: Tom Raffio
2008: Bob Larsen
2007: Peggy Senter
2006: Rev. David P. Jones
2005: Forrest McKerley
2004: Helen & George Hamilton
2003: Robert & Beverly Grappone
2002: Jane Berwick
2001: Irene F. Deschenes
2000: William J. Veroneau
1999: Richard W. Patten
1998: James W. Milliken
1997: Robert A. Hill
1996: Maria Manus Painchaud
1995: Cedric Dustin
1994: John Swope
1993: Thomas R. Rutherford
1992: Martin Gross
1991: John T. Grappone
1990: Mary Susan Leahy
1989: James H. Hayes
1988: Mark E. Manus
1987: Richard F. Upton
1986: Charles F. Foley
1985: Russell F. Martin
1984: Thomas M. Hardiman
1983: Douglas N. Everett
1982: Atty. Dudley W. Orr
1981: Edna C. McKenna
1980: Edson F. Eastman
1979: Malcom A. Spoor
1978: Robert O. Wilson, DDS
1977: Earle M. Reingold
1976: Malcolm McLane
1975: Joan M. Whittaker
1975: Sandra P. Jones
1974: Alger S. Bourn
1973: C. Edwin Howard, Elizabeth J. Donovan
1972: J. Richard Jackman
1971: Frederick P. Berman
1970: Norma Gardner
1969: Dr. Horace S. Blood
1968: Col. Albert S. Baker
1967: Phyllis A. Bowie, Roland E. Allen
1966: Dr. & Mrs. Homer Lawrence