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Dayton Chamber Banquet

Here’s more on the Dayton Chamber of Commerce’s 16th annual Chamber banquet that honored local people and businesses for their contributions to the community. At Friday night's ceremonies, a new honor was added in the form of a “Hall of Fame”. That new award recognizes those who have truly affected the community throughout their lifetime. Alan D. Conner presented the newly created Hall of Fame award to 5 individuals. The first recipient of the Hall of Fame award during the Dayton Chamber Banquet was the late Gene Touchstone. Family members Lamar Touchstone, Reed Touchstone and Stephen Touchstone accepted the award on behalf of the Gene Touchstone. The second inductee was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and transferred to Dayton High School during his sophomore year. He married Patsy Clark in 1950, and they reared two sons. That award went to Boyd Arnold. As we reported, Mr. Arnold suffered a stroke Friday night prior to the presentation ceremony and passed away Saturday morning. The third inductee to the newly created Dayton Chamber Hall of fame was none other than former State Representative John Otto. Next to receive the honor was Bob Edwards, who came to Dayton as an athletic coach. The Dayton Chamber’s fifth and final Hall of Fame inductee of the night was the late John Simmons. Accepting the award on John Simmons’ behalf was his widow, Susan Simmons, who is also extremely active in the community. Again this year’s Dayton Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame inductees are Gene Touchstone, Boyd Arnold, John Otto, Bob Edwards and John Simmons. The Dayton Chamber plans to continue its new Hall of Fame honor at next year’s banquet. 

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