Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary

Guest speaker Steve Taylor and Melinda Meyerhof at the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce's 100th anniversary celebration on Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Fireside Inn & Suites in West Lebanon. (Medora Hebert photograph) -
Guest speaker Steve Taylor and Melinda Meyerhof at the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce's 100th anniversary celebration on Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Fireside Inn & Suites in West Lebanon. (Medora Hebert photograph)
Architect Sloane Mayor and Bente Torjusen, executive director of AVA Gallery and Art Center, at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce's 100th anniversary celebration on Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Fireside Inn & Suites in West Lebanon. (Medora Hebert photograph) -
Architect Sloane Mayor and Bente Torjusen, executive director of AVA Gallery and Art Center, at the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce's 100th anniversary celebration on Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Fireside Inn & Suites in West Lebanon. (Medora Hebert photograph)
Arleen and Steve Rutledge, co-owners of Bridgman’s Fine Home Furnishings, dance to the music of Gerry Grimo’s 10-piece orchestra at the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce's 100th anniversary celebration on Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Fireside Inn & Suites in West Lebanon. (Medora Hebert photograph) -
Arleen and Steve Rutledge, co-owners of Bridgman’s Fine Home Furnishings, dance to the music of Gerry Grimo’s 10-piece orchestra at the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce's 100th anniversary celebration on Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Fireside Inn & Suites in West Lebanon. (Medora Hebert photograph)
Paul Boucher  president and CEO of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce, greets guests at the Chamber's 100th anniversary on Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Fireside Inn & Suites in West Lebanon. Boucher, 71, plans to step down in June after nearly 42 years of service to the Chamber. (Medora Hebert photograph) -
Paul Boucher president and CEO of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce, greets guests at the Chamber's 100th anniversary on Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Fireside Inn & Suites in West Lebanon. Boucher, 71, plans to step down in June after nearly 42 years of service to the Chamber. (Medora Hebert photograph)
Former Citizen of the year Lloyd Bennett and his wife, Virginia, at the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce's 100th anniversary celebration on Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Fireside Inn & Suites in West Lebanon. (Medora Hebert photograph) -
Former Citizen of the year Lloyd Bennett and his wife, Virginia, at the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce's 100th anniversary celebration on Friday, March 4, 2016, at the Fireside Inn & Suites in West Lebanon. (Medora Hebert photograph)

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 100th anniversary on Friday with a three-course dinner and live music at the Fireside Inn & Suites in West Lebanon. Founded in 1916, the Chamber now has 352 members representing about 30 percent of the area’s businesses. About 75 people attended the event, which also featured a talk by Steve Taylor about Lebanon in 1916 and the presentation of a commendation, from New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, honoring the Chamber on its centennial. The event also was an opportunity to acknowledge Paul Boucher, 71, as he prepares to step down in June after nearly 42 years of service to the Chamber, the past 16 as its president and CEO. At top, left to right: Guest speaker Taylor and Melinda Meyerhoff; former Lebanon Citizen of the Year Lloyd Bennett and his wife, Virginia; architect Sloane Mayor and Bente Torjusen, executive director of AVA Gallery and Art Center. Above: Arleen and Steve Rutledge, co-owners of Bridgman’s Fine Home Furnishings, dance to the music of Gerry Grimo’s 10-piece orchestra. Left: Boucher greets guests as they arrive at the event. — Staff report

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