Clement to receive Greater Durham Chamber 2013 civic award
Longtime Durham city councilman A.J. Howard Clement will be the recipient of Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce’s Civic Honor Award at the business group’s annual meeting this year, the chamber announced Monday.
The chamber has bestowed the Civic Honor Award since 1933 to people who were determined to have made extraordinary contributions to the community, according to a news release.
Clement came to Durham in the early 1960s to work for N.C. Mutual Life Insurance Co., the release states.
He was appointed to the Durham City Council in 1983. He has served continuously since then, including serving as mayor pro tempore from 1997 to 2001.
The chamber said in the release that Clement is a civil rights activist who has “devoted his life to helping people and helping to advance the Durham community.”
Casey Steinbacher, the chamber’s president and CEO, said in an email that the health issue that has caused Clement’s absence at some recent Durham City Council meetings was not a factor in the chamber’s decision.
“His body of work is incredible, and a lot of new people to Durham may not be aware of it,” Steinbacher said in an email. “The chamber thought it would be a great venue to bring many of our newer businesses and Durham residents in touch with (his) significance in Durham’s long-term success.”
Chamber officials will present the award at the 2013 annual meeting on Feb. 14. At the meeting, which has a theme of “The Next Big Thing,” chamber officials will also highlight successes under the leadership of the group’s 2012 chairman and board, and will announce initiatives for 2013.
The annual meeting will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center.
Tickets are $55 for chamber members and $70 for non-members. Tables with corporate signage are available. To register, go to the website www.durhamchamber.org and click on “Calendar of Events.”
For more information, please contact Sheena Johnson Cooper at 919-328-8722.