Of the Keizertimes

Keizer City Councilors were interested last week in learning about changes to the annual Keizer First Citizen Banquet.

Perhaps of even more interest: being asked about sponsoring the event in October this year.

Two women with connections to the council talked about the banquet. Darlene Taylor – councilor Jim Taylor’s wife – and the Keizer Chamber of Commerce’s Heather Weathers – daughter of councilor Marlene Quinn – are helping to put on the Jan. 25 event.

“We want to change it up a bit,” Darlene Taylor said of the event, which will once again feature First Citizen, Merchant of the Year, Service to Education Award and Presidents Award winners. “We want to keep the fun, but we really want to focus on the honorees. We won’t have music and dancing afterwards. It’s also not a chamber fundraising event. It’s just about the great citizens who are nominated and those who win.”

Weathers said the plan is to once again have the event at Keizer Civic Center.

“There will be no auction,” Weathers said. “It is strictly to honor people. We are asking for the city to sponsor the space.”

Councilor Dennis Koho was the first to express support for the changes.

“It’s a great idea,” Koho said. “I’ve been put off by the dancing shows. I’m tired of paying for that. I congratulate you for focusing on the winners.”

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