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Madison mayor to speak at Hazlehurst Chamber banquet

Mary Hawkins Butler, Mayor of Madison

Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler will be the guest speaker at the annual Hazlehurst Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday, January 24, at Rolling Hills Country Club.

She is currently serving her seventh consecutive four-year term as Mayor of the City of Madison, which was recently designated as one of the “10 Best Towns for Families” by Family Circle Magazine.

Butler was named Member First Class of The Royal Order of the Polar Star by the King of Sweden in 2004, an Outstanding Southerner by Southern Living Magazine. She was also featured in the national magazine American Profile as a “Hometown Hero,” and received the Good Housekeeping Award for Women in Government 2002.

Butler served as alderman for the City of Madison, prior to serving as Mayor. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Belhaven College and is a member of Belhaven College Board of Trustees.

Butler is a member of Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Mississippi Municipal League and Past President 1992-1993, first female elected to the position. She is also a board member of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association and Past President.

Recognized in 1998 by Sister Cities International as having the “Best First Year Program Worldwide” for cities less than 100,000, Madison’s Sister City is Solleftea, Sweden.

Recipient of American Society of Landscape Architects Mississippi Chapter’s inaugural leadership award for a community leader who has championed outstanding examples of quality of life through design, Butler is also a charter member of the Simmons Arboretum, City of Madison Chamber of Commerce, and Madison Lions Club. Butler has received many other honors and served the public in many other capacities during her career.

Due to space restriction seating will be limited. Therefore, the Chamber board of directors would like Chamber members to have the chance to buy tickets before they are offered to the general public. Tickets are $20 each. The evening will include a wine and cheese reception, live entertainment, a few awards, a buffet dinner, and Mayor Butler’s comments.

You can get tickets by calling the Chamber office, 601-894-3752, or from any of the board members. After January 16 any remaining tickets will be offered to the general public.

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