Fruitland Facts: The founders of the Fruitland Chamber of Commerce were Nalia Gordy (Gordy's Pantry and Petrol), Dave Morgan (Unfinished Furniture Warehouse), Henry Tilman (Bank of Fruitland), Rick Pollitt (City of Fruitland's Town Manager), and Bunk Mann(Mann Insurance Associates).
Fruitland Facts: The first Fruitland Chamber meeting was held on April 29,1992 at City Hall. Thirty people representing 26 local businesses were in attendance.
Fruitland Facts: The Fruitland Chamber raises money for the Fruitland Scholarship fund, which gives away at least two $500 scholarships each year.
Fruitland Facts: The first Christmas Lighting Ceremony was held on November 30, 1992. The first Christmas Parade was held on December 12, 1993.The Christmas Parade lasted 4 years and was eventually replaced by our popular and unique Easter Parade.
Fruitland Facts: The first "Business of the Year" Award was presented to Mann Insurance Associates in 1996.Since 1997, this business has been known as Mann and Gray Insurance.Mann and Gray was the recipient of the Business of the Year Award in 2008.
Fruitland Facts: The first "Citizen of the Year Award" was presented to Alfred H. Stewart in 1993. The first "Police Officer of the Year Award" was presented in 2005 to then-Chief Paul Jackson.
The Fruitland Chamber of Commerce College Scholarship is awarded annually to a high school senior from Fruitland that will attend any of the following: Wor-Wic Community College, Salisbury University, or UMES. The scholarship fund has been established with the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.
The Fruitland Chamber beautifies the City by providing seasonal flags along Main Street.
We recently replaced all of the lighted Christmas trees and candles that line Main Street. This was paid for all by donations, fund raisers, and NO tax payer money.
The Fruitland Chamber holds ribbon cutting ceremonies for new businesses in the City.
Community Recognition awards are presented each year at the Annual Banquet in November. The awards include Officer of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, and Unsung Hero Award. Nominations for the awards are accepted in September. The most recent recipients for 2016 are:
The Fruitland Chamber thanks this year's recipients for their selfless contributions to our great community!
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