The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Business

October 3, 2008

Doran named 'Citizen of the Year'

Businesses, individuals honored by Chamber at annual banquet

PALESTINE — Anderson County Court-at-Law Judge Jeff Doran thought he was being asked to attend Thursday night’s annual Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet at Meadowbrook Country Club to offer a prayer.

Instead, Doran became the night’s honoree, being named the 2008 Chamber Citizen of the Year.

“They told me I was going to say a prayer when I came here tonight,” Doran said in accepting the award. “Instead, I’m praying for something to say. Wow. And to get this from the man I consider to be the best man I know, Rev. Duncan, just makes it doubly good.”

Rev. Roy Duncan, pastor of The Antioch Church and 2007 Citizen of the Year, introduced Doran to the crowd of approximately 250 seated outdoors under a pair of dining tents at the country club.

“Every year, the Chamber and the City of Palestine honors one of its many, many deserving citizens as Citizen of the Year,” Duncan said. “As hard as the job has been in picking this year’s Citizen of the Year, I do believe that the one who has been chosen is the one who is genuinely worthy.”

Some of Doran’s accomplishments listed by Duncan included earning his Eagle Scout award; Palestine Municipal Judge; Anderson County Court-at-Law Judge since 2003; president of the Anderson County Bar Association; chairman of the District 2-C grievance committee; state bar special counsel; over 28 years on the child welfare board; member of the United Way, Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce, community relations council, Special Olympics board and 17 years on the East Texas Area Council executive board and advisory council; chairman of the Anderson County juvenile board and bail bond board; and as legal counsel for FEMA and local tornado relief.

He also has been involved with helping set up civic groups such as Rotary Club and Interact for students at local high schools, as well as helping with teen councils and courts, and coaching youth soccer and serving on the East Palestine Community Development board of directors.

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