On Friday night, January 27th, in front of a packed house of 100+ guests, Pete Riehm was honored as SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year 2016.
Everyone knew Pete Riehm. Everyone liked him and everybody, it seemed, had a story to tell, lauding his honor, his love of community and country, his willingness to help, his intellect and humor, his talent for organization and his "Energizer Bunny on steroids" capacity for hard work.
SouthWest Mobile County Chamber president Donna Abercrombie welcomed guests after which Rev. Brooks Alexander, Asst. Pastor at Government Street Baptist Church gave the invocation.
Attendees enjoyed an excellent meal catered by Naman's, then Theresa Orrell, Chair of the Citizen of the Year Committee, read the letter nominating Riehm as COY. Ruth Robinson and Richard Pennington of Mobile Memorial Gardens enumerated Riehm's many accomplishments, then several dignitaries honored him.
John Williams, City of Mobile Council member and Jerry Carl, Mobile County Commissioner, not only told of their personal association with and admiration for Riehm, but both declared January 27, 2017 "Pete Riehm Day." Sen. Bill Hightower and Rep. Margie Wilcox honored Riehm with resolutions entered into Alabama Congress records.
Among others who spoke highly of Pete Riehm were Capt. Hal Pierce, Naval League/Veterans Day Council; Walter Ballard, Korean War Veterans Council; Margaret Coley, Founder of "Project Give" and Honor Flight of South Alabama; Lou Lartigue, President, South Alabama Veterans Council; Dr. Barry Booth, Director, Honor Flight of South Alabama; Col. John New, Ed Murphy and Linda King.
In accepting the plaque commemorating his honor, Riehm thanked those who spoke, as well as many who didn't, particularly his wife, Debra, and his children Jessica, Justin and Jennie.
Pictured are a few of those who attended the banquet honoring Pete Riehm as SouthWest Mobile County Citizen of the Year 2016.