Darrell Drummond doesn’t like being in the spotlight. But on Jan. 23, he will be for a few hours. The Lodi District Chamber of Commerce will honor Drummond as the William T. Harkins Outstanding Citizen of the Year at its annual dinner at Wine & Roses that evening.
Drummond, 54, is owner of Drummond & Associates, a financial planning company he started in 1989.
Pat Patrick, the chamber’s president and CEO, said Drummond was chosen by a committee consisting of former Citizens of the Year and members of the chamber’s board of directors.
“Darrell has a long history of supporting the community, charitable organizations, as well as the diversity of those organizations,” Patrick said.
Drummond said he was surprised when the chamber and its nominating committee gave him the news he was being honored.
“I guess I was humbled as well,” he said. “I like being in the background, not really in the spotlight. But I really believe I should be giving back to the community. People I grew up with gave back to the community, and I was taught to do it as well.”
A former board member of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation and former board president of United Cerebral Palsy of San Joaquin County, he helped establish the Lodi Community Foundation in 2005. The foundation is a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting philanthropy throughout the community.
In addition, Drummond serves as a steering committee member for the Community Philanthropy Summit, which collaborates with the Lodi Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of San Joaquin.
The Summit, held at Hutchins Street Square in November for the past three years, invites some 300 community members from attorneys to nonprofit representatives and bank executives to come together and promote a long-term interest in giving back to the community.
Drummond is also a member of Tree Lodi, San Joaquin Angel Investors and Forest Landowners of California, and helped develop the Sunshine Trail at Micke Grove Regional Park.
In addition, he conducts young investors seminars for Students Organized for Success, an organization that helps students prepare for college.
“He’s one of those people who contributes a tremendous amount to Lodi, but he’s not in the spotlight a lot,” Patrick said. “He’s one who travels under the radar, but is dedicated to serving for the betterment of the community.”
A native of Sedro-Woolley, Wash., Drummond was a member of the Boy Scouts, which influenced his commitment to giving back to the communities he has lived.
“It’s the way I was raised,” he said. “I would urge everyone in the community to give back and support many of the charitable organizations we have here.”
Drummond will not be the only honoree for the evening on Jan. 23. Paul Anderson will be recognized as the Deanna Enright Volunteer of the Year, Bruce Fry will be honored as the Agribusiness Person of the Year, and Tim and Sheri Aguilar will be recognized as the Ray A. Hirning Street Faire Volunteers of the Year.
Sanborn Chevrolet will also be honored during the evening as Business Person of the Year, and General Mills will be given the Bob Wheeler Business Heritage Award.
The evening also includes special recognition of the Leadership Lodi Class of 2013.
Leadership Lodi is a 10-month program that helps those who participate understand the Lodi community. In addition, students are able to meet and exchange ideas with current community leaders. Participants also discuss, explore and learn about topics such as leadership dynamics, government, education, law, agribusiness, economic development, health and the arts.
This will be the 91st year the chamber hosts the annual dinner, according to Patrick. The Citizen of the Year award has been given since the 1950s, he said.
Tickets are $80 and can be purchased at www.lodichamber.com or by calling 209-367-7840, ext. 100.
Purchased tickets may be picked up at the chamber offices located at 35 S. School St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday or from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
Patrick said tickets typically sell out, so order as early as possible. More than 300 guests attend the dinner each year.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner begins at 6 p.m.
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