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  • Each year the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce awards the C. Robert “Bob” Spedden Service Award to an individual that did the most to advance Economic Development in Dorchester County in the prior year(s).  The Award will be presented at the Annual Business Meeting and Dinner.

    Bob was a well-known and respected leader in the community.  He demonstrated a real passion for the revitalization of the County and Cambridge. He served for several years on the Board of Directors of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce and was the President in 1980-1981.  He also served on the Cambridge Yacht Club Board of Governors, First National Bank Advisory Board, Dorchester Board of Realtors as President, and Director for the Maryland Association of Realtors.  Bob founded the Committee of 100 that spawned revitalization efforts including the Dorchester County Visitors Center, the adjacent children's playground, Sailwind's Park, Governor's Hall, Richardson Maritime Museum, Choptank River Lighthouse, Downtown Harriett Tubman Museum, and the Dorchester Skipjack Committee - Nathan of Dorchester. He also served as the 1st President of Sailwinds Park Incorporated. His vision for economic development of Dorchester County also included the re-development of the former Eastern Shore State Hospital property into today's Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina.

    The objective of the award is to recognize those individuals that share a similar passion to Bob’s and are working to advance the economic well being of our community.

    To nominate someone, complete the nomination form and return it to Bill Christopher via email at Bill@Dorchesterchamber.org or you can deliver a written copy to the Chamber at 306 High Street or fax to 410-228-6848.

    Deadline for submission is November 15 each year.

    If you have any question regarding the Award or the process please contact Bill Christopher by email at Bill@Dorchesterchamber.org or by calling 410-228-3575.