There will be a banquet honoring former mayor Ronnie Rogers at the Milford Senior Center on Wednesday, July 9. Tickets are available at the city offices or downtown at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford.
Ronnie Rogers served the Milford city government for 36 years, including 26 straight as mayor. When he stepped down on May 5, he had served more consecutive years in office than any mayor in state history.
After all that, the city isn’t about to let him go without honoring his work.
“Ronnie is the longest consecutive-serving mayor in Delaware history. He’s been part of Milford for over three decades. He has represented the city at every ceremony you can imagine…he was a great ambassador, I would say, for the city of Milford. He really has a lot of pride in the city of Milford, and I think we should honor that,” said council member John Workman.
The honors will come at a three-hour banquet and tribute for Rogers, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9 at the Milford Senior Center.
“Everybody is welcome, whether you’re a businessperson, or served with him, or are just a member of the community,” said Jo Schmeiser, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford, which is working with the city to set up the banquet. “We feel very strongly about supporting him, because he and his wife have supported the chamber as long as we can remember.”
Tickets will be on sale through July 3 at the Milford city offices and at the Chamber office. There are 300 seats.
“I hope we fill all of those seats,” Schmeiser said. “For anyone who has given 36 years of service to a city, town, or anything, it should be honored.”
The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a “social hour” and light refreshments. At 7 p.m., the guests will take their seats for a dinner of chicken cordon bleu, roast beef and mashed potatoes. Like much of the schedule, the final choice on the menu was Rogers’.
“I’ve been making sure that it runs the way he wants it to run – it’s all about him,” Workman said.
So far, there are presentations scheduled from State Sen. Gary Simpson and the chamber of commerce, a joint presentation from state representatives George Carey and Bob Walls, and letters from Governor Ruth Ann Minner and Lt. Governor John Carney. The Sussex County Association of Towns may also make an appearance,
The Milford city government will take a turn too, of course, but exactly who and what will be involved is still under wraps.
“That’s going to be a surprise,” Workman said.
Rogers will also give an address, although when that will happen still hasn’t been decided.
“I’m sure that Ronnie would like to speak himself,” Workman said. “It’s up to him whether he’ll talk before or after the presentations – it’s his banquet.”
Tickets to the dinner cost $30 each, and can be purchased by cash or check at the Milford city offices on Vickers Drive or the Greater Milford Chamber of Commerce office on Washington Street. Checks should be made out to the city of Milford. For more information, call the city at 422-6616.