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Chamber Awards to leaders in Community

Monument Inn was the scene of the Annual Crosby/Huffman Installation Banquet and Awards Ceremony, held last Friday night, Feb. 20.

The emcee for the evening was Chamber president Ryan Konarik, who kept the evening moving with banter and awards. The spirit of the event was cheerful and upbeat in spite of the economy, perhaps typified by three caricature artists, who cartooned the likeness of chamber members and guests, to their delight. These three artists were sponsored by Mike Godsey, Godsey Insurance Agency.

New and returning board members were sworn in by Judge Tony Polumbo, with the help of Denise Smith from Judge Parrott’s office.

Board members include Mike Amador, Susan Armstrong, Steve Coon, Don Cox, Traci Dillard, Velma Ellison, Julie Gilbert, Juli Hain, Kim Harris, Mike Joseph, Dr. Doug Killian, Dr. Ryan Konarik, Pastor Larry Koslovsky, Ginessa Schaper, Keenan Smith, Venita Smith, John Sparks, Bob Ward, and Lisa Wright.

In his message regarding the state of the Chamber, president Konarik mentioned the struggles and strengths of the organization, and how working together can help you market your business. He emphasized that participation, more than monetary contributions, is the key to using the Chamber successfully.

Konarik welcomed new staff members of the Chamber. He also thanked Don Cox, Jan Cox, Julie Gilbert and Venita Smith for their help in preparing the banquet arrangements.

Chamber awards were presented to these six special people in our Community: Citizen of the Year, Benny Beck; Employee of the Year, Kim Harris; President’s Award, Wendy Bailey; Amador Legacy Award, Venita Smith; Non-Profit of the Year, Crosby Care – Lori Smith (and Keenan Smith); Business of the Year, Alliance Properties – Velma Ellison. Not pictured, Volunteer of the Year, Traci Dillard. Each award was given by a special presenter related to the award, see story.

A silent auction was also held as part of the evening’s events, with a good deal of money raised for the benefit of the chamber. A humorous turn came when one item, a buffalo painting that was not bid on, became an instant live auction item, with great success. In turn, Steve Coon auctioned off live a team for the chamber golf tournament donated by Velma Ellison.