As 2017 is coming to a close, we are looking forward to our AnnualChamber Banquet and Membership Meeting on January 25th at The Sheid.Historically the Chamber Banquet has been held in October, this year thedecision was made to move it to January, so that we can give a review of 2017. Tickets will go on sale January 2nd. We will be having a silent auction and will honor those who are an inspiration to the community and a credit to their profession with our annual awards. Chamber members are invited to nominate candidates for the categories listed below. The Chamber's Board of Directors will vote during the January board meeting. The candidates and the winning recipient will be announced at the banquet. Members can send all nominations to Angela Broome at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Chamber office at (870)425-5111. The last day to nominate will be on Monday, January 8th.
Award Categories are:
OUTSTANDING BUSINESS OR INDUSTRY
The Outstanding Business Award recognizes a local for-profit entity. This award recognizes businesses that bring recognition to theTwin Lakes Area because of the commitment made to our citizens. The business ofthe year is a role model for other businesses and conducts its business in afair and ethical manner.
The Outstanding Organization Award recognizes a local not-for-profitorganization. The recipient is selected for its commitment to serve those in the area. The organization excels in putting service above self by serving others in ourcommunities. This outstanding organization provides benefits that are an invaluable asset and serve as a model for other organizations.
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR (INCLUDES WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, ETC.)
The Educator of the Year Award recognizes a local individual. This person is dedicated but is also proactive in assuring that the educational needs of his/her students are met.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (UP TO 40 YEARS OLD)
The recipient of this award has demonstrated success as measured bysales and profit; increased employment opportunities; developed and/or utilized innovative orcreative business method; innovativeness of product or service and contributes to community-oriented projects.
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
The Medical Professional of the year honors a unique,respected individual who has given unselfishly of his/ her self to promote the best possible healthcare to persons of the Twin Lakes area.
The Spirit Award recognizes an individual or entity that acts as anAmbassador to the Twin Lakes Area, continuously promoting our community of "Three Rivers, Two Lakes,One Beautiful Life". The recipient of this award captivates individuals, families, businesses and/or industry with the thrill of living/working in the Twin Lakes Area.
JIM GASTON FRIEND OF TOURISM AWARD
The recipient of this award promotes the Twin Lakes Area at eachoccasion and invests themselves in the area to make it a better place not only for visitors but for all of us. The Friend of Tourism not only participates in this industry, but his or her true goal is to share the natural beauty of our area, while teaching others to enjoy it and to treat it with respect.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award is designed to honor an individual performing outstanding community service, largely without recognition.The recipient may volunteer in the public and/or private sector with longevity of service playing a role in the selection.
The Chamber of Commerce will be closed from December 22nd to January 2nd. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe happy New Year!
Please see our Calendar of Events at enjoymountainhome.com for a fulllist of events from our members.