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Chamber to accept nominations for annual awards

Published 11:55am Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Citizen of the Year and two other awards are up for grabs as the Dadeville Area Chamber of Commerce opens the nomination period.

Nominators must be chamber members, but nominees can be anyone in the community.

Three awards are available: the Business of the Year Award, the Public Service Person of the Year Award and the Laeman Butcher Award/Citizen of the Year.

Karen White, chamber president, said the chamber has given these awards since the 1980s. She said past recipients have been surprised and honored to be acknowledged.

“They weren’t looking for recognition,” White said “They just do what they do because it needs to be done.”

White said Jerry Kelley won the Laeman Butcher Award last year for his work in the aftermath of the tornado.

“He ran around helping people get their power back on and restoring things rather than worrying about his own loss,” White said.

The public service person award is new this year, taking the place of the police officer and firefighter of the year awards.

“We decided to change that, because year after year you get limited when you just have these small groups,” White said. “We can delve into hospital care or postal workers … Anybody who serves in the public light who has done something special for the community.”

Potential nominees could also be from the library, city or county government, food pantry, social services and more.

The nomination period is open until Jan. 4. More information about nomination criteria and sample nomination letters may be obtained from the chamber and mailed or emailed.

A three-person committee of members of the chamber board of directors will select the winner in each category.

The opening of nominations was only one topic at the chamber’s final board meeting for the year.

The chamber also discussed plans for the upcoming year, including plans for continuing its newest community events, the Black and White Charity Ball and the Red, White and Blues BBQ, which is being rebranded The Dog Days of Summer.

“We’re showing positive signs,” said Michael Carter, who will be the new chamber president. “We just have to keep on keeping on.”

Directors on the board agreed that an important goal going forward is promoting even more communication among civic groups, including the school board, the city council and the county commission.

“This board has gotten better every year,” Larry Whitfield said.

The board’s next meeting will be Jan. 9.

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