Ed and Marge Shikoski, pictured with Larry Whitfield and Michael Carter, were named Business People of the Year at the Dadeville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet. | Alison James

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Uncle Nick’s owner named citizen of year

Published 11:47am Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Dadeville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet drew dozens from the community to find out who won three awards presented each year by the chamber.

The banquet, held at Uncle Nick’s Smokehouse, was a time to honor the Citizen of the Year, the Business Person of the Year and the Public Service Person of the Year.

Citizen of the Year, presented by Laeman Butcher, was Nick Davis, owner of Uncle Nick’s.

“I don’t believe the chamber has had an event where Nick wasn’t involved in some way,” Butcher said.

Butcher praised the heart and spirit Davis brings to the community.

Business Person of the Year, presented by Larry Whitfield, was actually awarded to two Dadeville residents – Ed and Marge Shikoski, owners of The Rodeo Club and the Lake Martin Event Center.

“We’re very surprised by this,” Ed said. “We work hard every day to give a good impression … I’ll cherish this forever.”

Whitfield praised the Shikoskis’ contribution to the community after the April 2011 tornados.

“Marge and Ed turned their business, the Rodeo Club, into a center for supplying food, drink and comfort for those devastated by the storm,” Whitfield said.

Whitfield also pointed out their addition of the Lake Martin Event Center, which has contributed to the ability to hold large community events in Dadeville.

“We are proud of the innovative spirit Marge and Ed have brought to the community,” Whitfield said.

The Public Service Person of the Year Award went to Tanya Allen of Lake Martin Home Health.

“She goes above and beyond her job,” said Angel Freeman. “We love her, and we feel so privileged to have her.”

Additional awards were presented to Karen White and Carol Sellers for their service with the chamber.

The chamber also took the opportunity to formally install officers and the board of directors for the new year.

“It was a pleasure being your president this year,” said White, who will take over as adviser for the year. “I had the best set of directors, and Michael’s got an even better crew, so watch for good things to happen out of the chamber this year.”

Michael Carter will take over as president.

“I think our chamber has become one that has to be reckoned with,” Carter said. “I’ll work hard to make all of you proud for next year.”