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Chamber ambassador award goes to Hardy

Published 12:17pm Friday, April 19, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the second of six articles highlighting those that received awards at the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.

About 25–30 ambassadors assist the chamber of commerce in all its efforts, and Susan Hardy was recognized as the Chamber Ambassador of the Year at the annual meeting April 5.

“I don’t feel like I should be the only one honored,” Hardy said. “I think all of the ladies get out there and make a big impact.”

This is the second year Hardy has claimed the title, which Kim Dunn, membership services director and event coordinator, said is based on a point system.

“They receive points for every event or activity they participate in throughout the year,” Dunn said. “Susan is at pretty much anything and everything we do.”

It’s a job Hardy said she enjoys.

“We try to go out and promote business and welcome new business in,” Hardy said. “For me it’s a two-fold benefit. We’re helping the city to bring in new business, and we’re welcoming people to the community and trying to make friends … and it also helps people recognize me and recognize the Salvation Army.”

Hardy has been an ambassador for several years. As an ambassador, she helps with everything from quarterly lunches to ribbon cuttings – even, this year, becoming Mrs. Claus for the downtown open house.

“I had a ball with that,” Hardy said with a laugh. “I thoroughly enjoyed that.”

Dunn said the chamber couldn’t do what it does without the help of ambassadors like Hardy.

“These are people that really are our right hand,” Dunn said. “We rely heavily on the ambassadors to help us do pretty much everything that we do throughout the year … We are certainly fortunate to have (Hardy) on our team.”

Hardy said it takes that team effort to help improve the community.

“We are doing our best to promote getting new people to come into Alexander City,” Hardy said. “With the economy like it is, we’ve got to help each other to keep Alex City going … It takes all of us to promote our city and our county.”