The polls are closed and the votes are in.
By COLE BENZ | Record Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year the Hettigner Area Chamber of Commerce accepts nominations and publishes voting ballots to recognize community members in a wide range of categories. The results are announced at the Hettinger Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.
This year, the chamber hosted the gathering—which included a catered meal from Kennedy’s Fresh Foods—at the Hettinger Country Club on Wednesday, March 2.
The gathering also included a business portion, which was run by President Aaron Roseland.
The sponsors and volunteers throughout the year were thanks and reports of annual events were given to the crowd. The 2016 proposed budget was also presented and subsequently approved.
One bylaw revision was recommended by the board to change the wording for the quorum during board meetings from 5 members to 51 percent of board members. The change was approved by the members.
New board members elected were Kortney Kindsfater and Katy Kindsfater and Corie Lien. Rob Warbis and Ted Uecker will continue as members of the board.
Aaron Roseland will be replaced as President by Aaron Koenig, Roseland will stay on as a board member.
A new Vice President will be chosen by the board during the April meeting.
A new student representative will be selected to sit on the board and that prospective member will be a junior at Hiettinger High School. That term will be one year.
A retreat was scheduled for the Chamber Board on March 13. A major topic of discussion during the retreat will be better use of funds currently in savings.
The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the Hettinger Area Chamber of Commerce awards. The awards highlighted work done by the winners during the 2015 calendar year. Winners were recognized with certificates.
The winners were as follows:
Business Person of the Year: Mike Marion; Volunteers of the Year: Howard Nelson, John Campbell, Sandi Nelson, and Ada Jean Cornella; Medical Services Providers of the Year: Dorinda “Toots” Bjerklie and James K. Long ; Educator of the Year: Paul Jamison; Pioneer Business: Charm Salon Holly Wyman and Arlinda Seamands; Youth Employee of the Year: HaLea Mehrer; Partner in Community Pride: Southwest Grain-Hettinger; and Ag-Producer of the Year: Rod LeFebre.
Jill Anderson, who served on the board from 2013 through 2015, was also recognized for her service, which included being the Christmas Promotion Chairperson for several years.
The next quarterly general membership meeting will be held, in May in conjunction with the monthly Board Meeting.