By David Hotle, The JOURNAL
With the annual Washington Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Washington, and Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG) banquet coming up next month, the groups are beginning to ask their sponsoring organizations for candidates for the 2017 awards that are given each year.
Chamber Director Michelle Redlinger said tickets are now being offered for the banquet, which are available at the Chamber, Main Street, WEDG building. The banquet will be March 19 at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort and will include social hour, dinner and presentations from all three organizations.
?It?s going to be the same great event we have had in the past,? Redlinger said. ?Our speaker is Scott Siepker. He has been an Iowa inspirational speaker. He is an Iowa actor who is the co-host of Iowa Public TVs Iowa Outdoor. He is going to be talking about ?made in Iowa? and he will discuss the products that come from Iowa. I think it will be really motivational.?
Redlinger also said there would be raffle prizes. Chamber organizations are also asked for slideshow submissions as well as business accomplishments for 2017.
With the recipients of the awards yet to be determined, Redlinger said the Chamber is asking for nominations. Each year the Chamber gives awards for business of the year, volunteer of the year, and citizen of the year.
The criteria for business of the year includes businesses that display leadership, cooperation and teamwork; are active members of the Chamber of Commerce and support the growth, spirit and improvement of Washington; and have contrinuted to economic growth.
Criteria for citizen of the year include: someone who displays leadership, initiative, creativity, and dedication toward the betterment of the community; is an inspiration and cheerleader for others to better the quality of life in Washington; and had created a desired outcome which has had a positive impact on Washington.
Volunteer of the year will be selected based on the nominee?s going above and beyond in their volunteerism. The successful candidate will display leadership qualities in one of the chamber?s programs and is recognized by the community as soneone who represents the chamber in a positive way.
Main Street also honors a volunteer of the year and a business success story of the year. Each year WEDG presents the Harvey Holden Special Service Award.
Last year about 300 people attended the event. For more information contact the Washington Chamber of Commerce office at 653-3272.