Last Thursday evening the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Sedalia Chamber Awards Banquet at the Sedalia Country Club. The banquet is held to honor those who have contributed to or have been strong supporters of the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce.
Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Angie Thompson, who came on board as director in September of 2013, was happy with the turnout for the banquet.
“I think it was great. We had close to 90 people. I think we had a fun time and it was successful,” Thompson said.
The first honor for the evening was the Special Project of the Year award. The award went to the Neighborhood Clean-up Project. Mary Merritt and fellow committee members came forward to accept the award. The project was first recommended to the Sedalia City Council by the Citizens for a Clean Sedalia Committee. Four clean-up drives were successfully completed with a majority of volunteers coming from the 509th Security Force Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base.
The second award for the evening went to the Piccadilly Gala Committee for Committee of the Year. Members of the Piccadilly Gala Committee came forward to accept the award.
The Sedalia Progress Award went to the Pettis County Ambulance District. The award was presented for extraordinary efforts in providing ambulance coverage in the Pettis County area. The Pettis County Ambulance District employs 28 full-time and eight part-time employees. They are currently in the planning stages of adding district satellite stations in Pettis County. Mike Gardner was asked to come forward and accept the award.
The next group of awards presented was the Lifetime Membership Awards. They are given to deserving members who have officially retired from work and they are given to individuals who have contributed to the Sedalia Chamber. This year John Rucker, Laura Taylor and Dr. Harriet Wolfe were honored with the Lifetime Membership Award.
The next award went to Myrna Ragar with Art & Graphic Innovations. Ragar was presented with the Horizon Award. It is given to the volunteer who recruited the most new members during the year.
The Ambassador of the Year Award went to JoAnn Lane with the Missouri Career Center. The award is presented to the ambassador that participates in most activities.
The Spirit Award is selected by the Military Affairs Committee to recognize military personnel who have gone above and beyond in building relations between the City of Sedalia and Whiteman Air Force Base. The award was presented to two individuals, Sedalia Mayor Elaine Horn and Lt. Col. Neiman. Neiman is the 509th Security Squadron Commander. He was unable to attend. Captain Sullivan accepted the award on his behalf.
The Volunteer of the Year Award went to Gary Farr with Patricia’s Mexican Restaurant. The Volunteer of the Year Award is presented for individual contribution of time and effort in accomplishing chamber objectives.
The Hospitality Award was next and it was presented to Tom Aderman with Best Western. The award is given for outstanding commitment by an individual with a positive impact of hospitality on Sedalia/Pettis County industry.
Mary Merritt was presented with the Outstanding Citizen Award. The award winner is selected by the executive committee for contributions to the community, environment, or human services through volunteer efforts.
The New Member of the Year Award was presented to Kevin and Kristy Long with Wildlife Ridge Winery. The award goes to a new member of the chamber for loyalty, outstanding performance, commitment and dedication to the Sedalia chamber.
The final award of the evening was presented to Debra Andresen. Debra received the President’s Award for her service and work at the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce. Andresen has performed above and beyond in her duties with the Chamber. The award was a surprise for Andresen.
“It was a big surprise for her. It was hard to keep a secret. I think she was really happy she got it,” Thompson said. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia Weekly Observer.