ANDOVER – The Andover Area Chamber of Commerce held its 34th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on February 15 at Crestview Country Club. The evening provided an opportunity for the Chamber to honor businesses and volunteers who work hard for the Chamber and for the Andover area community. The theme for the evening was DECADES and several people, including the Chamber staff dressed up for the occasion.
Ms. Sierra Scott was the keynote speaker for the evening. Ms. Scott is the reigning Ms. Woman United States and she spoke about the recent tragedy in Florida just the day before. The Emcee for the evening was Mr. Michael Schwanke of KWCH who was instrumental in keeping the evening on track.
President-CEO, Becky Wolfe told the attendees “The Chamber has seen great growth in 2017. We have added 45 new membership investors and have seen a tremendous increase in our website and social media traffic.”
Board Past Chair, Brandy Mitchell of Capitol Federal gave some highlight of 2017 accomplishments with the priorities being the hiring of a part time administrative assistant and starting a scholarship fund for high school students at Andover High and Andover Central going into business and/or entrepreneurship. Incoming Board Chair, Tricia Wilson of ICON Structures provided information about the plan for 2018 to include the Board and committees being more visible to the membership.
Awards were presented to:
Business of the Year – Scooters Coffeehouse of Andover
Nonprofit of the Year – Sunshine Children’s Home (SCARF)
Volunteer of the Year – Michele Carlini – St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
Chamber Committee of the Year – Economic Development
Young Professional of the Year – Matt Sims-Allstate
Chamber Ambassador of the Year – Jodi Ocadiz – Shelter Insurance
Other Awards were presented to two outgoing Board members who have given over 6 years to the Chamber during a period of transition and they are Mr. Travis Griffin of Butler Electric Cooperative and Mr. Dennis Mullins of Andover CPA’s. An award was also given to Ms. Lacy Gaskill of Paychex for getting the Ambassador Committee going in 2017 which took a lot of time and effort.
The evening set the stage for another productive year in 2018 with a new strategic plan, President-CEO attending Institute for Organizational Management, being present at Chamber of Commerce Executives of Kansas and committees taking an active role in the future of the organization.