In addition to casino games, socializing and bidding on auction items, those in attendance at the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce’s annual event Monday evening at the Civic Center helped recognize outstanding members of the community.
“Thank you for coming out,” said El Dorado Chamber of Commerce Director Shirley Patton. “This is a fun event.”
Patton thanked the event’s sponsors, introduced the Board of Directors and thanked volunteers for their dedication and hours of service.
After Patton’s welcome, several awards were presented.
Nominees for Committee of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Business of the Year, Community Service Project of the Year and the Ministerial Alliance’s volunteers of the year were recognized.
Nominated committees were BEAT, Strategic Planning and Ambassador. The Ambassador Committee won the award.
Those nominated for Volunteer of the Year were Jackie Vietti, Sue Givens, Carol McHenry, Jayme Grange and Deb Ward. Ward won the award.
Nominees for Business of the Year were BG Products, Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital, Sweet 120, El Dorado TrueCare Pharmacy and Butler Community College. Butler Community College won the award.
Nominees for Community Service Project of the Year were Community Pride, the Galen Blackmore track at the BG Products Veterans Sports Complex and Mission El Dorado. Community Pride won the award.
The El Dorado Ministerial Alliance also presented an award for Volunteers of the Year to Joe and Jo Philipi.
“It’s been a great year being president,” said outgoing Chamber president Patty Hanson. “I really appreciate the opportunity to do that.”
Hanson mentioned three goals the Chamber had for 2012: be profitable, increase membership by 10 and work on identity and branding.
All three goals were met, as the Chamber saw a $9,500 profit, 37 new members and the creation of a new logo, Bridging the Community, which was unveiled during her presentation.
Bill Kloeblen, who will be the Chamber’s 2013 president, thinks 2013 will be just as good or better than 2012.
“I’m looking forward to a successful year,” he said. “This is a great time to be in El Dorado. It’s a great time to be a business in El Dorado.”