Chamber awards member volunteers

EDINBURG – The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce made a few administrative tweaks and again recognized community contributors with awards at its fourth annual meeting on Tuesday.

President Clay Arthur gave and introduction to the meeting by summing up the year with an annual report that Executive Director Cheri Wright drew up. He emphasized that the chamber has held more than three events per month and introduced at one new initiative per quarter.

“We’re excited about the momentum and the direction we’re headed,” he said.

He announced that instead of giving away one award to a single business, the category would be split into a “Small Business of the Year” and “Large Business of the Year” to reflect the differences in member contributions.

He named the Lowe’s of Woodstock the “Large Business of the Year,” citing the many contributions the business has made to Family Promise of Shenandoah County in donating supplies and labor to remodel and set up the Family Day Center building in Woodstock. Store manager Tim McKeany accepted the award, telling those present to “think of us as a small store, just trying to meet your family.”

The “Small Business of the Year” award went to Natural Art Garden Center in Toms Brook, which was recognized for donating Christmas trees and poinsettias during the holiday season as well as supporting student studies and activities.

Gus Glikas, accepted the “Nonprofit Organization of the Year” as president of the Lions Club of Woodstock, which was recognized for their support for sight and hearing assistance at area schools as well as their assistance with other community organizations.

“The achievements, the things that we’ve done … all of the work behind the scenes, it’s just overwhelming, I’m just very proud of each and every one of them that made this possible,” he said before plugging the club’s annual cash party on April 2.

When naming Justin Pence as “Citizen of the Year,” former Chamber board member Wade Zirkle listed his volunteer efforts and involvement with boards of the Shenandoah County Farm Bureau, the Woodstock River Bandits and the Valley Foundation, as well as lending his cooking talents to area fundraising efforts.

“Anyone who knows this person can tell you that he has a true servant’s heart,” Zirkle said. “His volunteer work is always behind the scenes, with no expectation of recognition.”

To replace Treasurer David Moore, Holly Thorne and himself on the board, Arthur named three new members: Ingrid Thompson, who will serve as an at-large member; Kelly Singleton, who will represent the Southern Zone; and Kaitlin Pomereau, who will represent the Central Zone. All who were present approved the nominations, and Arthur introduced Mike Ashley as the new 2016 president elect.

Ashley introduced two slight changes to articles in the chamber’s by-laws, which also were approved by everyone in attendance.

Language in Article V changed to name “Three District Zones” instead of “Local Business Associations.” The county would be referred to with Northern, Central and Southern Zones in accordance with the county school zones. He said this system would catch more businesses that lie outside the towns. An addition to Article VII meant that board members would have to take three years off in between their two allotted three-year terms.

Wright said the initiative in 2015 was to attract and mentor new business owners in the region with events like the Entrepreneur Café and provide more education through opportunities like the free social media seminar coming up on Feb. 17.

“It’s about what you can do for your members,” she said after the meeting.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com

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