Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce presents annual awards

Marianne Gillespie
Receiving awards are, from left, Kevin Yates of the Chillicothe Park District, Community Organization of the Year; Darlene Kumpf, City Civic Award (given by the city of Chillicothe); Ben Alvarez, President’s Choice Award; Dianne Colwell, Member of the Year; and Marty Schlink of Heritage Manor, Business of the Year. Not pictured, but also honored, was Sarah Williamson as past president of the chamber.

Members of the community were honored March 18 at the 62nd annual banquet of the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce at Arrowhead Country Club. Pianist John Philips performed musical numbers for the attendees, and John Beesley gave a motivational speech.

Receiving the Organization of the Year was the Chillicothe Park District.

“Their aggressive attempts to improve Chillicothe and our parks has impressed us at the chamber, as well as the active participation in the chamber,” said chamber president Dr. Rob Crothers. “They are a major cog that helps make this community a great place to live.”

Ben Alvarez received the President’s Choice award.

“Ben has been an active part of the chamber board and somewhat of a sounding board for me as president,” said Crothers. “He has been an active participant on many committees and projects for the chamber and an excellent representative not only for us but for Pearce Community Center.”

Century 21 Lincoln National Realty’s Dianne Colwell received Chamber Member of the Year.

“Dianne has been active with many activities within the chamber and the community,” said Crothers. “She is rarely recognized for her efforts, she never quits, and always has her head held high. I could think of no one that shows their love of Chillicothe more.”

Heritage Manor received the Chamber Business of the Year.

“This business is amazing,” said Crothers. “They work on everything in team fashion.  They are a fun, busy and all-out group. Very few businesses come close to the effort this team puts into the community.”

Sarah Williamson received the Past President’s award.

“We often times forget the importance of recognizing the efforts and work of the people before us,” said Crothers. “Sarah put an unbelievable amount of effort and time into the chamber of commerce. She did so on her own good will, and did it like a champion. This is just a small way of saying thanks for all your work, Sarah.”