By Tracy McGuire
On Monday, June 26, the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce and 50 guests gathered at fellow chamber member Kenny's Restaurant to celebrate Lewis County and its finest.
The evening was filled with delicious food; networking; an educational, entertaining speaker; and the Best of the Best awards ceremony. This annual banquet proved to be quite a treat for many.
The evening kicked off with a fantastic buffet dinner prepared by Kenny's.
After the meal, Bill Teegarden, Program Manager of Adult Education at Maysville Community and Technical College spoke on several new programs being implemented by the state to help better qualify employees for the job market. The free instructional programs can help businesses to see first hand the qualifications of the employee in turn creating a strong workforce for our area. The statistics of the companies that have implemented these programs are outstanding -- showing an increase in productivity, a decrease in turnover, and a decrease in waste of material. For more information on these programs please contact Lewis County Adult Education.
After dinner and a wonderful Keynote speaker, the evening progressed to the second annual Best of the Best Awards Ceremony. This prestigious awards program was developed in 2005 to honor Lewis County businesses and/or individuals for their dedication to the growth of the area. Seven of the awards were voted on by citizens of Lewis County and one (the Meriwether Lewis Award) was selected by the Lewis County Chamber Board of Directors.
And the winners are:
Spirit Award for Business Beautification: Kenny's Restaurant.
Manufacturer/Industry of the Year: Hollinee.
New Business of the Year: Mama Joe's Pizza.
Educator of the Year: Jacqui Cordle.
Agribusiness of the Year: Rips Farm Center.
Community Organization of the Year: Lewis County Adult Education.
Business of the Year: Lewis County Foodland.
Meriwether Lewis Award: Patty Kennard.
The evening closed with an open floor discussion, which allowed members and guest to speak out about their ideas for Lewis County and/or the Chamber. Comments that were made were motivational and encouraging.
One member stated that our city, our county, and our people need to work as a team to introduce Lewis County to the rest of the world -- bring them to visit and they just might stay! Many talked about the resources Lewis County has to offer and making sure they were used to their maximum capacity. Steve Arnold, Vice Chairman of the Chamber, commented on the chamber needing more hands of involvement in order for the organization to move forward. This inspired discussion of the Chamber of Commerce possibly teaming up to share space in the newly remodeled Commercial Hotel, so that it would serve as both a headquarter for the Chamber and the Visitors Center. All the ideas offered will be further discussed at the next meeting for the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce on July 27 at 5:15 p.m. at Lewis County Primary Care Center's Conference Room.
The Chamber of Commerce would like to extend thanks to all of its members and guest who attended the banquet, as well as, Kenny’s Restaurant for such wonderful food, and Lewis County Trophy for producing beautiful awards for the Best of the Best ceremony. If anyone would like more information on the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce please contact Tracy McGuire at 606-796-6010 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce is always accepting new members (both business and individual).