The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual Dinner Saturday at the Cass County Community Center, sponsored by Deter Motor Company. Dinner was catered by the Atlantic Hy-Vee and was open to the entire community. The Chamber discussed accomplishments of not only the Chamber, but the community in 2015 as well as goals for the new year. Successful businesses, organizations and individual leaders in the community were honored for their commitment and support of the Atlantic Area.
The Athena Award, sponsored by Deter Motor Company, was presented to Kathie Hockenberry, with Hockenberry Family Care Funeral Homes. The award recognizes an exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in her/his business profession, has served the community in a meaningful way, and has assisted women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills.
Business of the Year was awarded to Renew Ag Supply, for their dedication to consumers and their support of the Atlantic Area. The Distinguished Service Award was given to Geis Perry Jewelry, for over 40 years of commitment, generosity and support of local businesses and events. The Community Betterment Award was given to the Atlantic Rotary Club, for their value and dedication to the community each and every day.Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Dan Mehmen for faithfully attending visits throughout the year, showing support for area businesses and fellow Ambassadors. The Star Ambassadors of the Year are Dolly Bergmann, Sue Muri, Russ Joyce and Pat McCurdy. Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Dr. Keith Leonard, for his willingness to help at any event with a smile on his face and a helpful, giving attitude. Finally, Educator of the Year was awarded to Michelle Huber, for her commitment to making sure every child succeeds.
Along with awards, the 2016 campaign “Explore, Discover, Share” was also introduced. The “Explore, Discover, Share” campaign will encourage residents and visitors to explore local businesses and attractions to discover something new. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness for all the great businesses, interesting history and exciting experiences available in Atlantic and Cass County.
Community members and visitors that share their photos and experiences will be part of the Explorer Challenge contest and will be eligible to win prizes throughout the campaign. People will submit their photos and experiences of designated places on www.atlanticiowa.com to be shared on social media.“Explore, Discover, Share” will kick off this spring. More information regarding the campaign, attractions, businesses participating and prizes awarded will be released as the kick-off date gets closer.