The Clinton County Chamber of Commerce held its State of the Chamber 2021 “Soaring Above” luncheon Thursday afternoon at the Silver Coin Event Center just north of Frankfort on State Road 39.
The Chamber recognized individuals, businesses and organizations that have gone above and beyond in 2020 especially with most of the year being held in the midst of a first ever global pandemic.
“We’re so grateful to have this event every year,” said Clinton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shan Sheridan. “It is the feel good event of the year. We get to recognize people, encourage people and let the community know just how wonderful our community is.”
Sheridan said this event was originally scheduled for January of this year. However, the pandemic pushed it back to now.
The Chamber handed out several different awards. Individual and business winners were as follows: Frito Lay HR Department (Human Resource of the Year), Laura Mullin of Ruoff Home Mortgage (New Member of the Year), Bethany Perlee (Volunteer of the Year), The Clinton County Boys and Girls Club (Not for Profit of the Year), Kyle Parvin (Distinction in Teaching for the Community Schools of Frankfort), Traci Stine (Distinction in Teaching for Clinton Prairie), Jason Newhouser (Distinction in Teaching for Rossville), George Gilbert (Distinction in Teaching for Clinton Central), Ryan Schaefer (Distinction in Teaching for The Crossing), Elizabeth Waggoner (Distinction in Teaching for Frankfort Christian Academy), Joelle Orem (Iron Block Member of the Year), Lawn Tamer LLC (Agribusiness of the Year), Dan Frey (Clinton County Chamber of Commerce Board Member of the Year), Richey Athletics (Small Business of the Year), Frankfort Nutrition (Small Business of the Year) and Cintas (Large Business of the Year).
The Frankfort Times also handed out their Citizen of the Year award which went to the Frankfort Health Department.
“The Citizens of the Year could not have been a better choice,” said Sheridan. “The Health Department has done an incredible job, incredible work that’s going in this pandemic.”
Frankfort Mayor Judy Sheets said this was a wonderful event.
“I think this is a great event,” said Sheets. “I’m so pleased that we were able to do it this year. Last year, we weren’t able to. The Chamber is such an important part of the community and I love that they honor the small businesses, large businesses. We have the Citizen of the Year. I think it’s something that’s very important to our community.”
Interested individuals who want to watch this event will be able to do so on Hoosierland TV.com.