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Chamber breakfast relives busy year
by Jacob Lane · December 18, 2013

The West Liberty Chamber of Commerce held its annual Chamber Breakfast on Dec. 4, taking the opportunity to hand out awards and relive a long and busy year.

"The Chamber has been extremely active this year," said outgoing President Tara Lindsay. "Everyone stepped up this year, with everything we usually do, plus all of the extra activities because of the 175th celebration."

The program opened up with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m., after everyone had finished eating and socializing awards were handed out.

This year the Betterment Award went to Slightly Vintage, while the Volunteer of the Year award was handed out to both Priscilla Haessig and the 175th Committee led by Ken Donnelly.

"It seemed like every week there was an activity going on, and it was due to Ken's vision and hard work," said Lindsay.

Donnelly took a moment to recap a few of the 175th year's key events, and thank everyone involved for their hard work, while managing to squeeze in a few jokes.

The Chamber Member of the Year Award was given to West Liberty Foods, because of its successful initiative to become landfill free.

"It was a challenge, but we did it as a team," said Environmental Compliance Officer Michele Boney, "We really appreciate this award and are willing to help any other company become landfill free."

Lindsay also spent time reviewing all of the projects the Chamber has been involved in over the year, including picnic in the park, the the holiday open house, the golf outing, the 175th program, the citywide cleanup and many more.

"I am completely impressed with the volunteerism and betterment done in the community," she said. "It's not all one organization's responsibility, it's an effort by all West Liberty groups."

To finish the program, Lindsay handed the gavel and responsibility of presidency over to Jason Cassady. Lindsay has spent around 8-9 years with the Chamber up until this point, two of the years she served as its president. Cassady thanked her for her work and made a quick speech.

"I have many things I'd like to do in the upcoming year," Cassady said. "And I'm grateful for the opportunity to do them."

The 2014 board members for the Chamber will include Director Letha Ottaway, Steve Hanson, Ethan Anderson, Shannon McNaul, Anne Hocke, Julie Degen, Josh Gingrich, Priscilla Haessig and Jodi Simon.

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