Congrats to our 2010 Chamber/Economic Development Annual Awards Banquet winners – you were all extremely deserving. Saturday night was a ton of fun and I’m energized to tackle 2011. Photos are coming soon!
Update: we’ve posted a video below, courtesy of our friends at the Ord Quiz. Thanks Lacey!
(Ord, NE) – Valley County Economic Development and the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated their annual banquet Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Veteran’s Club in Ord. The evening began with a social hour at 6:00 pm. Dinner began at 7:00 pm followed by funny storytelling entertainment by Craig Larson of KNEB Radio in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The crowd then participated in Split-the-Pot Bingo. Congratulations to the winner, Kurt Petska, who received $300 in Ord Area ChamberBucks. The night then proceeded with the presentation of Chamber awards. The results are as follows along with reasons why Chamber members nominated the winner:
Interactive Media and/or Website Development Award – Valley County Health System
“Their website is well designed, attractive and user friendly. It is always up to date and keeps visitors to the site informed of upcoming events and news happenings within the medical system. Social Media is used to draw visitors to the website as well.”
“They have done a great job of putting news items on their website, getting involved with Facebook and keeping everyone informed.”
ExtraORDinary Young Citizen – Orrin Petska
“Orrin is a very unassuming young leader. Orrin is a student that leads by example. He never draws attention to himself as he motivates those around him to always do their best. You can always find a smile on his face and always makes time to talk to those younger and older. He helps out with the youth Ord Hoops basketball program on Sundays and is always willing to help anyone out in times of need.”
Partner in Progress – Kiley White
“Kiley always goes above and beyond with his support of Chamber activities, events and functions.”
“Kiley is active in the Chamber; is president of the Ord Rotary and a member of the Valley County Historical Society. He is also very active in his church. Kiley is always willing to give of his time and resources to help the community and those in need. He works tirelessly for the betterment of the community.”
Rising Star Award – Speed’s Apple Market
“Speed’s has been a great addition to the community. They are community minded and supportive of the Chamber & local organizations.”
“For stepping up and adding jobs to the community.”
“Great supporters of all athletic activities. A special recognition to them as they went above and beyond the call of duty to the football team during the fall season fulfilling their needs on the practice field.”
ExtraORDinary Organization – Friends of Fort Hartsuff
“Established in July of 2010, this newly formed non-profit organization has brought together a wide coalition of citizens, organizations, businesses and public agencies to attract tourists to our area and preserve and promote Fort Hartsuff. Groups that have supported and worked through FOFH for this common goal have included the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Loup Basin RC&D, Scenic By Ways, Spelts Lumber Co., First National Bank, Ord Area Chamber, Valley County Commissioners, Valley County Economic Development, Senator Kate Sullivan, Garfield County Economic Development, Country Neighbor, Burwell Rotary, Ord Rotary, St. Paul Rotary, KNLV, KSYZ, the Valley County Historical Society, the Ord FFA and the Burwell FCLLA and drama students, the Fremont Pathfinders, historical author Jeff Barnes, the Nebraska Concrete and Aggregates Association, and Attorney Curt Siktya as well as over 100 individuals that have contributed countless hours to this effort.”
Community Development and Improvement Award – Ord Fire Department and Volunteer Firemen
“They built a new building and improved the way the down town looks and planned for the future of our town. Committee members Randy Wilson, Joel Streff, Mike Blaha, Larry Copp, Chuck Green, Ron Upaha, Keith Shellhase, Ryan Simpson and Gene Arduser.” “What an outstanding bunch of individuals. They give a lot of time for the well-being of all of Ord and its surrounding communities. What an addition to our downtown. This is something to be proud of.”
Silver Citizen Award – Bob Stowell
“I can’t imagine the different place that our community would be without Bob’s tireless efforts to make Ord and Valley County a better place to live. Bob gives selflessly of his time, talent and resources to make our community one that we can be proud of and that young people feel good about moving back too.”
“Bob is always going to bat for the community. Bob has been a stalwart in community betterment for a long time. If we served with selflessness like Bob, this community would be a heckuva lot better.”
“Bob has been involved in many community efforts – many people don’t realize all he has done for Ord.”
ExtraORDinary Citizen – Members of the VFW, VFW Auxiliary, VFW Board, American Legion, American Legion Women, and Sons of the Legion
“These individuals contribute thousands of hours to our community. They march in parades, take tickets at Legion ball games, they raise money for uniforms and equipment for the ball teams, they raise money for scholarships for Youth Voice of Democracy and sponsor a boy and girl from our area to the state capital to learn more about government. They do the Avenue of flags at the cemetery and decorate all veteran’s graves with little flags on Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day. They sell poppies to raise money for a relief fund for veterans and their families. They sponsor Veterans day programs at area schools, they donate their time to help serve at the Vet’s Club for weddings, hospital galas, chamber banquets, alumni banquets and other community functions that are held at the Vet’s Club. All of these individuals are unpaid volunteers, many of them veterans. All profit they make from their various activities goes back into our community. It is impossible to list them all by name, but they are certainly the cream of the crop when it comes to extraordinary citizens.”
The Honorary Lifetime Member award was presented to Bob Stowell. Special recognition was also given to Larry Schulz, President of Valley County Economic Development, and Megan Cargill, Past President of the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce, for their generous commitment of time, support, and inspiration to their respective organizations and to the community. Retiring Chamber Board members, Dorothy Boilesen and Denise Wray, were also recognized for their support and dedication to the community.
A special thanks to Ulrich Gravel, Diamonds Too Jewelry & Gifts, Elyria Gardens, Zangger Popcorn Hybrid, Gary & Kayla Hinrichs, A.J. Cetak’s Meat Market, and Calamity Jane’s for providing either decorations or products for the Presidents’ and guest speakers gift bags. Economic Development and the Ord Area Chamber would also like to thank the Veteran’s Club for their hospitality and for providing a delicious meal. Finally, thank you to the community for not only making the banquet a success, but for contributing to the growth and success of Valley County.