Chamber hands out awards, says farewell

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – It was a night of awards and farewells for the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.
The annual meeting/dinner that featured business and community awards was also the last major event for outgoing Executive Director Lisa Hurley and the introduction of new Executive Director Mary Martin.
“It's goodbye, but it's not really goodbye,” Hurley, who is taking a position in the home health care field, told the more than 230 chamber members present at The Osthoff resort.
Hurley was presented with the 2011 Business Community Service Award by chamber board of directors member Tom Turicik.
“She will be truly missed,” Turicik said of Hurley. “Where other chambers had strife and division, we had a vision. I think it's phenomenal, the teamwork we've built at the chamber.” “The theme of the chamber this year is building relationships,” incoming Chamber President Ron Nielsen stated. He noted Plymouth's uniqueness and added, “the membership of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce is a strong reflection of that uniqueness.” Turicik presented the 2011 chamber awards: Community Impact Award – Generations and the Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition.
C.A.R.E. (Community and Redevelopment Excellence) – Plymouth Walldogs event.
Small Business of the Year – Chiro-Health Chiropractic Care Center.
Business of the Year – Frontier Communications.
The evening also included guest speaker Bill Michaels, host of “The Bill Michaels Show” radio sports talk program (see story on page 14).
In presenting the Community Impact Award to Generations Executive Director Martha Laning, Turicik cited the one-of-a-kind center that serves and enhances the lives of all generations.
“This facility is a model for how an idea that captures the spirit and support of others can take root and make a significant and positive impact within a community,” Turicik said.
Laning acknowledged the generous support of the community, local businesses and organizations, without whom the center would not have become reality.
“In this economy, it's pretty tough to ask for $1.3 million for just a chance. We're very lucky this community has the non-profits we have,” Laning stated.
Turicik pointed out that the C.A.R.E. award to the Walldogs marked “the first time that this award is being given to a project/event rather than an individual or business.” Event coordinators Jerry Thompson and Debbie Karr accepted the award. Thompson noted that the 21 historic murals painted in downtown Plymouth in the week-long event was a record number for the Walldog artists.
Turicik pointed out that the event also had one of the highest levels of local volunteer commitment ever, as well.
“It's such an honor for our team to win this award,” Dr. Cindy Munson said in accepting the Small Business Award for Chiro-Health Chiropractic Care Center.
“(She) is an active member of the community who believes in giving back,” Turicik said of Mun son.
He also noted the recent expansion and remodeling project by Chiro-Health, which included a staff expansion as well.
“They have taken their commitment to the community seriously,” Turicik said of Business of the Year award winner Frontier Communications.
Presenting the award Frank Maydak, general manager-Eastern Wisconsin for Frontier, Turicik lauded Maydak's involvement in the community.
“He just dove right in,” to many community efforts, including the Walldogs, Turicik said. “He doesn't have a can-do attitude, he has a let's get it done attitude.”




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