Metro•Chamber holds its annual banquet
by Linda Kennedy
Nov 13, 2013 | 1456 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lisa Gower, Metro•Chamber president, presented the small business of the year plaque to MidCountry Bank.  Accepting the award is Afton English.
— Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
Lisa Gower, Metro•Chamber president, presented the small business of the year plaque to MidCountry Bank. Accepting the award is Afton English. — Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
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Massac Memorial Hospital (MMH) was recognized as the large business of the year at the Oct. 29 Metro•Chamber banquet.  MMH CEO Bill Hartley, holding the plaque, is pictured with, from left, Janet Hester, Ronnie Meyer, board member Carolyn Wills, Robbin McDaniel, board m ember Randy Rushing and Chelle Keplinger.
—  Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
Massac Memorial Hospital (MMH) was recognized as the large business of the year at the Oct. 29 Metro•Chamber banquet. MMH CEO Bill Hartley, holding the plaque, is pictured with, from left, Janet Hester, Ronnie Meyer, board member Carolyn Wills, Robbin McDaniel, board m ember Randy Rushing and Chelle Keplinger. — Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
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Over 150 members and guests attended the 86th annual meeting of the Metropolis Area Chamber of Commerce held Oct. 29 at Harrah’s Special Events Center.

The board of directors was recognized, and awards were presented to several businesses and individuals.

Board members are Lisa Gower of Zeta Zeta Sorority, president; Afton English of MidCountry Bank, first vice president; Meagan Musselman of Leaps and Bounds, second vice president; and Randall Rushing of Randall Rushing CPA, treasurer.

The entrepreneur of the year award was presented to Angie Sivori of Angie’s Originals, and Zeta Zeta Sorority was named volunteer of the year.

MidCountry Bank was presented the small business of the year award.

Massac Memorial Hospital was honored as the large business of the year.

A special award, Friends of the Chamber, went to Liberty Utilities. “The employees have assisted the chamber over the years in various projects, including laying of bricks at the Lois Lane statue,” explained Gower as Jerry Yates of Liberty Utilities approached the stage.

During the evening, Gower made remarks as president: “We have accomplished a lot over this year by letting the public know what our businesses have to offer through our Buy Local marketing series and by publishing our first ever Massac County Community Guide.

“We are so lucky to live in a community that has so much to offer. It’s something we hear from visitors passing through, tourists attending our many events and other chambers of commerce. I feel like we have gained momentum in the chamber with our city and local businesses. It’s onward and upward,” concluded Gower.











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