Cassville Chamber banquet honors community members’ achievements
February 7, 2018
Another successful Cassville Chamber Banquet is on the books after Saturday night. This year’s banquet featured awards for volunteers, business owners and magic to wow the crowd.
Mike Bliss, a magician and comedian recognized nationally, performed a number of comedic tricks for the crowd, taking special care to include incoming chamber president Dr. Chad Johnson. Bliss performed sleights of hand, card tricks, mind-reading and more during the banquet.
During the awards portion of the evening, numerous chamber members were recognized for their dedication to the community and betterment of the Cassville area. This year’s award winners were the Law Office of Blake Fields, LLC, Perrylenne and Kenny Lingle, goBEC Fiber Network and Cassville Schools’ Senior Sidewalk Committee.
Blake Fields was presented the award for Beautification for his new office on Main Street. Fields and his parents, Gayle and Gary Fields, worked tirelessly to update and improve the building, bringing a positive impact to the Main Street area in Cassville.
Perrylenne and Kenny Lingle were honored as volunteers of the year. Chamber director Brittany Crawford said the couple work at every opportunity to help they chamber in any way they are able.
The community service awards went to goBEC Fiber Network and Cassville Schools’ Senior Sidewalk Committee. JR Smith, of Barry Electric’s goBEC Fiber Network, accepted the award on behalf of the company. They were recognized for brining telecommuting opportunities and advancement in fiber internet services to the area.
The Cassville Schools’ Senior Sidewalk Committee was recognized for their efforts in preserving the names of Cassville High School graduates in a monument outside of the district office. Seniors’ names were stamped into sidewalks along Main Street that were removed during a recent MoDOT sidewalk improvement project. The committee worked to fund raise and get a monument erected to commemorate those graduating classes. Assistant superintendent Jill LeCompte and the school’s director of facilities and operations Dusty Reid accepted the award on behalf of the committee.
Another award was also presented at the banquet. The award, while not issued by the Chamber of Commerce, was a huge achievement for the local America’s Best Value Inn and Suites, located in Cassville. The manager of the motel, Martin Krallman, was named the manager of the year from Red Lion, the franchising company over the motel. Krallman was selected from many candidates across the United States and Canada.
The Chamber also recognized outgoing and incoming board members. This year’s outgoing board members were Dr. Brent Herrin, Cindy Carr, Chief Dana Kammerlohr, Jeff Swadley and Raylene Hart. Incoming board members are Carey Howe, David Waugh, Rhonda Stafford, Wade Hermansen and Ben Lindley. Jeff Swadley finished his term as chamber president, turning the duties over to Dr. Chad Johnson, of Johnson Chiropractic Sports and Wellness.
This year’s banquet was held at the Cassville High School commons area and once again catered by John Sullivan. Cassville’s FCCLA members served the meal while banquet attendees experienced the comedy and magic of entertainer Mike Bliss.