In this month's article I would like to apologize for an error submitted to the Standard Democrat concerning information for the winner of the 2005 Citizen of the Year Award. Mr. Chester Kordahl was this year's recipient and I appreciate his gracious acceptance of my apology for the error. He and all the other award winners made the 55th Annual Awards Banquet so special.
I also want to apologize to the staff at the Standard Democrat for the error and confusion that occurred. The newspaper does a great job covering this communitywide event.
A big thanks goes to the "behind the scenes" individuals and businesses involved with our Annual Awards Banquet. Thank you to the individuals who took the time to fill out the nomination forms and to the selection committees who had the difficult job of choosing the winners from all the outstanding nominees.
I want to give a special thanks to the SACC banquet committee who worked for months on the events. They are: Chairman Cheryl Krebs, Debbie Glenn, Bill Powers, Kim Heckemeyer, Robin Pace, Linda Lowes and Kathy Anglin. This committee did a great job hosting an event for over 350 people.
As always we had member businesses who donated their resources to this event. They are Moll Printing, Show-Me Rental, Sikeston Public Schools, Helen's Florist and Bizzell Lawn Care. Thank you for all your help.
Our emcees for the evening were Bill Powers from Mississippi River Radio and Steve McPheeters from Noranda Aluminum and as usual they did a great job.
Thanks to each and everyone. We could not have done it without you.
This was my fifth Annual Awards Banquet and as with the previous four, I worried and worried about all the details to the point of driving the Chamber staff crazy and I would like to thank them for putting up with me.
A wise volunteer made a statement that really put things in perspective for me after the event. They said I should relax because no one really remembers the specifics of the decorations or all the items on the menu. They just remember it was a nice evening. What is really important is the excitement and joy of watching the winners accepting their awards and the pleasure of being with other area Chamber members sharing in our community's success and you know, I agree.
I hope the Sikeston and Miner areas continue to celebrate in the years to come and on behalf of the SACC staff I want to say it was a pleasure being part of it.
Congratulations again to all our 2005 winners and for pictures from the banquet you can go to our Website at www.sikeston.net.