Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce directors, members and guests gathered at the Stolte Shed on March 31 to celebrate a 2016 of successful events, community involvement, local business support, and to focus on moving forward into 2017.
Beginning with a glance back at 2016, chamber director Lisa Martinez noted the chamber's key roles in a historically successful AppleFest, a visit to the town by the Colorado Grand auto tour, and hosting of a Small Business Saturday promotion, a retail project that will be repeated again this year, she said
Then, looking forward to 2017, the chamber is planning a series of 1st Friday Art Walks that will take place on the first Friday of each month from May through September. The chamber will also participate in three Celebrate Cedaredge vendor street fairs this year.
Martinez reported the local chamber has 112 members.
Highlights of the evening were four awards presented by chamber president Nancy Hovde.
The award for business of the year went to 4B's Brewery, owners John and Barb Breitnauer. The award was accepted by Barb and by 4B's manager Brandy Atencio.
The award for new and improved business went to Curtis McCrackin of Mountain Valley Realty. McCracken has upgraded and remodeled the once rundown building at the intersection of Grand Mesa Drive (Highway 65) and Main Street. It now provides a more appealing view to visitors entering from that location and is used for professional office suites.
The award for nonprofit organizations was presented to the Cedar Mesa Community Club, one of the area's organizations that stages fundraising events for community causes and which focuses on supporting the Cedar Mesa community. The club was started over a century ago and recently earned state historic designation for its club house on Peach Road where meetings and most of the group's fundraising events are held.
The Chamber of Commerce is an organization based on volunteer efforts. This year's volunteer of the year award was presented to Cindy Starr, a board member who has given countless house of energetic support to the chamber's activities over the year.
The Stolte Shed venue for this year's annual meeting featured table decorations with a local nature theme. Photos of some of the year's activities and events were projected in a large-scale visual display for guests to enjoy. Sixty-three chamber members and guests RSVP'd for the banquet dinner. Thanks for the evening's setting and event organization went to board members Dottie Whitlock, Frank St. Peter and Mitch Gronenthal. Also helping organize the event were Chamber Ambassador Kayla Brown and Trey Gronenthal.
The banquet meal was supplied by Creekside Cafe and owner Codi Nelson. Assisted by Jimmy Berardi, they treated the dinner guests to a flavorful, all-you-can-eat buffet featuring Italian accented primavera pasta; a fine and substantial meal for the event's very reasonable $15 ticket price.
Board members of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce are a working group. They are people who put their time, effort and initiative into the chamber's own activities and into other events that benefit businesses and the entire community. The members of this working board of directors rolled up their sleeves following the banquet and got busy bussing tables, cleaning up, and putting furniture away as their guests left for home.
In addition to those already mentioned, directors of the chamber are Nick Streza, Phyllis Hoffman, Nancy Snowdon, Bruce Hovde and David Starr.