Over 100 business people and community leaders attended Friday night’s 105th annual meeting of the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Reverend Dick Wamsley of Taylorville Christian Church, gave the invocation in memory of long-time Chamber president and C-E-O Fred Ronnow, who passed away in February.
Following dinner, many Chamber awards were presented. The “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” award was given to Taylorville Memorial Hospital C-E-O Dan Raab for his 16 years of commitment to the hospital and the community. Under Raab’s leadership, the hospital has seen tremendous growth. Following the banquet, Raab spoke with Regional Radio News and was very humbled.
And, Raab said he felt extremely fortunate to work with many great people in the Taylorville community over his 16 years.
The “Randy France Volunteer of the Year” award went to Linda Smith, who chairs the Chamber’s scholarship committee. And, the Chairman’s Award, awarded by outgoing Chamber chairperson Jim Montgomery, went to Todd Altman for his community work on behalf of the Chamber.
The Taylorville Chamber “Ambassador of the Year” award went to Len Hempen.
Outgoing Chamber directors were recognized…they were Kevin Flynn, Eric Kahle, and Don Broaddus.
New Chamber directors named Friday night were Todd Altman, Scott Stallman, Bruce Rahar, Len Hempen, and Allen Miller. Outgoing Chamber chairperson is Jim Montgomery, and the new Taylorville Chamber chairperson is Jenni Stephens.