Photo by Naomi Hatch
The Snowflake-Taylor Chamber Awards Banquet honored many people in the community, including (left to right) Businesswoman of the Year Joann Calvin of Ace Hardware, Shining Star Award recipients Milo and Marguerite Smith, Shelby Noe of the American Legion Post, which received the Non-Profit Award, Executive Director Award recipient Tonya Adams, Businessman of the Year Sam Matyas of The Carriage House, Ron McArthur of Summit Healthcare, which received the Large Business of the Year Award, Shining Star Award recipient Loretta Whitlow, Dan Mills of High Country Floor Covering, which received the Small Business of the Year Award, and Shug and Kipp Peterson of Ed’s IGA, which received the Medium Business of the Year Award.
By Naomi Hatch
Sam Matyas of The Carriage House and Joann Calvin of Ace Hardware were honored as the Snowflake-Taylor Chamber of Commerce Business Man and Woman of the Year at the chamber’s annual awards banquet March 7.
The Business Woman and Man of the year, as well as Non-Profit and Businesses of the Year were selected by vote of chamber members.
“It’s always so close,” said Chamber Executive Director Charlotte Hatch, who emceed the program.
American Legion Post 126, which recently changed its name to the Larry Matyas Snowflake-Taylor American Legion Post, was named Non-Profit Business of the Year.
The Small Business of the Year award went to High Country Floor Coverings.
Ed’s IGA was selected as Medium Business of the Year.
The Large Business of the Year award went to Summit Healthcare, which recently held an open house at its Snowflake healthcare center.
The Shining Star Award is given to an outstanding person who has given service to the community, someone who went above and beyond the call to duty. This year’s awards went to Loretta Whitlow, director of the Silver Creek Senior Center, for all she has done for the senior citizens in the community, and to Milo and Marguerite Smith for all they have done through the years to beautify the Main Street Chapel grounds by planting, weeding, watering and maintaining the beautiful flowers. They also serve in the Silver Creek Performing Arts Association.
The Executive Director Award was given by Hatch to Tonya Adams, of Baldwin & Jones CPA for all they do to keep the chamber’s finances in good order.
The President’s Award is given by Chamber President Patti Matyas to someone in the community who provided outstanding community service and support to the chamber and worked behind the scenes, seeking no credit. This year Terry Smith received the award for all he has done, including working with the American Legion and helping to get the Pioneer Day Car Show started.
Dinner and entertainment were provided by members of the Snowflake High School Native American Club and their families. Dinner was a delicious Navajo taco meal. Entertainment was provided by family members, some whom came from great distances to perform their native dances in native costumes.