Friday, March 21, 2014


34th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner

What an amazing 34th Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner the Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber held  Thursday evening, March 20, 2014.  Thank you to Jerry’s Pub for hosting such a wonderful meal, and Country Market for the cake. 
The membership voted Jeff Updike of Irish Hills Collision, Bill Fetters of Woodstock Wine & Cheese and Mark Cornell of Clark Lake Golf Course to the Board of Directors for 3 year terms.  
Some great honors were given out during the evening’s program.  Many anniversary awards were given to members including a 90 Year Award to Clark Lake Golf Course and a 160 Year Award to St. Joseph Catholic Shrine.  Our Board President, Bill Kerr gave his President’s Award to Rich Turner of Brooklyn Party Shoppe for this contribution to the Brooklyn Fireworks, also announcing his place in the 4th of July Parade as 2014 Grand Marshall. 

Spruce Awards were given to TC’s Hardware, Irish Hills Collision, Borek Jennings Funeral Home/Braun Chapel and Whispering Lakes Adventure Resort.  The Ambassador of the Year is Kay Roumell and our Under 30 Connection Member of the Year is Rachel Millyard. The Director’s Award went to our outgoing Board Secretary, Lisa Bascom.  

The Columbia Township Fire Department was honored by the Heart of the Community award for all they do for our community.  Michigan International Speedway was honored with a Governor’s Tribute as a thank you for their economic impact on the business community with all of the great new events, business and people they bring to the Irish Hills. 

Our Business of the Year for 2014 is TransPharm Preclinical Solutions owned by Dan & Samantha Ross, given for how much they support their local community, even though most of their business is nationally, even internationally.  Our 2014 Citizen of the Year is a very deserving Richard Staub, owner of Village Peddler Gift Snack etc.  Make sure you stop in and congratulate him!

Overall, we were able to honor some of our "standout" members, those that went above and beyond, those that gave a little bit of themselves, those that make our community one that we are all proud to live in.

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