NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR COMMUNITY AWARDS
On March 9, 2021 the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce will recognize Community Leaders at the Annual Community Champions Awards Luncheon. At this event, several community and regional organizations come together to proudly recognize the recipients of 9 prestigious awards. Each of these awards and their criteria is described below. As you review each award, please think about who is deserving of recognition and nominate them. It is so important for our community to recognize achievement, vision, collaboration, generosity and spirit.
CHAMBER SPONSORED AWARDS To nominate someone for any of the awards listed below call the Chamber office at (605) 225-2860 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can also be found on the left of this page and must be received by February 5, 2021.
The Woman of Spirit Award. The award, co-sponsored by the Chamber and Steven Lust Automotive, replaced the ATHENA Award, but like the Athena is presented to a woman who exemplifies the following characteristics: Wise, Organized, Mentor to others, Achiever, Nurturing and is Selfless, Purposeful, Inspirational, Respectful, (has) Integrity, and is a Team player.
The GEORGE Award. This award is presented by the Chamber to an individual(s) who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the community in trying to make Aberdeen a better place to live and work. A George Award recipient has stepped up and taken the initiative, rather than "just letting George do it”.
The STAR Award. STAR stands for Students Taking Active Responsibility. The Award is presented to a Youth Organization for their Dedicated Efforts in the Community.
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award.. In the spirit of building on Aberdeen’s rich culture of entrepreneurship, this award recognizes an individual in the community or region on their entrepreneurial efforts.
The Emerging Leader Award is presented to an individual who is in the first years of their career and has demonstrated leadership qualities within their businesses and community. The Emerging Leader Award was created in 2009 to foster young leadership and enhance youth retention in our community. Candidates will be evaluated on whether they have active participation in associations, organizations, volunteer boards, etc.; are recognized by managers and peers for demonstrating leadership skills and standards in the workplace; and have an enthusiastic commitment to promoting and growing with the community, region and state.
ViTality Award. The ViTality award is presented to the individual who is the 'keeper' of the regional vision, or the person who lives in the regional growth and 'ViTality' spirit every day. The ViTality awarded annually to recognize individuals in a 17-county area of northeastern South Dakota who display enthusiasm for regional development. The namesake, ViTality, is in memory of Aberdonian, Vi Stoia. Stoia was often called a 'regional thinker', and felt that new businesses in Redfield or community work in Leola was a win for Aberdeen and the entire region. Stoia passed away in 2008 but his memory lives on in the form of the ViTality Award.
Military and Veteran Awards are presented by the Chamber's Military & Veterans Committee. Awards include: Enlisted Officer of the Year, Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, Officer or Warant Officer of the Year, Military Family of the Year, Rich Keza Veteran of Armed Services Award, and Civilian Advocate Award for Military and/or Veteran Groups. For information on these awards, send us an email.
PRAIRIE FAMILY BUSINESS INITIATIVE SPONSORED AWARD
The Aberdeen Area Family Business of the Year Award. This award is co-sponsored by The South Dakota Family Business Initiative, CorTrust Bank, and the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce. Started in 2004, the award recognizes the accomplishments of a family business and its contributions to the community of Aberdeen and the surrounding region. Criteria includes that at least 2 family members work in the business, and/or multi-generational; positive contributions of the business to the welfare of the community; Success of the business; and an assessment of the health and unity of the family. To nominate a business for this award send us an email