Chamber banquet honors standout members

Published 10:35 pm Thursday, January 17, 2013

Big Al from the University of Alabama gives a prize to the Southern Care Hospice group who won the chamber’s costume competition Thursday night.

People decked out in colorful garb for their teams filled the Alabama Power Conference Center on Thursday night for the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce’s team-spirit themed banquet and awards presentation.

Anne Taddicken was named the Ambassador of the Year.

Chamber Executive Director Mike Robertson said Taddicken is present at nearly every chamber event and offers her assistance whenever possible.

“She is a team player and an asset to our community,” Robertson said. “In a word, she makes every chamber event better.”

Central Alabama Electric Cooperative was named the Business of the Year.

Janice Hull, the 2011-2012 chamber president, presented the award to CAEC, a not-for-profit, member-owned electric distribution utility serving more than 100,000 people in 10 central Alabama counties.

“I cannot think of a business that has supported us more than Central Alabama Electric,” Hull said. “They invest in everything we do to make this community a better place to work and live.”

Southern Care Hospice won the chamber’s costume competition, and the University of Alabama’s mascot, Big Al, won the spirit competition.

Secretary/treasurer Mollie Smelley gave minutes from last year’s banquet and a treasurer report.

Hull provided a Peach Jam update and announced that the 2013 Peach Jam is scheduled for Friday, June 28.

Peggy Hall, the 2013 chamber president, closed the banquet.