The Annual Meeting is the largest corporate event each year, The Chamber’s Annual Meeting is held in late March or early April. Between 200 and 250 community business leaders typically attend. The evening is filled with festivities as the annual civic/citizenship awards are presented, the new Chamber Chairperson and Board of Directors are installed and a program is provided by a special speaker or entertainer. The purpose is to update existing members on the previous year’s successes and milestones reached. Additionally the meeting serves as a platform to discuss the upcoming year’s major events and goals not only affecting the Chamber but the community as a whole.
Annual Award Criteria and 2017 Recipients
THOMAS M GUYTON | HUMANITARIAN AWARD
The Chamber of Commerce established this annual award in 1980. It is a special award – for Thomas M. Guyton. The person who receives this award is a “gift” to the community. It is given to someone who seeks to improve others lives, who gives and gives, but yet never asks or takes in return. This person is very deserving of this award. This person never complains of being too busy to get involved. This person is totally involved in their: church, work, etc.
2017 Winner- George Hearring
E.R. ROBERTS | BUSINESS & CIVIC AWARD
* Changed to the E.R. Roberts Business Award in 2013
The Chamber gives this award annually since 1989. E.R. Roberts opened clothing store in downtown Hartselle in 1921 when he has 20 years old. He started his business on the corner of Main and Sycamore and stayed in business for 69 years till he died in 1990. He built his reputation of honesty and fair treatment to his customers and strong civic pride and support. In his days his reputation was remarkable and today’s day it would be almost unheard of. Mr. R accidentally over charged one of his customers $.17 on his purchase and he spent almost 2 hours looking for this person to give him back the $.17. He was a beloved and successful businessman in our town. He was successful not because of money made but because what he invested himself back into the community. That is why he’s honored today and why Hartselle is a better place to live and there are still people like E.R. Roberts in the business community.
Traits exhibited by this recipient are: Honesty, hard work, strong civic support, fair treatment, active in community, church, and chamber of commerce.
2017 Winner- Sarah Morris
JOHN J. SPARKMAN | CITIZENSHIP AWARD
The Chamber established this award in 1998 in honor of Senator John J. Sparkman. He dedicated more than 40 years of tireless commitment and dedication to the United States, State of Alabama and Morgan County. The recipient of this award should be someone who has gone beyond the call of duty and has dedicated time and effort for the Hartselle area and Morgan County.
2017 Winner- Dena Nagel
TOMMY ED ROBERTS | CIVIC AWARD
The recipient of this award has a tireless commitment and dedication to the United States, State of Alabama and Morgan County. This person is someone who has gone beyond the call of duty and has dedicated time and effort to the Hartselle area and Morgan County.
2017 Winner- Glenn Thompson