Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet 2024

March 21, 2024

The New Haven Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet was held at the American Legion Hall in New Haven on March 21, 2024.  This event is held each year to award individuals and businesses in New Haven for outstanding performance and achievements.  This year awards were received by the following.  

Lifetime Achievement award to Citizens Bank.  Award was received by David Engelbrecht, Chief Executive Officer.  Citizens Bank began in New Haven and currently they have 4 branch locations in New Haven, Gerald, Pacific, and Washington. This year they are celebrating their 90th year in business.  

Community Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Fay Colter.  She has spent a lifetime volunteering her time across the New Haven Community.  She divides her volunteer time between the New Haven Care Center, the New Haven Senior Center, and St. Peters UCC Church.  Her award was presented to her by Emily Burkett and Charles Tritch of the New Haven Care Center.

Chamber business of the year was awarded to Zia, New Haven.  Award was presented to owner Laura Kohnen.  Zia’s is a studio offering yoga, reiki, and massage.  They also offer retreats and have beautiful rooms for overnight stays. 

Chamber volunteer of the year was awarded to Clare Swann.  Clare owns Camera Creations Photography & Design Studio in New Haven.  She has been dedicated to the marketing and rebranding of the Chamber of Commerce this past year.  She also participates in multiple committees in New Haven to promote tourism and advertising for our city.

The ceremony was conducted by Chamber president Meg Lang, Board Member Tara Steffens, Chamber Member Laura Shockley, and was organized by Sue Viehland and Laura Shockley. Chamber Vice President Steven Sullivan provided a welcome and prayer before the meal. The evening included a social hour with bartenders Brad and Lauren Zoberist,  a catered meal by Mary Lou Catering and Seitters Market, a presentation by committee members Laura Kohnen and Clare Swann on the creation of the Missouri River Valley Loop.  This will be a collaborated effort between local cities to cross-promote locally owned “mom & pop” businesses between 10 different cities in a scenic travel loop for visitors to the area to enjoy.  The evening ended with the awards ceremony.  Attendance was estimated at 140 people and everyone enjoyed the evening.

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