• Annual Awards Celebration 2020!

    "Taking care of business"

  • The Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the 2020 Annual Awards Celebration on January 23rd! We're excited to share the results with you LIVE for the first time on the night of the event. The evening will feature 7 awards presented to community and business leaders. Scroll down to see our nominees and award winners for 2019.

     
    Tickets are $45 each and are available at the Chamber’s Main Street office in Gaylord or by calling (989) 732-6333 beginning December 9, 2019. You may also reserve a table of 8 for your company/organization for $360. Contact Rebecca at (989) 732-6333 or Rebecca@gaylordchamber.com to purchase. You may also register online.

     

    We encourage you to come dressed in your best nineteen fifties outfit! This is going to be a fun event with great food, decorations and entertainment all in celebration of our wonderful members!

     

     

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  • 2019 Nominees & Award Recipients:

    • Rachel-Frisch---Otsego-County.jpg
      You Made It Happen Award: Given to a person, business or organization that, through exceptional contributions and/or commitment, positively affected the growth of the Gaylord community over the past year. Nominee 1: Rachel Frisch, Otsego County. For her efforts in spearheading the trail project.
    • Karin-BeyerandDana-Bensinger---Otsego-Community-Foundation-w1008.jpg
      You Made It Happen Award: Given to a person, business or organization that, through exceptional contributions and/or commitment, positively affected the growth of the Gaylord community over the past year. Nominee 2: The team at Otsego Community Foundation. For their hard work throughout the community to secure charitable contributions.
    • Justin-Hacker---Bill-Marsh-Ford.jpg
      You Made It Happen Award: Given to a person, business or organization that, through exceptional contributions and/or commitment, positively affected the growth of the Gaylord community over the past year. Nominee 3: Justin Hacker, Bill Marsh Ford of Gaylord. For playing a vital role in the implementation of the Gaylord Disc Golf Course
    • Maureen-Derenzy---Otsego-County-Library.jpg
      Gordon G. Everett Memorial Bell Tower Award: Recognizing new construction and/or renovation projects that best exemplify investment in Otsego County, while maintaining the Alpine spirit and theme. Nominee 1: Otsego County Library, Maureen Derenzy. For her involvement in the beautifully renovated Otsego County Library which provides services for all ages.
    • Kathi-and-Gary-Vollmer---Otsego-Resort-w1008.jpg
      Gordon G. Everett Memorial Bell Tower Award: Recognizing new construction and/or renovation projects that best exemplify investment in Otsego County, while maintaining the Alpine spirit and theme. Nominee 2: Otsego Resort, Kathie & Gary Vollmar. For their investment in and dedication to improvements of the Otsego Resort.
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      Gordon G. Everett Memorial Bell Tower Award: Recognizing new construction and/or renovation projects that best exemplify investment in Otsego County, while maintaining the Alpine spirit and theme. Nominee 3: Bliss Salon, Dana Yohe. For her investment in the transformation of the new salon’s location.
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      Golden Pineapple Award: Honoring a member of the Chamber of Commerce for their exceptional customer service. Nominee 1: Susie Marshall, Kirtland University Center. For her welcoming spirit and excellent customer service to those who are visiting the facility as well as during her time volunteering for other charitable organizations.
    • Mark-Copeland---Jay's-Sporting-Goods.jpg
      Chamber of Commerce for their exceptional customer service. Nominee 2: Jay’s Sporting Goods, Mark Copeland. For his and his staff’s continuous efforts in providing customers with a pleasant shopping experience.
    • Courtney-Willits---Cutting-Edge-Computers.jpg
      Golden Pineapple Award: Honoring a member of the Chamber of Commerce for their exceptional customer service. Nominee 3: Cutting Edge Computers, Mike & Courtney Willits. For their and their staff’s commitment to their customers satisfaction.
    • Ryan-Wojan---Smith-Realty-w1512.jpg
      Daune Weiss Memorial – Businessperson of the Year Award: Given to a business owner or manager who best exemplifies Daune Weiss' generosity in giving time, money, staff and/or facilities for community benefit. Nominee 1: Ryan Wojan, Smith Realty Group. For his involvement in the community as a business owner, mentor, Rotarian, Boy Scout liaison and many more.
    • Dan-Forcier---Powerhouse-Gym.jpg
      Daune Weiss Memorial – Businessperson of the Year Award: Given to a business owner or manager who best exemplifies Daune Weiss' generosity in giving time, money, staff and/or facilities for community benefit. Nominee 2: Dan Forcier, Powerhouse Gym. For his dedication to the three businesses that he operates while providing often anonymous support to charities, fundraisers, school projects/events, etc.
    • Bill-Michaels---Otsego-County-Sportsplex.jpg
      Daune Weiss Memorial – Businessperson of the Year Award: Given to a business owner or manager who best exemplifies Daune Weiss' generosity in giving time, money, staff and/or facilities for community benefit. Nominee 3: Bill Michaels, Otsego County Sportsplex. For his contributions of time, resources, use of facilities and continual efforts to expand the reach of the Sportsplex.
    • Waneta-Cook---Cook-Family-Farm.jpg
      Chairman's Award winner 2019: Tom & Waneta Cook, Cook Family Farm Presented to a member of the Chamber of Commerce who exhibits a commitment to his or her business and the community.
    • Mary-Bickley---PMP-Personnel.jpg
      Chamber Ambassador of the Year Award: Mary Bickely, PMP Personnel Services Presented to the Ambassador who put forth extraordinary efforts on behalf of the Chamber.
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      Patti Dobrzelewski Volunteer of the Year Award: Karin Beyer, Otsego Community Foundation Recognizing a community leader who donates his or her time to Chamber activities and events.
  • Great Gatsby Presenting Sponsor!
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  • Thank you to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and ITC for being our Presenting Sponsors! 

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  • Thank you to Accident Fund for being the Awards Sponsor! 

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  • Thank you to Awakon Federal Credit Union for being our Entertainment Sponsor! 

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  • Thank you to SERVPRO of Gaylord & Cheboygan and GLIK'S for being our Decoration Sponsors! 

  • ANNUAL AWARDS RECIPIENT HISTORY

     

    “YOU MADE IT HAPPEN” AWARD

    1. Dave Engel for the FAA Flight Service Station

    Susan Bensinger for the United Way fundraising

    Pat Duffy for the Special Olympics fundraising

    Harriet Burns for doing vacation shows for the Chamber

    Jim Grisso for creating the Burgermeister Award

    1. Carol DeGroot for the Chamber’s Council program

    Don Morgridge for the street sweeping contest

    1. Otsego Memorial Hospital

    Dianne McNamara for the Women’s Rotary tree lighting project

    1. Mary O’Neill for the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts

    Ann & Theresa Jaruzel for the Mt. Carmel Center

    Tom Arthurs for the North Central Michigan Home Builders Association

    1. Gaylord Convention & Tourism Bureau
    2. Edelweiss Garden Club for the city landscaping and flower planting
    3. Gaylord Rotary Club

    Otsego County Ambulance Service

    Otsego County Fair Board

    1. Glen A. Catt for sponsorship of the Gus Macker Tourney
    2. Debbie Collins for organizing the GHS Graduation Party
    3. Alpine Snowmobile Trails, Inc for their trail grooming efforts

    Bob McNamara for his volunteerism for the Gus Macker

    WMJZ for their support of community activities

    1. Howard Cheney for the Kiwanis Club Christmas Basket Program

    Chuck Klee for his volunteerism for the Gus Macker Tourney

    1. Sharon Grendel for the Otsego County Hockey Association

    Rick Miller for the Alpine Youth Soccer

    Jan Cotant for the Freebies Hut

    Dick Weber for the Sportsplex Committee

    1. Gaylord Downtown Development Authority
    2. Sheila Fruehauf for the Energy Outlet playground
    3. Ken Mudget for Otsego Lake State Park’s Handicap Ramp
    4. Keith Lester for the TIC for the Otsego County Fire Department
    5. Jack Thompson for his advocacy for the University Center and M-TEC
    6. Forcier Family for their generosity to the community
    7. Jerry Coger for the Food Pantry
    8. Sandy Gartelman for the Kids in Theater Program
    9. OWLS and the Rotary Club for the Environmental Learning Center
    10. Otsego Memorial Hospital “Family” for leadership in capital campaign

    Gaylord Area Snowmobile Trails Council

    1. Volunteer Center’s Road To Recovery Program
    2. Otsego County Economic Alliance
    3. Edelweiss Garden Club
    4. Glen Catt for Big Ticket Festival
    5. I-75 Crossing Task Force
    6. “Wings Over Gaylord” & Catt Family for the Fourth Grader Swimming Program
    7. Dave Baragrey Sr. for Bear Basketball Program

    2012. Groen Nature Reserve

    2013. Alpenfrost

    2014. Ken Mattei, Special Olympics Michigan/Wertz Warriors

    2015. Al Blackburn, Meijer

    2016. Jennifer Akans of ComForCare, for the Veteran’s Luncheon held in November

    2017. Laura Hansmann for the new Tennis Courts on behalf of the Alpine Regional Tennis Association

    2018. Shari Rivest & Matt Barresi for the Vet’s Coffee Program

     

    BELL TOWER AWARD

    1. Gaylord Ford
    2. Wade-Trim
    3. Otsego Club
    4. Saks Wellness Center & JoJo’s Market
    5. Catt Development
    6. DDA’s Pavilion on Court
    7. North Central Construction Inc., Northwestern Bank and Edelweiss Properties, LLC
    8. Alpine Chiropractic Clinic
    9. Independent Bank, Spicy Bob’s Italian Express
    10. Alpine Oven, Ace Hardware
    11. City Hall & Otsego County Airport
    12. Alpine Chocolat Haus, Hogan’s Jewelers,
      Otsego County Abstract & Title, Sugar Bowl Restaurant
    13. Diana’s Delights and Hobby Lobby
    14. Seams Like New
    15. Otsego County Animal Shelter
    16. Alpine Tavern & Eatery
    17. Awakon Federal Credit Union
    18. Jay’s Sporting Goods
    19. Dr. Kristine Bobish, Alpine Cardiology
    20. Scott & Janice Lampert
    21. The Pine Squirrel

     

    GOLDEN PINEAPPLE AWARD

    1. Mr. Coots
    2. Sue’s Shop and the Spud Warehouse
    3. Saturn Booksellers
    4. Alphorn Shop
    5. LaSenorita Restaurant
    6. Extreme Power Sports
    7. Glenda’s Gifts
    8. Hogan’s Jewelers
    9. Hall Veterinary Clinic
    10. Dunn’s Business Solutions, Jan’s Northside Deli
    11. Telephone Support Systems and Bradley J. Butcher & Associates
    12. Nelson Funeral Home
    13. Arrow Sanitation
    14. New Century Signs
    15. Thrifty Print & North Western Bank
    16. Janie Rhein, Winn Telecom
    17. Isabella’s Copper Pot
    18. Joe Messenger, Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service
    19. Bennethum’s Northern Inn
    20. Otsego Grand Event Center
    21. Bill Marsh Ford of Gaylord

     

    “DAUNE WEISS MEMORIAL” BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD

    1. Daune Weiss
    2. John Kluck
    3. Bruce Brown
    4. Scott Lampert
    5. Pastor Jim Mathis
    6. Rosemary Smith
    7. Betty Moore
    8. Larry Edwards
    9. Kevin Drummond
    10. Stanley Dombrowski
    11. In Memory of Gene Sanders
    12. Kevin McKinley
    13. Jack Thompson
    14. Patt Dobrzelweski
    15. Todd Chawtun, Michaywe
    16. Bobby McNamara, McNamara Insurance
    17. Theresa McNamara of DBS (Dunn’s Business Solutions).
    18. Marcia Taylor, Marsh-Mellow Entertainment
    19. Angielena Muellenberg, Snowbelt Brewing Company