At the Anamosa Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner, the annual awards were handed out for Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and the President’s Award.
The 2020 Business of the Year was Grounds & Goodies, who served as the caterer for the annual dinner. In announcing the award recipient, President Casi Strube said owner Mary Oldham not only was an active member of the chamber and the community but worked to “help enhance the events that we do offer.” Strube cited the new cookie decorating contest for Pumpkinfest and hosting Santa as examples of Oldham’s contributions.
“We need to stay active in our community and bring people together…and I love my people,” Oldham said.
The Volunteer of the Year award went to Bill Feldmann.
“Bill is always the first person to jump up and help with any request,” Strube said.
This year in particular, Feldman sat in the information tent with high school students working toward their silver cord. As a member of the chamber and former city council member with some time on his hand, Feldmann said he wanted to do what he could.
“I really like this community, and I like the people in it. I’m retired, so I donate and help out where I can,” he said.
The President Award winners selected by Strube were Dave and Deb Oldham, selected for their service and support to the community and the chamber. Despite the weather canceling it, the pair stepped up to help organize the annual Pumpkinfest Parade and even filling in as Santa when the Parade of Lights was delayed.
“It was a pleasant surprise,” Deb Oldham said.
Dave said they were looking forward to organizing the parade again this year with help from the Blue Cut Trailblazers group.
In summing up the year in her annual report, LeeAnna Boone said, “It rained a lot,” which wreaked havoc on the annual parades.
In lieu of a guest speaker, area non-profits talked about their missions, with Sleep in Heavenly Peace, which helps build beds for kids, Jones County Toys for Tots, the Jones County Teufelhund Veterans Group and Chelsey’s Dream, which helps families cover the cost for adoption, represented.