I talk about “What’s Right, Right Here” all of the time, now let’s do something about it … I need your help!
The Chamber of Commerce is inviting you, the public, in our service area of Granite City, Madison, Venice, Pontoon Beach and Mitchell, to nominate a civic and/or social organization, a church or an individual you feel needs to be recognized for the unselfish acts they bring to the community.
It could also be a program, a service or an event that is making a difference in our area and increasing the quality of life in our community. These acts should be done with no financial recognition, and should not be a one-time event; however, any one-time act that has truly impacted the area will be considered.
The Chamber began accepting nominations on Jan. 2 and will stop accepting nominations on June 1. The entire community will then be able to start voting June 2 through Aug. 19. You will be able to vote for your favorites by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on ballots available in the Chamber office, 3600 Nameoki Road in Granite City.
The nomination you send in must include a couple of sentences, explaining what the organization or the individual has contributed to the area. The nomination must also contain contact information on the nominee, as well as information on the person making the nomination (name, address and contact phone numbers … we also need to know if we have permission to reveal you as the person making the recommendation).
Please be aware, if all of this information is not included, the nomination will be eliminated from the program.
At the Chamber’s annual meeting in October, every individual and every organization will be recognized in the printed program, but the three entities that receive the most votes will win either first, second or third place. Their organization also will recognized as part of the evening program of the Chamber of Commerce’s 76th Annual Meeting.
I’m going to make the first nomination and you can use this as an example:
The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Foundation awards medical scholarships annually to Madison and St. Clair County students who have been accepted into a recognized medical program. In the last three years, this foundation has awarded more than $150,000 in medical scholarships to 19 students. The foundation is preparing to accept applications for the 2016 year.
Contact information: SEHF Chairman is Scott Buenger – secretary: Leo Konzen. Address: Lueder’s Robertson and Konzen Law Firm, 1939 Delmar, Granite City, (618) 876-8500. Nominated by Rosemarie Brown, Chamber of Commerce SWMC, 3600 Nameoki Road, (618) 876-6400.
I can think of dozens of organizations that deserve to be recognized and publicly thanked. For instance, think about what the Knights of Columbus give back to this community each year, what the Breakfast Ministries do on Saturday mornings, or that the Torch Club of U.S. Steel Granite City Works does in this area?
You get involved, you nominate and you vote. Let’s make this a community-wide, positive activity. Let’s talk about the good things right here … and we have them, dozens of them. Let’s shine a light on them. Let’s thank and recognize those individuals and/or organizations that are making a difference in our area and increasing the quality of life for each of us.
This New Year stands before us, like a chapter in a book waiting to be written. Let’s write this chapter for our community together, and let’s make it a positive one. Let’s take this new chance by the nape of the neck, recognizing the good in the community. Together, we can get it right this time and make this a Happy New Year all year long!