Annual Meeting & Dessert Auction
Every September, the Annual Meeting marks the end of the Chamber's fiscal year. Members are invited to join in the celebration of the past year's accomplishments, and to preview the endeavors of the coming year.
The evening begins with dessert first, when nearly forty scrumptious treats are sold in a live-auction format. Following the dessert auction and dinner, several members receive recognition for their outstanding commitment to the Chamber and our community. Awards include Chamber Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Spirit of Watertown, and Businessman and Businesswoman of the Year as well as Rookie Business of the Year. A new award added in the Fall of 2017 was the Manufacturing Business Partner of the Year. New in 2018 the Chamber will add the Agriculture Business Partner of the Year to the ceremony. With the strong manufacturing and agriculture dependence in these areas we feel the need to recognize those businesses that contribute to our economy. The Prairie Family Business Association also recognizes the Family Business of the Year. Outgoing and incoming board members are then acknowledged and recognized.
This year's Annual Meeting will take place at the Watertown Event Center September 25th. Social Hour will begin at 5pm with the Dessert Auction starting at 6pm. Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber or by calling 605-886-5814.
We are seeking nominations for the above mentioned awards and would love to hear from you. To keep it simple we do not have a specific format for nominations or a lot of rules. The Family Business of the Year will need to have at least two generations of leadership to qualify for the award. Please email your nominations along with a brief or detailed reason for the nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are pictures of the 2017 Annual Meeting and winners of the awards.
Manufacturing Business of the Year - Dakota Bodies
Rookie Business of the Year - Harry's
Spirit of Watertown - Melissa Herrbolt (KXLG Radio)
Business Man of the Year - Eric Scott
Business Woman of the Year - Doris Wilkey
Family Business of the Year - Esco Manufacturing
Chamber Member of the Year - Aerodynamics Inc.