Exeter Chamber shines light on local leaders

Chamber of commerce hosts Exeter’s Annual Awards ceremony on April 26 for community members to gather, celebrate individuals and businesses making a positive impact

EXETER – At the Chamber’s Annual Awards ceremony this year, community leaders and businesses were recognized for the impacts they’ve made upon the town.

On April 26, the Exeter Chamber of Commerce celebrated its Annual Awards ceremony to acknowledge the impact of those who have most invested in the community. The community – including district Supervisor Larry Micari – showed up to the Exeter Veterans Memorial Building to celebrate this year’s award winners.

“We had a pretty big turnout…it was just under 200 people,” event and membership coordinator Katie Ringel said.

This year, guests enjoyed dinner and cocktails, as well as a silent auction to support the Chamber. The event was decorated with flowers and centerpieces from Flow State Flowers Co. Each winner received congressional recognition with certificates from Congressman Jim Costa’s office.

Not only that, but the awards for this year were modeled as a miniature replica of the Exeter water tower, to celebrate the awardees’ impact on the town.

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This year’s award winners include: Dwight Miller as Man of the Year; Rose Bjarke as Woman of the Year; Just Dough With It as Business of the Year; Cafe Lafayette as Recycler of the Year; H.O.W. Organization as Organizer of the Year; Sanctuaire Interiors was granted the Beautification Award; and the Heritage Award was given to George Bjarke.

The 2023-24 awards were hosted by Bob Mayo. According to the Exeter Chambers, the first recorded Exeter chamber awards was in 1945, which means the community has been celebrating the town’s progress for at least 79 years.

This event was possible due to the many sponsors of the chambers Including: High Sierra Lumber and Truss Inc., Dwight Miller and family, Nielsen & Associates Insurance, the Lions Club, Valley Automation Solutions Inc, Helping One Woman, NSE Insurance Agencies, Mid Valley Disposal, Exeter Coffee Company, Exeter Womans Club and Community West Bank.

“We would like to express our sincerest gratitude for celebrating with us. Exeter is a wonderful community as we have seen represented by tonight’s winners,” The Exeter Chamber said in written statements. “Your continued support of our town and Chamber of Commerce is greatly appreciated.”

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