Seventeen nominated for 17th Annual Prism Awards
Seventeen businesses, organizations and citizens have been nominated for 2010 Prism Awards honoring excellence, according to Sarah Beavers, executive director of the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce.
The 17 will be honored at the chamber’s Prism Awards banquet on Wednesday, March 24, 6:00 pm at Sunrise Park & Banquet Center. Chrys Peterson, WTOL-TV anchor, will emcee the 17th annual event.
Three of this year’s nominees have won Prisms in the past. They are St Charles Mercy Hospital in 1997 and 2008; Bay Park Community Hospital in 2004 and AA Boos in 2003.
In 16 years, 109 Prisms have been awarded. This year’s award is designed by glass artist Shawn Messenger
The awards honor good business practices such as teamwork, product quality, customer service, community involvement, innovation and safety.
Last year’s winners were: BP-Husky Refining, Color Guard and Rifle Squad, Food for Thought, Penta Career Center, Riverview Industries and Terry Breymaier, person of the year.
For ticket information, call Sarah Beavers at 419-693-5580.
Sarah Beavers has rejoined the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce, this time as its executive director, replacing Deb Warnke, who retired at the end of the year..
Beavers was program coordinator from 2004 to 2007, when her position was eliminated as a cost saving measure. She most recently worked for Woodforest National Bank located within the Wal-Mart Super Center on Navarre.
Her goal is to meet with members and eventually increase membership.
She is a 1996 Clay grad and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Toledo. She is married with three children and resides in Oregon.
The chamber’s hours are Monday thru Thursday 9:00am to 3:00 and Friday, 9:00 to Noon. Call 419-693-5580.
The Press recently won three awards in the Osman C. Hooper Newspaper contest sponsored by the Ohio Newspaper Association.
John Szozda, general manager, won first place for original columns in the class for largest weekly papers. His three columns were about a divorced couple putting their differences aside to enroll, with their children, in a unique family-counseling program managed by Unison Behavioral Health Group; a Clay Township woman who vowed to keep her special needs stepchildren together after her husband died of cancer and ringing the Salvation Army bell in East Toledo.
The judges wrote, “They (these stories) provide compelling narrative about local individuals facing life’s challenges and hardships…Heart warming, inspiring and informational all at the same time.”
Larry Limpf, news editor, won second place for In-Depth Reporting for his stories about alleged misconduct of elected and appointed officials in Gibsonburg. The judges wrote, “extraordinarily well-written and an excellent example of local news at it finest…it is apparent that exhaustive research and interviews were also done by the reporter; the story was truly enhanced by his efforts.”
The Press also placed third in the general excellence category. The judges wrote, “If I wanted to know what was going on in the Eastern Maumee Bay area I would have to read The Press. Every story was local and the paper and community delivered wonderful thoughts of community living.”
The Press competes in the category for the largest weekly newspapers. The awards were presented in mid-February at the ONA’s annual convention held in Columbus.
Rey Nevarez, administrator at Orchard Villa Nursing Home in Oregon, was recently awarded Professional Certification by the American College of Health Care Administrators.
To earn certification an administrator must be licensed and have completed 40 hours of continuing education and passed a certification test.
The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce has been awarded 5-Star accreditation from the United States Chamber of Commerce. The recognition is for sound policies, effective organizational procedures and having a positive effect on the community.
The 5-Star rating is the top of three ratings given by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
At the clubs
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet Friday, March 19, 7:15 am at St. Charles Mercy Hospital. Call 419-693-9999.
Schools & skills
Gross Electric took the unusual step of closing all its stores last Tuesday to allow all 52 employees to travel to Cleveland to spend the day in training at General Electric’s Lighting Institute. There, the employees learned about the latest in LED lighting and energy-saving technologies, according to a company release.
“We felt that with the current economic conditions, it was more important than ever to invest in our employees,” Laurie Gross, president, said of the training.
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