The night will be filled with entertainment starting at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour that will feature the music of Charlie Leissler. Also, for the first time we will be running a slideshow during the social hour that features the growth and development of Cherokee County for the year 2009. This social hour is a time to network with others from throughout the county and reconnect with or get to know new members of our communities.
A buffet starting at 6:30 p.m. will follow the social hour. The buffet will feature roast beef, herb-roasted pork, oven-roasted potatoes, green beans almandine, lettuce salad, a variety of breads, coffee, tea, bottled water courtesy of Blaine's Culligan, and an assortment of delicious fresh-baked pies all catered by Hy-Vee Food Store.
As the dinner is finishing, the presentation of awards will begin. Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation starts the award process by recognizing area businesses that have remodeled, expanded or started new business, and also recognizes new managers and new business owners.
As soon as these certificates have been distributed, the Award Ceremony begins. This year presentations will be made by the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation, Cherokee Industrial Corporation, Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, Business and Professional Women, Aurelia Economic Development , Marcus for Progress, Cherokee County Farm Bureau, and the Cities of Cleghorn, Cherokee, Quimby and Washta.
After the awards ceremony, everyone will be treated to the wisdom and inspiration offered by our guest speaker, Pat McGill. Pat McGill is founder and president of McGill Speaking and Training Resources (www.patmcgill.net). A former middle-school teacher and adjunct professor of human relations, Pat holds a master's degree in education from St. Mary's University in Minnesota. She's convinced, however, that her talents are rooted in her Midwestern upbringing, Irish heritage -- and an early adventure in pageantry: "Before being named Miss Congeniality in the Miss South Dakota pageant, I tripped upon entering the judging room, then fell down! But I got up and asked if they wanted to see more. They did, and I've been tripping up ever since -- learning lessons and passing them on to those who'll listen."
As a member of the National Speakers Association, Pat presents professional development keynotes and workshops on such topics as change, leadership, and relationship building. Her "Pat-tested, Boomer-approved" material is at once entertaining and informative, and helps her to engage those of varying backgrounds, and in different life stages, professions and industries. A certified Psycho-Geometrics® trainer, Pat is further positioned to facilitate effective communication strategies that appeal to a variety of learning styles. You absolutely won't want to miss her. By the time Pat is done you feel rejuvenated and ready to get out there and make things happen. Don't miss this great opportunity.
Sponsors for this year's event to date are: MidAmerican Energy, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, Alliant Energy, Central Bank, Cherokee State Bank, Valley Bank and Trust, North Star Community Credit Union, First Trust and Savings Bank, Heritage Bank, and Farmers State Bank.
Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation office, 418 W. Cedar St., Cherokee, IA 51012 (225-5739 or 800-325-5739), and the Cherokee Chamber office (located in Cherokee City Hall). All reservations for tickets must be made by Wednesday, March 3.