The Tullahoma Area Chamber of Commerce is set to celebrate the past year at its annual Membership Celebration early next month.

The annual Membership Celebration will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center.

The celebration will have a Roaring ’20s theme and feature a live and silent auction for those looking to splurge on special items.

According to Chamber Executive Director Hope Sartain, the majority of the items up for both auctions offer new and fun experiences for bidders rather than items or objects.

Each year the chamber celebrates veteran and new members while also highlighting special members, from chamber ambassadors to businesses of the year for all they’ve accomplished in the last year.

Chamber Banquet Flyer

The awards the chamber doles out at the banquet include Small Business of the Year, Business of the Year, the “Extra-Miler” award, President’s Award, Ambassador of the Year and Citizen of the year.

Last year’s winners were Rupa Blackwell (Citizen of the Year), L & H Distributing Company (Business of the Year), The Book Shelf (Small Business of the Year), Nancy Fuller (Chamber Ambassador of the Year), Odinn Media’s Kristin Luna and Scott van Velsor (Extra-Miler) and Danielle Middleton (President’s Award).

The chamber also takes time to honor the community’s CEO (Creating Educational Opportunities) partners during the banquet. Last year the chamber honored Traders Bank as the CEO Business Partner of the Year for having the “longest-serving and most active” partnership with Robert E. Lee Elementary School.

Each award winner is selected by committee, Sartain revealed. That committee is made up of a mix of chamber members, directors, ambassadors and chamber staff.

Sartain said this year the President’s Award will be replaced by the Director’s Award, as a new spin on the award celebration.

Nominations for the Citizen, Small Business, Business and CEO Business Partner of the year are still being solicited by the chamber. According to Sartain, anyone who has a business or person in mind for any of those awards should contact the chamber with that information.

“We always encourage people to make those nominations,” Sartain said.

Nominations will be taken until Thursday, Jan. 30, she said.

Once the nomination period is closed, the committee will spend the next few days deciding who will win each category.

The nominations can be from anyone in the community, whether or not they are a chamber member, Sartain added.

Erin McCullough may be reached at emccullough@tullahomanews.com.

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