An evening of mingling, dining, and stellar awards was enjoyed by a packed house at the Knights of Columbus on Thursday evening as the Boonville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2018 annual meeting, installation banquet and 2017 Awards Ceremony.
The local ROTC Presented Colors followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
An excellent dinner was catered by Shannon Twenter and Luke Haller. It was truly a fine dining experience.
Dr. Jim Gann spoke on the real story about economic development.
The most important part of the evening revolved around the presentation of the Awards.
The Special Recognition Award is given to a person or organization that stands out in our community that deserves praise for all that they do for Boonville/Cooper County.
“He was an Army Combat Medic in the 1st Calvary Division and served in Vietnam. He retired as an E7 Sergeant First Class. He's a Purple Heart recipient. He started his time here in Boonville at Kemper Military school in 1989 and was the Junior High Hall Supervisor. While at Kemper, he went above and beyond taking many kids in under his wing and into his home as official and unofficial foster children. He has handled the broadcasts of the City Council Meetings on cable for 26 years. He has been a member of Santa Fe Baptist Church many years and has led the Men's Sunday School faithfully for over six years as well as the Choir each Sunday. What is needed at his church...he simply gives. He brought the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to Boonville twice and has made several mission trips back to Vietnam. He has been an employee of KWRT for almost eight years, covering countless city council meetings, school board meetings, and writing and collecting news to deliver to you each day on the radio.”
Georgia Esser and Robin Billings had the honor of presenting Mr. Bob Bosma with the Special Recognition Award.
The Bringing National Recognition to the Boonville Area Award is self-explanatory.
“In 1999, Greg and Danita Wood revived Missouri Life Magazine after it was dormant for well over a decade. Starting from a clean slate, they grew the magazine from its humble beginnings in their basement to a magazine that reaches over 130,000 readers. The magazine encompasses all the aspects that should be in the magazine—including Missouri’s stunning scenery, its fascinating people, its rich past, and energetic present. Accomplishing this is no easy task. It takes a team of dedicated whole-hearted Missourians to continue the endeavor and vision. In addition to a sizable number of dedicated readers, Missouri Life has received many awards from state and international organizations, including the IRMA (International Regional Magazine Association) Magazine of the Year Award in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Most recently, Missouri Life received an Emmy for its Missouri Life TV Show, which now has completed three successful seasons. This emphasizes what makes Missouri a great destination. Missouri Life is much more than the only subscription-based magazine in the state, it is a full production and events entity. From producing special publications throughout the year, it also has pursued endeavors in travel and events. From Big Bam (Bicycle Across Missouri) to showcasing places to visit in the Show-Me-State, Missouri Life has grown past paper into a way of life. For more than a decade, Boonville has been the home of Missouri Life and inspiration of some of the features that have graced the magazine and TV Show. The Staff is happy to be located right in the heart of the state, as they seek the beating pulse of Missouri.”
The Bringing National Recognition to the Boonville Area Award was presented to Missouri Life by Josh Snoddy and Edward Lang.
The new partner award is given to a new Chamber business that has thrown themselves into the community wholeheartedly.
“They are a business that has gone above and beyond for the Chamber and the community. This year's recipient exemplifies what it means to be a committed member of our business community. A little over one year ago, W-K opened two new automotive dealerships in Boonville: W-K Ford and W-K Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. From the moment they opened, owners Ken (Dad), and sons Kyle and Kelsey have embraced our community and demonstrated support and kindness that exceeded our expectations. Not only have they been an active member of our chamber, they've also sponsored countless local events that have benefited our community as a whole; from donating cars for us to use in various parades to hosting a portion of the progressive dinner just weeks after coming to town. Next year, W-K will celebrate 100 years in business. When asked what contributes to their longevity, their answer was simple: 'We treat people the way we want to be treated.'”
Vicki Zeller had the honor of presenting the New Partner Award to the W-K Family of Dealerships.
The Presidents’ Award was presented by Laura Gramlich.
“We have a great network of people, businesses, friends and family to rely on to get things done. It is this team dedication that has been recognized and why the Chamber is presenting the President's Award, not to an individual or business, but to an organization that has pulled together and amassed great talent, dedication, and drive to make a difference in our community.”
It began in March of 1981 with an invitation to a Welcoming luncheon. With more than enough interest to start a service organization and the ladies wasted no time in creating a nomination committee for officers, project committee, program committee and the Thrift Shop Committee. They became registered as an organization with the State of Missouri on June 8, 1981.  The ladies have never stopped being an active role in the committee and continue to support throughout e year. Today, they give over $4,000 annually to several charities. A simple cookie fundraiser was started in 2011 and funded one $250 scholarship. Today they fund three $750 scholarships. This year the ladies made 890 dozen cookies. For the record, that’s over 10,000 cookies. And they still had calls for more.”
Laura Gramlich had the honor of presenting the President’s Award to the Boonville Women’s Club.  
The Pat Jackson Distinguished Service Award is awarded to honor long time Chamber secretary Pat Jackson.
“This year's winner of the Pat Jackson Distinguished Service Award is no stranger to service. When you think of service to and in our community, he's probably one of the first people that come to your mind. If there is a board in town, he's probably serving on it. Chances are, he's leading said board. From the Boonslick Heartland YMCA, Chair of the Boonville Community Foundation, Vice President of the board for Unlimited Opportunities and Boonslick