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The Chamber recently honored 60 area high school seniors and their chosen educators at the 34th Annual Excellence in Education Banquet. Students represented 10 area high schools.
Each participating school selects honored students based primarily on academic achievement, although other important attributes, such as leadership, character, enthusiasm, community involvement, communication skills and self-motivation, also were considered. The Excellence in Education Banquet also recognizes an additional student from each school who has exhibited extraordinary qualities and effort, above and beyond what is considered normal or expected, and who is quite likely not a top academic achiever. Each student was asked to select an educator who incited a special interest in a specific subject or learning in general, demonstrated exceptional knowledge, served as a mentor or caused the student to do more than what might be considered possible.
For a list of all student and educator honorees, click here.
In addition, the following honorees received Special Educator Awards:
Gerald Bauer, owner of JB Systems and a former Excellence in Education honoree from Memorial High School, was the keynote speaker. Bob Gallaher of WEAU 13 News was the emcee.
The event is made possible by the following sponsors:
Platinum Sponsor: Marshfield Clinic
Gold Sponsors: Banbury Place, Bush Brothers, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire Area School District, Fall Creek Lions Club, HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph’s Hospitals, Madison St. Auto Body Inc., Mayo Clinic Health System, McDonough Manufacturing Company, Memorial High School Student Council, NBI, Inc., North High School Student Council, PESI, Inc., Regis Catholic Schools, Rhom Construction, Royal Credit Union, School District of Eleva-Strum, SDS Architects, Senn Blacktop, Student Transit-Eau Claire, Sylvan Learning Center and Weld, Riley S.C.
Silver Sponsors: Eau Claire Energy Cooperative, Lions Club of Mondovi, Manpower, Marten Transport, Ltd., Minnesota Wire, Osseo-Fairchild School District, Realityworks, Inc, School District of Mondovi, UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc.
Bronze Sponsors: AAUW, Altoona Area Foundation, Altoona Board of Education, Associated Bank, Augusta School District, CliftonLarsonAllen, Eau Claire Area Retired Educators Association, Eau Claire Association of Educators, Fall Creek School District, Hillside Dental, Kris Javurek, Kleven Real Estate, L&M Mail & Courier, REALiving, Ryberg Law Firm, School District of Altoona, School District of Gilmanton, United Bank – Osseo Office, United Bank – Eleva Office, United Bank – Mondovi Office, Unity Bank and Wipfli.
In-Kind Sponsors: Altoona High School, Brent Douglas Flowers, Bill Hoepner and UW-Eau Claire.
What an amazing 104th Annual Meeting! On April 17, 680 attendees celebrated the accomplishments of our 1,215 members. This event was held at UW-Eau Claire Davies Center. The Chamber's leadership was transferred from Board Chair, Tim Benedict, Benedict Refrigeration to Laura Talley, BMO Harris Bank . Pete Farrow, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire served as the emcee.
Tim Benedict, Benedict Refrigeration-Board Chair
Laura Talley, BMO Harris Bank - Board Chair Elect
Terry McHugh, WEAU 13 News- Secretary/Treasurer
Dave Johnson, EO Johnson Business Technologies - Past Chair
Scott Biederman, Musky Tank
Mark Faanes, Wipfli
Paul Kohler, Charter Bank
Jerry Shea, Market & Johnson
Steve Anderson, Ruder Ware LLSC
Jason Craig, Mayo Clinic Health System
Ned Donnellan, Donnellan Real Estate
Anne Hargrave-Thomas, Oakleaf Surgical Hospital
Scott Hoffmann, Wisconsin Independent Network
Margo Keys, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Nicole Lasker, Lasker Jewelers
Paul Madsen, RainMaster Lawn Systems
Nick Meyer, Volume One
Andy Neborak, Eau Claire Express Baseball
Dale Poynter, SDS Architects
Daneille Strong, Weld Riley, S.C.
Lynn Thompson, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative
Jason Vance, Ken Vance Motors
Nick White, Live in Eau Claire
Amy Wolfe, Trubilt Collision Center
MaiVue Xiong, Weld Riley
NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Aaron Black, EO Johnson Business Technologies
Michelle Heinzen, Bremer Bank
Small Business of the Year
Rainmaster Lawn Systems
Woman of Achievement
Emily Moore, Feed My People Food Bank
Ambassador of the Year
Mary Glassbrenner, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire AND
Marianne Klinkhammer, Gator Garb Promotions
Chamber Volunteer of the Year
Jenna Ziegler, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire
Outstanding Young Professional
Aaron Black, EO Johnson Business Technologies
Public Employee of the Year
Gregg Moore, Former Eau Claire County Board Chair
Thank you to our Sponsors:
Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire - Entertainment & After Party
WEAU 13 News - Video Production
Northwestern Bank - Printing
Bauman Associates Ltd.
Charter Bank Eau Claire
Eau Claire Press Company
EO Johnson Business Technologies
HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals
Market & Johnson, Inc.
Royal Credit Union
Rhom Construction - Ambassador of the Year
Royal Credit Union - Chamber Volunteer of the Year
Northwestern Bank - Community Development
Market & Johnson, Inc. - Outstanding Young Professional
B-Framed Galleries - Public Employee of the Year
Small Business of the Year - Charter Bank & Wipfli LLP
Woman of Achievement - HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph's hospitals, Ken Vance Motors, and McDonough Manufacturing Company
Festival Foods & Badger Liquor- wine
Brent Douglas Flowers - table centerpieces
BMO Harris Bank - parking shuttle
Student Transit - for providing the buses
UW-Eau Claire Foundation - Music as you arrived by the Robert Baca Quartet
RCU Business Loans And Services - Reception
Ruder Ware - Hors d’oeuvres
Cascades Tissue Group
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Commonweal Development Corporation
Eau Claire Energy Cooperative
Gator Garb Promotions
Mayo Clinic Health System
McDonough Manufacturing Company
Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C.
Weld Riley, S.C.
WESTconsin Credit Union
Woods and Water Realty
WQOW TV 18
Eau Claire Energy Cooperative and Lasker Jewelers - $1000 Shopping spree with Chamber Buy Local Bucks. $1000 Value Winner: Josh Boxx, Boxx Sanitation
Rhom Construction & Skywest Airlines (United)—A weekend in Chicago with two round trip airline tickets and a $700 Visa Card. $1200 Value
Winner: Brianne Markin, Beaver Creek Reserve
Williams Diamond Center & Bourget Law/IntellectualGems
Custom Teva designed pendant holding a 1.54 Kunzite surrounded by a halo of champagne diamonds . Retail: $1,832
Winner: Barb Oas, Royal Credit Union
Stepanie Shreve, CJC Company won $25 in Chamber Buy Local Bucks for taking the most photos via our new Grouve App.
The Eau Claire Chamber staff enjoyed starring in this introduction video for the emcee. Our thanks to Chelsea Seckora, graphic designer for filming and editing.
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