Mike and Sandy Jones are BP Citizens of the Year
If you missed the annual meeting of the Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Nov. 14, you missed out on some news.
Thirty chamber members attended the meeting.
NEWS FLASH #1: Mike and Sandy Jones have been selected as Citizens of the Year for 2018.
NEWS FLASH #2: New officers were elected for the Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce including a new vice president.
Mike and Sandy will be honored on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 at a special banquet at the Blooming Prairie Servicemen's Club.
Mike has retired as Blooming Prairie city administrator. Sandy continues to teach art in the Blooming Prairie Schools and is also involved in many volunteer activities.
Dan Peach, Blooming Prairie police officer and part-time worker at B to Z Hardware, was elected president for the next year. He has served two years as vice president.
The new vice president is Miranda Camry of Highway 218 Liquor. She will step into the presidency in two years.
Other officers elected include Sara Esplan as secretary and Judy Kittelson as treasurer. Kittelson replaces Joanne Nahlovsky, who served 35 years as chamber treasurer.
Current BP Chamber president Greg Johnson of B to Z Hardware presided at the annual meeting Nov. 14 at the Pizza Cellar.
Johnson thanked Chamber member and current Mayor H Peterson for his service as mayor the past 15 years. Peterson was defeated in the last mayoral election by Curtis Esplan.
Johnson said the chamber will recognize Mayor Peterson and his wife Jean at the next chamber meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at noon at the BP City Center.
In other business, it was announced that the annual Holiday Dazzle celebration in downtown Blooming Prairie will be on Friday, Dec. 7.
Business after Hours will be observed at F & M State Bank in Blooming Prairie from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12.
Members approved the treasurer's report and acknowledged these profits for Chamber activities: Speakeasy, $1,331.40; Golf Fun Day, $2,747.76 and Wine Tasting, $2,006.01.
Jim Fiebiger gave a detailed Blooming Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce charitable gambling report and said it was going well and is highly successful in its first year of operations at Bunkie's, the Blooming Prairie Country Club and the Cue Company.
Fiebiger recommended that a chamber executive board meeting be called to discuss how to distribute the chamber's charitable gambling proceeds. The membership will then vote on the board’s recommendation.
In other business, Leanne Hansen of A Touch of Charm was applauded for her 30-plus years in business in Blooming Prairie. She has sold her business to Jacqueline Reiter Vorlicek, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The business will now be called Prairie Home Floral, Decor & Gifts.