Another local chamber of commerce held its yearly dinner last night and the night was highlighted by several award winners.

The Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual dinner at the Ferdinand Community Center yesterday evening. As mentioned, award winners dominated the evening, but the most notable was Ken Sicard. Sicard, Ferdinand’s long-time town council president, was presented with the Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. Sicard says the award is an honor that he didn’t expect:

The chamber also presented its Community Service Award at last night’s dinner. Retired Ferdinand Elementary school principal Lee Begle was this year’s winner. Begle retired earlier this year after 41 years in education, 34 of those as principal of Ferdinand Elementary.

Begle says the award took him very much by surprise. He says the award was a proud moment for him personally:

Begle says he is also proud of what he accomplished during his years at Ferdinand Elementary. He says it is rewarding to see the kids that came through the elementary school grow up and contribute to society.

Additionally, the Ferdinand Chamber highlighted their ‘Profiles of Success’ for this year last night. The Welp family, specifically siblings Chris, Lisa, and Stacy, were recognized for their work since graduating from Forest Park High School.

Overall, it was a good year for the Ferdinand Chamber according to chamber president Jim Mehling. Mehling says membership has been on the rise in recent years and the community support is a big factor in the chamber’s success:

Other notable events to take place last night included a presentation from Best Home Furnishings and the state of the town address from Sicard. Sicard says the town has been progressing forward in spite of several changes, including former town manager Marc Stecyzk’s departure for Kimball Office earlier this year.