1 community, 1 mission, many hats. That was the rallying cry for one local county’s future.

Last night, the Spencer County Regional Chamber of Commerce held their annual dinner in the Celebration Room of the Santa’s Lodge in Santa Claus. The night marked the appointment of new officers for this upcoming year. Jeff Hilgenhold (who represents Southern Indiana Power) will be serving as the new board president while Kyle Knieriem (representing German American Bank) will be the new vice president.

During a brief speech, Hilgenhold touched on both the need to attract more residents to the county and keeping the money local. On the first point, Hilgenhold says attracting the younger generation to the county is very important:

As for keeping the money local, Hilgenhold says the chamber added a new incentive this past year in the form of certificates. These certificates, known as Chamber Bucks, were designed as a way to keep people in the community through incentives according to Hilgenhold:

Last night’s meeting also marked the final one for outgoing chamber board president Dan Rininger (who represents Rininger Consulting). Rininger says though some of his goals may not have been achievable, he’s proud of the things that did get accomplished:

Last night’s keynote speaker was Susan Fowler, who kept the crowd entertained with many different hats in keeping with the theme of the night.

Finally last night, the chamber handed out several major awards for 2013. The biggest presentation of the night was the 2013 Legacy Award. That award was presented to the family of the late Phil Koch. Koch passed away on April 9th of last year after being in the hospital for just over a week after he suffered cardiac arrest. Koch was 47 years old at the time of his passing. In other awards, Schum Monuments of Dale was named as the Business of the Year, St. Henry-based Steckler Grass Fed Farms was the Member of the Year, incoming chamber president Jeff Hilgenhold was the Board Member of the Year, and the Ambassador of the Year award was presented to Doris Frakes, who serves with the Spencer County Fair.

Now last night’s dinner can be viewed in its entirety on our television partner 18 WJTS this upcoming Monday evening at 7:30 pm following the regular evening newscast.