Nominations open for M-I community awards

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Nominations are now being accepted for the Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce’s 50th annual Community Awards Banquet, which will be presented March 13.

The nomination and voting process will consist of a two-part series, a primary ballot and a final ballot.

Community members may nominate people for individual awards in the following categories: First Citizen, Distinguished Service, Junior Citizen, Educator of the Year and Education Support Staff Employee of the Year.

All chamber member businesses will be included in the initial voting for the business awards for the following categories: Retail Service, Nonprofit or Organization, Food and Beverage Service, Personal Service Provider and Professional Services Provider.

The primary ballot runs through Feb. 13. A selection committee will determine the individual award winners, whereas the top three recipients in each business or organization category will appear on the final ballot.

The final ballot will be open Feb. 18-25 and will list the top three vote recipients in each business or organization category as determined by the primary ballot.

All winners will be announced at the 50th annual Community Awards Banquet, which begins at 5:30 p.m. with social hour on March 13 at Eola Hills Wine Cellars in Rickreall.

Tickets will be available after Monday.

For more information: 503-838-4268;

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