The Colby/Thomas County Chamber service groups did not let COVID-19 stop them from handing out their annual awards. The groups managed to surprise the winners with live presentations late last month on Facebook.
This year’s Colby/Thomas County Chamber Board of Directors Community Service award was presented to Nolan Hull (Hinkle Termite and Pest Control) for his work with the Copeland Garden.
“He has put a great deal of personal time and effort into the garden,” one nominator wrote. “He has provided much of the physical labor as well as planning how various projects will get accomplished.”
The Colby Diplomats awarded their Business Woman of the Year to Velma Goodheart (formerly of Farmers & Merchants Bank) for her work not only in her profession, but for establishing herself as a leader and public servant as well.
“Velma not only wants good things for her hometown, but is willing to roll up her sleeves and work for it,” one nomination form read.
The Colby Ambassador’s Business Person of the Year was awarded to Jerry Arensdorf (Arensdorf & Co., P.A.).
“Jerry is a superior business person,” the nominator said. “He supports lots of organizations and fundraisers for all of the schools. He is an active civic and community resident.”
Lacy Brogan (Purdy Petals) was awarded the Colby Young Professionals Up & Coming Professional of the Year award for her work in her flower and gift shop business.
“She just opened her store a couple of years ago and she has already made a success of it,” one person wrote. “She is definitely an up and comer.”