Chamber Recognition Events
Honoring People Who Deserve Our Thanks
Farm and City Recognition Event
The Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce AgriBusiness Committee hosts the Farm and City Recognition Event annually in March, highlighting the role of agriculture between rural and urban folks.
Recognition of Agriculture Awards:
Outstanding Young Farmer(s) is a farmer between 21-39 years of age, utilizing innovative farming methods, has made improvement in farming operations, and demonstrates service to community organization and conservation practices. Outstanding Young Farmer criteria includes: agriculture career (50%), soil and water conservation practices (25%), and contribution to the well being of the community, state, and nation (25%).
Farm Family of the Year is a Waseca County food producer involved in the community. The family has made significant short-term progress and/or innovative contributions with their agricultural endeavors and has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing and supporting the fields of agriculture and production.
Distinguished Agricultural Leadership recognizes distinguished individuals who have dedicated their lives to the advancement of agriculture in Waseca County. Individuals will have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the community, place of business or employment, and the advancement of the agricultural industry. Nomination form
Business and Industry Recognition Event
Held in October of each year, recognizing local business and industry as a dynamic part of Waseca area's economy, making Waseca a better place to live and work. The chamber business community acknowledges the important role that business plays in our economy.
Business of the Year is recognized annually at this event. The Business of the Year Award's criteria is based on the timeliness and significant milestone events and the longevity of the business, employee impact, successfulness, and business an community impact.
The Community Awards Event, held annually in January, is the one night out of the year we gather together to recognize our local citizens who work hard to help better our community. Thank you to the recipients for your time and skills in developing our great community, you truly make a difference.
The Chamber of Commerce coordinates the Boss of the Year, Community Development and Young Professional Distinguished Service Award. These awards are selected by former recipients.
The Exchange Club selects the Book of Golden Deeds Award which is designed to recognize men and women whose sacrificed for public good is motivated by an innate desire to help others; to honor those individuals whose good deeds otherwise go without notice, and to recognize the exemplary efforts of Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, and School and Community Volunteers for the efforts they invest for the further inspiration and development of children and students.
Each year Rotary selects a recipient as the Service Above Self Award. It represents an outstanding volunteer who has provided exceptional service to the Waseca Community in one or two focus areas for several years. The Rotary recipient must demonstrate a commitment to service, organization, or cause for many years and have made a lasting contribution to the community in the form of volunteering.
The recipient of the Community Development Award focuses on volunteers of organizations as opposed to staff, encourages the promotion & advancement of community development and demonstrate through time, commitment, attitude and results demonstrated that there is a long-term benefit to the Waseca community.
Boss of the Year is a respected supervisor, leader and mentor who supervise a significant number of employees. This individual is involved and contributes to the well being of the community.
The recipient of the Young Professional Distinguished Service Award is an individual between 18-40 years old and a resident of Waseca. This individual has “given themselves” through civic involvement and community development.
The Waseca County Distinguished Agricultural Leadership Award is a prestigious award given to recognize and honor individuals (active, senior active and posthumous) who have dedicated their lives to the advancement of agricultural industry in the Waseca County area through demonstration of leadership in the community, and/or their place of business. The ‘active’ award is announced at Community Awards Event and the ‘senior active’ and ‘posthumous’ are announced at the Farm and City Luncheon in March.
The recipient of the Don Eustice Community Service Award is an individual who is involved in a variety of organizations and projects as well as those who have truly made a difference in the community. Tradition has it the recipient is a secret and will be announced at the end of the event.
2017 Chamber Community Award Recipients:
Bill Hoversten-Boss of the Year
Penny Vought-City of Waseca Human Rights AwardBrad Milbrath-Exchange Club Book of Golden DeedsDeb Wantoch-Yess-Rotary Club Service Above Self AwardAnn Fitch-Young Professional Distinguished Service AwardMike Jevning for Tracy Jevning-Don Eustice Community Service Award
Waseca County Humane Society-Community Development Award