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RACC Annual Awards Banquet a Big Success

2013 RACC Awards Banquet Marci Penner DRAKESAwards and encouragement were plenty at the 2013 Russell Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet Thursday night that was hosted at Fossil Creek Hotel and Suites in Russell.

Chamber Executive Director Kyla Reinhardt together with Chamber President Larry Calvery emceed the event. Calvery gave the Annual President's Report and followed that with the presentation of four annual Chamber awards: the Community Service Award won this year by the Russell Recreation Commission, the Business of the Year won by LaSada Sporting Clays and Hunting Service, the Non-Profit Organization of the Year awarded to the Trinity United Methodist Church Thrift Store, and the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Jeannine Byers-Long, went to Wayne and Odetta Marietta. Also, Troy Waymaster, Andrea Krauss and Don Varner were given service awards for their time spent as Chamber Board members.

Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, Marci Penner (pictured above at the podium), was the evenings keynote speaker. Penner told stories of her travels to all 600-plus incorporated Kansas towns and gave a few tips on how to become active in our communities and how to stay that way.

Meridy's Restaurant of Russell catered a full course meal for the event as well.

Pictured below are the award winners from Thursday's 2013 RACC Annual Awards Banquet. (Some photos courtesy of Drakes Digital Dreams Photography, Owner Jason Drake.)

2013 RACC Awards Banquet Community Service RRC

Community Service Award - Russell Recreation Commission

2013 RACC Awards Banquet Business of the Year LaSada DRAKES  

Business of the Year - LaSada Sporting Clays and Hunting Service

2013 RACC Awards Banquet NonProfit of the Year Thrift Store DRAKES  

Non-Profit Organization of the Year - Trinity United Methodist Church Thrift Store

2013 RACC Awards Banquet Lifetime Achievement Mariettas  

Lifetime Achievement Award - Wayne and Odetta Marietta

2013 RACC Awards Banquet chamber service award DRAKES

Chamber Service Award - Andrea Krauss, Troy Waymaster and (Not Pictured) Don Varner

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