Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet to recognize outstanding members of the community and to install new officers Nov. 17 at the Lantern Room in the Hill High Hotel.
Paul Sulser, an active participant in the auxiliary police among other activities, was elected chamber president, Dorothy Batley as vice president, Susie Herron as secretary and Bonnie Zoccolla as treasurer.
Awards were also presented for the Citizen of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Chamber Member of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
Bob Goodwin was recognized as Citizen of the Year for directing the two main events of Horseshoe's July 4th celebration.
Goodwin started the July 4th parade in 1984 and the Horseshoe Bend Car Show in 1986.
Goodwin is also credited with bringing Baxter Regional Medical Center medical office into Horseshoe Bend earlier this year after White River Medical Center closed its satellite office in town.
"His years of work have been for the people of Horseshoe Bend, whether it's enjoying the Fourth or providing additional health care," said Susie Herron, current chamber president, before she presented Goodwin with the award.
The Business Person of the Year award went to Fran Gray of Gray's Custom Saddlery.
Gray moved to Horseshoe from Bartlett, Tenn., with her husband John in 2003. She became involved with the Arkansas Community of Excellence Committee in the health care area and worked with Tammy Campos, owner of Tammy's Fine Furniture, to bring the mobile mammogram clinic to Horseshoe. Also, with the help of ASU personnel, she started the monthly diabetic clinics in Horseshoe where diabetics make food for fellow diabetics.
Gray is also credited with getting the grant that made the walking trail at the new library possible. The ribbon cutting for the walking trail will be Dec. 2.
"She promotes 'shopping at home' with a frenzy and anyone that goes in their business will hear what a wonderful place Horseshoe Bend is to live," said Herron before presenting Gray with the award.
Jackie Kizer received a "hurrah" as she was awarded Chamber Member of the Year.
"Her efforts this past year in either spearheading or helping out every single chamber event has certainly earned her the label of chamber member of the year," said Dorothy Batley, who presented the Chamber Member and Volunteer Awards.
Pat Steinberg was recognized as Volunteer of the Year. It was noted that Steinberg volunteers one day out of every week.
Steinberg organized the July 4th games and worked on Trunk or Treat, Toys for Kids and Santa at the Mall.
"Her devotion to the chamber and willingness to help make our many events a success have not gone unnoticed," said Batley.
The next event the chamber has lined up is Santa at the Chamber on Dec. 17 by the Chamber office in the mall at Horseshoe. Children will be able to play games and have their picture taken with Santa.
The next Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce members' meeting will be Jan. 10, 2006.