The barbecue for the dinner was provided by Representative Curren Everett with sides from White Oak Station and Town & Country Super Market. No Buns BBQ provided the dessert. After the meal, Chamber President Holly Pate presented the 2009 awards.
The business award was presented to Christy Shaver co-owner of Shaver's Plumbing and Hardware. Christy and her brother Billy are third generation owners of the business which was started by their grandfather John Shaver in 1963 in his home on Highway 9 South. Christy and Billy assumed ownership of the store in 1999 after the death of their father. The store carries a wide variety of plumbing and hardware merchandise and is always a supporter of the Salem community.
Jim and Sue Bicker received the Educators of the Year award. The Bickers have a combined teaching career of 66 years. Jim taught for 30 years before retiring and Sue has taught for 36 years and will soon be joining Jim in retirement. Except for a few years early in their teaching career in Missouri, they have spent their teaching years at Salem High School. Jim taught American History, Geography, World History, Economics, Global Studies, and Civics and Sue teaches English and Spanish. They are both very involved in church and community projects.
Janie Flynn presented an award to the 2009 Farm Family of the Year, the Devin and Janet Smoot family of Mammoth Spring. The Smoots and their daughters Sierra and Shyannia operate a beef cattle farm in the Fryatt community. Part of the farm was owned by Janet's grandfather. In addition to farming Devin serves a safety coordinator for Burlington-Northern Railroad and Janet is employed by Mammoth Spring School. The girls are active in school athletics, 4-H and FFA.
The Salem Chamber of Commerce board of directors want to thank everyone who helped make the 2009 Awards Banquet so successful. A special thanks goes to those who donated the food and items for the silent auction and to those who purchased items. Funds from the auction will be used for chamber community projects.