The Forest City Chamber of Commerce and Forest City Economic Development recently hosted our Annual Meeting to celebrate our accomplishments from 2017 and to give a glimpse of what is planned for 2018. There was a large crowd in attendance for the event representing our volunteers and local businesses, as well as partners from other communities that have a vested interest in Forest City. A great part of this event is being able to recognize our area individuals and businesses for accomplishments.
We recognized two businesses that are celebrating 40 year anniversaries this year, FCIS Insurance and KIOW Radio. A couple years ago we honored two businesses that were celebrating 100 year anniversaries, TSB Bank and Famer’s Coop. We are very fortunate that we have a rich history of business opportunities here, and have very helpful people that are willing to assist in what it takes for success. We also awarded Karin Carlson the Volunteer of the Year award, for her service to the Winnebago Historical Society and Heritage Park of North Iowa. Her dedication is a great example of how cheerfully Forest City volunteers give their time to what they are passionate about.
One award unique to our city is the John K. & Luise V. Hanson Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given to an individual that has consistently given of their volunteer time, talents and, at times, resources, for something they are passionate about to create a better Forest City for all residents. The recipients of this award, which has been awarded since 1999, are varied in their achievements and passions, but one thing they all had in common was their dedication to Forest City’s progress. This year we recognized the late Gaylord Wooge as the 2018 recipient of the lifetime achievement award. Additionally, a new award that was given out this year was the Gaylord Wooge Service Award for passion and dedication to the Parks and Recreation Department in Forest City. The recipient of that award was the Tim Nelson Family. It was interesting to hear from both families that neither of these men would have wanted an award for what they did, it was just something they were passionate about.
Our Annual Meeting is a time to reflect on the progress we have made in the past year and what is planned for the year ahead, but also a time to celebrate the businesses and volunteers that help to make Forest City great. The Forest City Chamber and Forest City Economic Development both welcome anyone with an idea for a new business, to assist you in setting you up to succeed. There are also plenty of opportunities to volunteer with any of our local civic and social groups, to follow your passion, you might be surprised at what all you can contribute when you take that opportunity.