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Year in Review

'Wonderful' chamber events drew crowds

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a fine 2013.

No, wait. It was even better than that, says President Jenny Smith.

"The Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce has had a wonderful year," she wrote in an email looking back on 2013. "Our programs and events continue to be successful for our membership and for the community."

Smith pointed to the annual chamber awards program and silent auction in March as among one of the year's highlights. Sponsored by ThisWeek Booster, the recognition event saw Donato's Pizza and manager Sean Hess chosen as Business of the Year; Kristen Steinhausser, catering manager for the Clintonville Woman's Club, as Business Person of the Year; and Mary Rodgers, president of the Clintonville Historical Society, as the ThisWeek Booster Volunteer of the Year.

The event was held at the Fawcett Center and was "exceptionally well attended," Smith wrote. "The silent auction proceeds benefit chamber programs for our members and other community events throughout the year.

The chamber held three additional events during 2013, Smith said.

"In April, we held a health fair at the Clintonville Woman's Club. Over 40 of our chamber members provided health-related information free to our community and enjoyed the added benefit of networking with other chamber businesses. The Woman's Club supplied light refreshments for the event throughout the day.

The Student Citizen Breakfast was held in May.

"This is one of our members' favorite events," Smith wrote. "We honor 55 middle school students from the eight middle schools in Clintonville. The chamber hosts a great breakfast with over 185 folks in attendance.

"Chamber members sponsor a student and their parents. Community leaders, teachers and school administrators attend as well. The students are chosen by the schools for their academic achievement and volunteerism.

"It is a great opportunity to meet our future leaders."

The second Saturday in August saw the annual Cruise the 'Ville return.

"Spectators enjoyed our biggest ever touch-a-truck display and over 220 beautiful late-model cars," Smith wrote. "There were inflatables, the Columbus Fire Department's Smoke House and Hot Wheels races for children. ... Chamber members, Columbus Recreation and Parks and the United Ford Owner and numerous businesses and volunteers provided all of the support to make this a family fun day in Clintonville."

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