Chamber seeks nominations


As the Miles City Area Chamber of Commerce prepares to welcome in the new year, it’s once again time to honor those in the community who made an impact in 2013.

The Annual Citizens of the Year Banquet & Awards Ceremony will be held Thursday, January 16, 2014. No-host cocktail hour, at the Town & Country Club, will be at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the Citizen of the Year Awards.

The chamber is encouraging community members to nominate candidates for the awards. The deadline for nominations is January 6.

“What we want people to do is to think about the kind of people that have gone out and done things that are of value to our community,” said Chamber Executive Director John Laney. “There are all kinds of things that happen throughout the year that we may take for granted, but are worthy of recognition. We want to get the people who deserve to be recognized, recognized.”

The awards will be presented in six categories: Agriculture, business (any company in any business field, who has shown significant contributions to, or outstanding success in, their industry), individual (any individual, not necessarily in an ownership capacity, who has made significant contributions to, or outstanding success in, their profession or field), senior citizen volunteer (any retired person, not connected with a business or profession, who has made significant contributions to a business, profession, or organization in Southeastern Montana), volunteer (any individual (not retired) who has made a significant (non-compensated) contribution to an organization or group in Southeastern Montana) and the Harvey Wolke Award. 

A nomination form and the criteria for each award can be found on the Chamber’s website at

Citizens of the Year are chosen annually, except for recipients of the Harvey Wolke Award, which is given only when an individual or group is cited for outstanding community betterment, civic vision and the ability to motivate and guide these efforts.

As in previous years, the winners will be announced before the banquet, rather than at the banquet itself. The decision was made to announce the winners early to give residents the opportunity to come out and honor them.

“We acknowledge the winners early on in the process so that the people who want to be there can,” Laney said. “This way, everyone will know ahead of time and people can make their plans accordingly. The more recognition the winners can get, the better.”