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March 21, 2019

3/13/2019 11:13:00 AM
Robinson Chamber presents community awards
Two long-time members of the Robinson business community, a long-time employer and a group of young up-and-comers were honored during the annual Robinson Chamber of Commerce banquet Monday.

Nearly 140 guests were in attendance at the Robinson Community as individuals and businesses were recognized for their contributions to the community.

Jerry Bailey was recognized for his outstanding community service over the years.

One of his endeavors has been serving as tournament director of last year's Ohio Valley Babe Ruth Tournament. The annual tournament brings in teams and hundreds of fans from Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois as they compete for a spot in the Babe Ruth World Series.

The tournament director is in charge of organizing the entire event and spends many months organizing others to help with tasks like taking tickets, preparing the program, organizing umpires, field preparation and organizing the opening banquet for the tournament. Robinson has hosted it five times in the last decade, more than any other community.

Former chamber Executive Director Mary Kindt was presented with the Daniel Q. Adams Award in recognition of the countless hours she dedicated to the organization.

Kindt, who retired in December, has always been one of the chamber's biggest supporters and was always promoting the chamber and its members. Her door was always open and she helped countless people learn about Robinson and what was happening in our community.

Dana Power Technologies was presented with the award for outstanding business/industry in the community.

The company opened in Robinson in 1967 with just 13 employees. It now has more than 150 employees, having added 40 new workers in 2018. It is a certified GOLD supplier for Caterpillar, a certified partner supplier with John Deere and was awarded GM supplier of the year for the fifth year in a row.

The company has also been passionate about community involvement, including hosting the Crawford County CEO program at their location for over three months. They have also donated to a number of local non-profits and contributed to the local United Way.

The Crawford County CEO program was also honored. The student group was presented with the Hometown Youth Pride Award for its efforts to bring economic development to Crawford County.

Since the program began, 90 students have received entrepreneurship education. Students collaborate on a class business project and become business owners themselves by starting individual ventures.

Also during the banquet, chamber President Chris Forde updated the audience on chamber activities.

Since Kindt's retirement, Lisa Schaefer, formerly of Evansville, has stepped in as the new executive director. Forde said she brings a wealth of experience with her from her time with the Evansville Chamber of Commerce and many other endeavors there.

The group is launching a "lunch and learn" program. This give members an opportunity hear from experts in topics designed to make their business and employees stronger. It is also looking at other ways members can network.

A "Made in Robinson" campaign, which will feature apparel and other merchandise that will "let people show off their pride in this great community," is being planned.

Forde also mentioned the chamber's new logo and weekly newsletter and said its website is in the process of being relaunched.

"This is a very exciting time for the Robinson Chamber of Commerce," he said. "The Chamber has always been an advocate for businesses and organizations in Robinson and we're looking at new ways we can better serve not only the community, but our members."

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