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Four awards were presented Wednesday evening at the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce 2013 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner, recognizing businesses and individuals for their service to the community.
Andrew Applegate, 2013 Chamber chairman, presented awards at the event, held at the Holiday Inn Solomons Conference Center and Marina, for Chamber Member of the Year, Spirit of Small Business and two Longevity Awards for businesses that have become staples in the community.
The Chamber Member of the Year Award, which recognized a member who exemplifies service to the community and the chamber, was presented to Wayne Shoemaker, a State Farm Insurance manager and agent since 1978.
“I do this work because I love it,” Shoemaker said as he accepted the award. “You are all part of this award.”
Applegate said Shoemaker has served on many committees for the chamber, including the Ambassadors Committee. In addition to donating auction items for various chamber events, he also has supported the safe driving program for the Broomes Island National Night Out.
SJ Johnson Inc. HVAC service received the Spirit of Small Business Award. Sequan Johnson accepted the award.
“Sequan is very passionate about giving back to the community,” Applegate said. Johnson currently sits on the United Way of Calvert County Board of Directors, won the 2012 Mardi Gras King award given by United Way and supports End Hunger in Calvert County, Calvert Hospice’s Festival of Trees, the Chamber of Commerce and multiple youth sports teams.
Applegate said the Small Business of the Year Award is “designed to recognize a small business in Calvert County that exemplifies high standards, ethics and business enterprise within the county.” Considerations for the award, Applegate said, are staying power, meaning the business has been operating for at least four years, has demonstrated growth both in volume and employees, has been recognized for excellence within its industry and remains involved within the community.
SJ Johnson was established in 2001 as a part-time pool water delivery company, Applegate said. In 2002, it added fuel-oil delivery service. Since then, it has expanded its service to include HVAC, geothermal heat and propane.
For having a long-established business and supporting the community, Susan Collier, owner of Lord Calvert Bowling for the past 25 years, received a Longevity Award.
“Susan and her staff place an emphasis on being proud to serve their community through charitable giving,” Applegate said, “all the while insuring Lord Calvert Bowling provides a fun, friendly, family atmosphere for the community.”
The second Longevity Award was given to Sewell Funeral Home of Prince Frederick.
For 75 years, Applegate said, the family-operated business has continued to help and give support to the community during the difficult time of losing a loved one.
The chamber also recognized four volunteers who run various organizations within the chamber.
Victoria Ronan was recognized as chair of the Women to Women Committee. Dave Weigel was recognized as chair of Government Affairs. Clif Bridegum was recognized as chair of the Lead Share Committee, and Patricia Marple was recognized as chair of the Ambassadors Committee, which assists with ribbon cutting ceremonies for chamber businesses.