Waupun chamber recognizes local businesses, citizens
The Waupun Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the second annual Waupunies Awards Night on Thursday at the newly renovated Bridges at The Rock Golf Course.
The event included a 2018 review as well as an awards presentation recognizing outstanding businesses, organizations and individuals in the community.
“We had great feedback from last year’s Waupunies, and we were excited to continue the improvements we made, taking this event from an annual meeting to an awards ceremony,” said Chamber Board President Tyler Schulz. “This was my second year being the host for the evening, and it was such a fun atmosphere.”
With more than 100 people attending, 10 awards were presented to local businesses and community members for their respective efforts to improve — and contributions to — Waupun, including:
New Business Award
: The Parlor Hair Boutique, received by owner Ashley Vande Kolk, for impacting the downtown footprint to expand further west along Main Street, providing a new business opportunity for Ashley’s team, and being an overall welcoming establishment in a beautifully designed space.
Small Business Award
: Club Fitness, accepted by Jeff and Lisa Collien, for their work to innovate and expand their business, while they focus on the wellness and healthy improvements of the residents of Waupun.
Big Business Award
: Waupun Memorial Hospital, a member of Agnesian Healthcare, accepted by DeAnn Thurmer. This award was presented to Waupun Memorial Hospital for their devotion to making our community grow and succeed, which they’ve done by completing a brand new facility for the Christian Home, and their continued support of sponsoring community events, and commitment to the health and wellness of the community members.
Customer Service Award
: SIA Insurance, accepted by Joel Sterk, Jordan Sterk and Jon Venhuizen, for their long-standing service to Waupun, as well as their commitment to go above and beyond for businesses, organizations, and individuals in the community, and continual sponsorship and support of community events.
Manufacturer of the Year
: Saputo Cheese, USA, for their standing as a top dairy processor and providing significant employment opportunities to the area, as well as commitment to our community through donations such as the one recently made to Rock River Intermediate School’s fitness center.
Young Professional of the Year
: Teresa Ruch, owner of Rock River Eyewear, for her fundamental involvement in the Chamber Board, for developing and growing the Downtown Promotions Committee and their events, and for her countless and selfless donation of her time, money, office space and talents to special events and the community in general.
: Gysber’s Jewelry, accepted by Kate Bresser. This award celebrates a business’ long-term commitment to Waupun through operations, preserving tradition and its demonstrated integrity and character to represent the community. Gysber’s Jewelry has been serving Waupun since 1874, and continues to be a staple of the community through donations and sponsorships of events, for the honest and fair treatment of customers, and the desire to continue to serve in Waupun for many years to come.
: Gysbers Jewelry, recognized by Mayor Julie Nickel and accepted by Steve and Kate Bresser, for their many years in Waupun as a family-owned business, and dedication to the entire community.
Citizen of the Year
: Kathy Schlieve, whose been responsible for so much positive change and growth in Waupun in the last few years, through her work with the CDA, BID Board, Waupun Chamber, Aging Coalition, Envision Greater Fond du Lac, Scuplt, DPC, REACH Waupun and her position with the city of Waupun as the city administrator and director of economic development. Her commitment and her love for the community shows through the work she does, and the support she gives to the citizens and business community.
: REACH Waupun, accepted by board president Kim Venhuizen. This award recognized REACH Waupun’s goal of raising poverty awareness in the community, and their dedication to continue to expand their programming and shed light on the other needs the citizens of Waupun have that are sometimes unseen or overlooked.
“The best part of the night was hearing the remarks from all the winners,” said Chamber Executive Director Ellie Tenpas. “It was great hearing how much they all love this community and contribute their success to the support they get from their members and customers, the City of Waupun, and other businesses.
“‘We all succeed together’ seemed to be a common theme, and we at the chamber are so proud to serve in a business community that cares for and builds each other up.”
To learn more about the Waupun Area Chamber of Commerce and to see a full list of all the nominees, visit WaupunChamber.com or follow the organization on Facebook at facebook.com/Waupun.area.chamber.