"We had excellent member support," said Sheila House, Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce executive director. "We showed off the newly remodeled Shell Knob/Viola Community building, and the food was wonderful.
"My favorite part is always the awards," said House. "This is a community made up of people with a volunteer spirit, and many folks are deserving of recognition."
The Shell Knob Chamber presented two community members and one business with honorary awards this year. Marcia and Rick Perkins, owners of Paradise Cove Camping Resort, received the 2011 Business Persons of the Year Award, and Melissa Graham and Judy Reynolds were presented with 2011 Community Service Awards.
"This year was particularly special because all three recipients were genuinely surprised," said House. "I enjoy watching people's faces as they figure out they are the ones receiving the honor.
"It is delightful to watch hard working, genuine people, who take on volunteer tasks year-after-year for no reason other than community spirit, get a good healthy pat on the back," added House.
Marcia and Rick Perkins were selected as Business Persons of the Year in honor of the generous donation they made to the 2011 Shakin' in the Shell Fest. The couple also supports numerous other activities in the Shell Knob community.
Graham and Reynolds were recognized for the service they have provided during countless chamber activities over the last 18 years.
Dale Peters, John Peters and Steve Roney provided musical entertainment for the event, and Jim Fohn catered the barbecue meal.
During the dinner, House took a few moments to speak about the past year and say thank you to all of the volunteers who assisted with chamber activities.
Rusty Rickard, outgoing chamber president, introduced Eddie Davison, who gave the invocation, and Roger Pinnell, incoming chamber president.
Other incoming board members recognized during the event were: Debbie Vawter, vice president; Reynolds, secretary and treasurer; Graham; Pat Bingley; Vicki Shaffer; Howard Trimble; Dave Fielder; John Coonrod; Dawn Forsythe; and Rickard.
Graham oversaw the decor for this year's membership dinner. Table decorations were donated by area businesses.