Chamber honors Moats during annual banquet


Sandy Moats, manager of Monticello Carpet & Interiors, Commercial Club member, and Pocket Park Committee member, received the chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the Jan. 18 annual banquet. Honoring Moats is 2016 chamber president Erin Cox.

Boulders Inn & Suites in Monticello received the Community Pride Award for economic development during the Jan. 18 banquet. Front from left is chamber board member Brian Cassidy, Boulders’ stareholder Jerry Retzlaff, Boulders Manager Jennifer Hewitt, and chamber board member Monica Gray. Backrow, stareholders Greg Kromminga and John Harms. (Photos by Kim Brooks)

B.E. Fitness & Training Center was the recipient of the chamber’s Community Pride Award for renovations. From left are 2016 chamber president Erin Cox, B.E. Fitness Manager Andrea Hall, and chamber board member Tris Langdon.

The Monticello Farmers Market, managed by Peg Mere, received the Community Pride Award for community services. From left are chamber board member Rick Meyer, Mere, and chamber board member Jared Lasley.
Community Pride awards go to Boulder, B.E., farmer market
By: 
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     The Monticello Area Chamber Banquet was held on Jan. 18 at the Monticello Golf Club.

     Every year the chamber honors several businesses and/or organizations as part of the Community Pride Awards. This year’s recipients were:

     • Boulders Inn & Suites. Boulders was honored for economic development. The new hotel in Monticello opened its doors in May 2016. The hotel is located adjacent to Kirkwood’s Jones Regional Education Center. The two-floor hotel has 32 rooms, and serves a hot breakfast every morning in the lobby.

     Accepting the award on behalf of Boulders was Manager Jennifer Hewitt and hotel stareholders Jerry Retzlaff, Greg Kromminga and John Harms.

     • B.E. Fitness & Training Center. B.E. Fitness received the award for renovations. The facility, now owned and operated by Bud and Georgia Johnson, opened its doors in December 2016 after an extensive remodel. Inside you’ll find all new equipment and rooms for several fitness classes that are now offered locally.

     Accepting on behalf of B.E. Fitness was Manager Andrea Hall.

     • Monticello Farmers Market. The farmers market was honored for providing a service to the community. The market is now located inside the new Willow Shelter at the Baty Disc Golf Course (next to Pizza Ranch). The market averages about 10 vendors, with a high of 14 at one time. They are open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Everything sold is homegrown or homemade by local people.

     Accepting on behalf of the farmers market was Manager/organizer Peg Mere.

     This year’s recipient of the chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award was Sandy Moats. Moats is co-manager of Monticello Carpet & Interiors in downtown Monticello. She also serves on the Commercial Club and the Pocket Park Committee.

     Moats is no stranger to the downtown landscape of Monticello. In November 1984, she opened women’s apparel and clothing store Lacey’s alongside Connie Dirks. Moats and Diane Gray manage Monticello Carpet, which reopened at its original location in August 2015 after a devastating downtown fire in November 2012.

     Moats was well-deserving of the Lifetime honor because of her unending support of Monticello, her amazing volunteer efforts, and her big heart for helping people.

     Moats thanked the chamber for the award, saying it left her speechless.

     “As I look through the crowd, I feel blessed because I’ve worked among a lot of you in many capacities,” acknowledged Moats. “Without all of your volunteering with me, we wouldn’t be getting anything done.”

     Moats said she is quite passionate about Monticello and its downtown district.

     “I welcome all of you to join with me,” she said.

     So much good came out of Monticello in 2016, the chamber felt the need to recognize honorable mentions for the year as well: Sue Ballou and Dan Goodyear for their work organizing the beer tent at the fair every year, Jean Sullivan with Heart & Soul, the Pocket Park Committee, the City of Monticello, and the Great Jones County Fair.

     The chamber also thanked 2016 Chamber President Erin Cox for her year of service. Stepping down after serving six years on the board is Kim Brooks with the Monticello Express. Mark Spensley, co-owner and publisher of the Express and Shoppers’ Guide, will take Brooks’ seat on the board. Remaining on the board will be Cox, Denise Nealson, Brian Cassidy, Rick Meyer, Tris Langdon, Scott Shuttlefield, Jared Lasley, and 2017 President Monica Gray.

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