RC Chamber selects winners at dinner

News Photos by Jordan Spence Owners of Up North 23 Lounge and Restaurant cut the ribbon to their new restaurant, Saturday.

ROGERS CITY — The renewed energy of the Rogers City development was the focus of the evening at the annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner, Saturday.

“The chamber has gone through some big changes this year. We see these changes as opportunities to grow,” said Interim Chamber Director Kim Margherio.

One of the key ways they plan to do this is to build bridges between members of the city business community.

Along with the dinner, awards were given, music was played and guest speaker for the evening was Charlevoix Humane Society Executive Director Scott MacKenzie.

He discussed the ways in which business owners can maintain a positive attitude to help their businesses. He also discussed the growth he has seen in his town of residence and how Rogers City can take similar approaches.

“Change is essential for your growth and development. As a person, as a community business leader,” he said.

These positive changes help productivity he said.

“As an individual and a community we create an environment. That helps us manage our baggage, our habits, our emotions. These people we surround ourselves with and the activities we participate in give us a sense of comfort and security. Unfortunately this environment doesn’t support change. Or worse, discourages it,” he said.

It takes courage to make change and to pursue new opportunities he said.

This year the winners of Customer Service Awards included Stan Krajnik, Wayne Saile and business Nautical Lanes and the Lighthouse Restaurant. Zonta Women in Business Award went to Barb Wills of Calcite Credit Union.

Margherio said the reason Budnick received the award this year is because of the all the ways she helps the community.

“Her and her staff are very active in the community. She attends most board meetings, even though she’s not on the board. She and her staff volunteer to help with many chamber events. She is the first to offer her help with the chamber with whatever projects we’re working on,” Margherio said.

Jordan Spence can be reached via email at jspence@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687.