Helping Businesses Succeed 

Keynote SPeaker

The Business of the Year Award is presented to a Chamber Member who has demonstrated outstanding business ethics, community support, leadership, friendly service and has been an overall benefit to the community.

Kendall Gammon, 15-year NFL veteran, author and sports broadcaster, delivers a timely message about the value of emotional strength and its direct impact on both personal and professional success—combining authentic storytelling from on and off the field, an interactive presentation style and simple, practical takeaways.

Twyla Duryea - She gives countless hours to the Garnett Area Chamber office. Twyla also volunteers many hours at the Anderson County Hospital and serves as a valued member of the Anderson County Corn Festival board. She provides transportation for the elderly, taking them to the store and doctors appointments. She is always willing to give her time to help benefit the community. 


Gene Highberger - He has volunteered numerous hours of community service since he was 25ish. He is now 90 and is still serving on various committees.  He served about 25 years on the school board. County Commissioner, Rotary, Lion's club, mental health board, SEKS health Board, Church boards, hospital boards.  You name it and he has helped.
 Years ago he was monumental in building the new Catholic Church in Westphalia.  He assisted with the new jail and the new hospital also. He helps every year delivering fruit baskets to the elderly in Westphalia and he is 90!!!  Lions Club meetings in Westphalia, he helps the lady who serves meals, clean up, etc.  Annual pancake supper In Westphalia, Gene facilitates that also.  Every year he also is in charge of putting flags out in May I believe.  Recently he established a flag ceremony for Vets after a Catholic funeral in Westphalia.


Sarah Hulcy - On July 1st of this year she opened a new program here at the Anderson County Health Department. The Hand-Me-Up program is for all members of the community, with no eligibility requirements. The new program has touched 15 families since it opened. Sarah has arranged partnerships with several areas businesses and organizations in Anderson County. This allows these families to earn reward bucks to be spent in the store. Sarah is in charge of organizing, collecting and stocking donations, some of the items are clothing, formula, diapers and more. These items can be purchased using the reward bucks the families have earned as they need them. 


Beth Mersman - This beautiful lady goes above and beyond! She is never too busy to help anyone and is so deserving of being recognized. She’s a one of a kind. Beth serves on many boards and is a dedicated member of many organizations in Anderson County including, Garnett Fire Department Auxiliary, President, Anderson County Corn Festival committee, Big Brothers Big Sisters committee, Red Cross, Volunteer, Anderson County Community Emergency Response Team, Volunteer, Garnett Planning & Zoning, Chairperson, Advisory Committee for the Curriculum for the State of Kansas, Anderson County Emergency Management Volunteer including being a trained storm spotter, Chamber Players Theatre, Chairperson. She also volunteers outside of Anderson County, National Association of Realtors Member, Kansas Association of Realtors Member, Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors Member, Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors Forms Committee Member, Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors Education Committee Member.


Leslea Rockers - She is being recognized for her years of service to the community. Leslea is an active member of the Garnett Optimist Club and the Garnett Running Club. She works at the Area Agency on Aging where she has helped numberous families/individuals and hosted a series of workshops. When her children attended school in Garnett, she helped with After Prom and lots of school activities including the USD 365 Endowment Board. She has served on the Anderson County Hospital Foundation Board and served as a volunteer for the hospitals annual cancer walk. 


Award Nominees

The George Clasen Memorial Service Award is presented to an individual or couple from the area who have shown exemplary service to the community through the Chamber or other local organizations.

Annual Banquet

Susie Grimes - Susie was the most generous and thoughtful person. She always helped even if she wasn't a member of the organization she was helping. She had a heart of gold and her heart gave so much that it couldn't go on. I know she was on the USD 365 Endowment board, Red Cross volunteer, the Friends of the Library board and the former president of the Garnett Fire Dept. Auxiliary. Susie was a dedicated member of the Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. She helped with Big Brothers Big Sisters, WINGS and Cornstock events and also with Anderson County Emergency Management behind the scenes.

Tickets on sale now!

$25 for members ($180 for a corporate table of 8)

$30 for nonmembers ($230 for a corporate table)

Call today to reserve your table! 785.448.6767

Special Memorial Award Presentation: Susie Grimes

Social begins at ​5:30 p.m.

dinner, keynote speaker, award ceremony and live auction to follow.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Business of the Year

Anderson County Corn Festival - The Anderson County Corn Festival has been nominated for their dedication to the Garnett area. Each year, Cornstock brings thousands of concert goers to Garnett. The ACCF is a 501c4 organization that supports other local organizations by providing them a place to fund raise either by selling items or concessions. This organization also donates funds to local organizations that help put on the event. Each year the ACCF selects a deserving "cause" to receive a portion of the funds raised from t-shirt sales. Cornstock also provides local high schoolers the opportunity to gain their community service hours. The Anderson County Corn Festival also provides scholarships to local high school students. 


Garnett Business & Professional Women - This organization hosts the annual Square Fair, Women's Fair and Holiday Boutique. They offer local and State scholarships and support women in the workplace. This dedicated group of volunteers live, work and give their all for the Garnett Area. 

Volunteer of the Year

Kendall Gammon

The Organization of the Year award is presented to a non-profit organization who is active and beneficial to the Garnett community.

Garnett Flowers & Gifts - They have been in business for 13 years and Erin has done an amazing job with her business for remodeling the building, keeping the corner of 4th and Hwy 59 looking sharp for our city. She has great customer service and works many hours in the week to make sure that everyone is completely satisfied and her orders are complete. This is just a few of the reasons why she is more than qualified for this award.


Refined Recherished - Cheryl and Jessica have uplifting personalities and are a huge asset to our community. They started Second Saturdays and continue to implement this program throughout the year. These ladies have worked hard from day one to bring a fun hometown shopping experience to Garnett.


Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department - They have been on a mission to improve our community through the work they are doing through their office. Their main goal from the beginning has always been to make the community more aware of the services that are available right here in our backyard, even if that means directing clients to different providers. They believe, it’s more important that the community gets what they need and that we are taking care of our own residents. On July 1st the Hand-Me-Up program was opened for all members of the community, with no eligibility requirements. The new program has touched 15 families since it opened. This allows these families to earn reward bucks to be spent in the store. More services are continually being added to the vast range of services they currently provide. Most recently they have added breastfeeding support services with a Certified Breastfeed Educator as well as a KanCare Liaison and CPR instructor. Their staff has multiple concepts in the works to help the people of Anderson County to become more vested in their community. 

organization of the Year

Garnett Area Chamber of Commerce