The Importance of Recognizing Excellence

The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner is a chance to celebrate accomplishments, recognize area businesses and organizations, honor Chamber members and volunteers, and thank those who have made the Venango Area a great place to live and work. This year’s event honored Denise Jones as the Citizen of the Year, Patti Shontz as the Volunteer of the Year, Klapec Trucking as the Business of the Year, and the Oil Region Library Association (ORLA) as the Partner in Business of the Year.

For FLEX, the dinner also serves as an excellent opportunity to network with local leaders, business owners, and community members. This year’s dinner saw great attendance, with 260+ attendees, including 21 FLEX members. FLEX Member Daniel Newberry said, “It was a good chance to network and to learn more about the tremendous community members and businesses we have here.”

It’s important to recognize members of our community who have gone above and beyond to make a difference. These events highlight the accomplishments of individuals, organizations, and businesses that have significantly contributed to our community’s well-being. By celebrating these successes, we encourage others to reach for their goals and make a difference in our community. “Our community is full of passionate people who do things worthy of recognition daily. Events like the Annual Dinner are the perfect opportunity to showcase our region’s best. Likewise, Venango County has young professionals blossoming into tomorrow’s leaders, and they will have a chance to be recognized at the FLEX Presents banquet in April,” said FLEX President Saxon Daugherty.

FLEX Presents is an opportunity to honor young professionals in our area that are active in the community. It’s an annual event celebrating the achievements of local young professionals who contribute to their community through civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

Don’t miss the perfect time to honor a young professional you know has been active in our community. You can complete a nomination by visiting The event will be held on Friday, April 21, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Wildcat Mansion in Franklin, and tickets are available online through FLEX’s website.

This article was published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) March 2023 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.

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