Over 100 chamber members gathered at the Sleepy Eye Event Center on Saturday night, Feb. 3, for the Sleepy Eye Chamber Annual Meeting.

Over 100 chamber members gathered at the Sleepy Eye Event Center on Saturday night, Feb. 3, for the Sleepy Eye Chamber Annual Meeting. The theme was “Staying Alive, 60 Years Later” in honor of the organization’s 60-year history. The “Staying Alive” part of the theme resulted in guests doing their best to dress in 1970s’ style, while a disco ball sent twinkling lights around the room.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce, with a silent auction and a few other activities that were well-supported by those in attendance.

During a brief business meeting, out-going Chamber Board President, John Cselovszki, thanked everyone for allowing him to serve and said he and Mikayla Bruggeman had come to the end of their terms on the board. He announced that Shane Laffen, Sleepy Eye Public School and Briar Braulick, Chuck Spaeth Ford, were new board members. Cselovszki received a positive vote from those present to elect Bob Schmid, Americana Community Bank, as the next board president.

A highlight of the annual meeting is the presentation of awards. Greg Gangelhoff was recognized as Big Chief—the Ambassador who attended the most appearances. Mike Suess received the Friend of Sleepy Eye award in recognition for all he does to provide the Holiday Lights in Motion to the delight of the community and visitors. Kurk Kramer received the Shining Star Community Service award—presented by EDA President Kathy Haala, who praised Kramer for his tireless efforts for Sleepy Eye. Haala said, “He’ll say, ‘I’m just doing my job’.” She was right. He did.