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November 9, 2013

Chamber recognizes biz of year

Carmichael to take over board leadership.

With a little impromptu Motown flair, members of Civic Players of Logansport thanked the Logansport-Cass County Chamber of Commerce for an award — by singing.

“We want to stop and thank you chamber,” sang the group, echoing the tune of Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)” just after receiving the chamber’s 2013 Quality of Life award.

Representatives of the chamber doled out the organization’s annual awards at a banquet Friday night, recognizing two business leaders and two businesses, as well as Civic Players, for contributions toward the area’s economic well-being.

“Quality of life is important in any economic development,” said Ralph Anderson, president of Civic Players. “And for a chamber of commerce, a more business-oriented organization, to recognize the performing arts, is very special.”

Chamber representatives also announced that board member Anthony Carmichael would be taking over as president of the chamber board, succeeding Chris Armstrong.

Logansport Community Schools Superintendent Michele Starkey received the group’s Businesswoman of the Year award.

Armstrong, the award’s 2010 recipient, listed off the reasons Starkey had been nominated — her work with the Cass County United Way and Reading Railroad, as well as membership on the Indiana University-Kokomo advisory board and in the Logansport Rotary Club.

“She’s very passionate about what she does,” Armstrong added, noting that in her 21 years in the Logansport schools, Starkey had started as a teacher and moved through the administrative ranks to take on the superintendent’s role in late 2010.

Starkey had received notice of the award a few weeks ago.

“I was shocked,” she recalled. “Getting awards is not something I ever think about ... I love doing what I do.”

She added that the award “is a reflection of the great people we have at the school corporation and all the great things going on.”

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