Beaver Dam Chamber Annual Recognition Dinner Held

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce honored Beaver Dam’s Business, Citizens and Non-Profit organization of the year Wednesday night at its annual dinner and business meeting. The event was held at Old Hickory Country Club. Outgoing president Jeff Davis of Interquest welcomed the new president Frank Ferree of John Deere as the new president. Ferree said one of the goals in 2018 is to enroll 51-percent of local businesses as chamber members.

The Chamber Member of the year is Donna Fuhrman who was cited for the many hours of work she’s contributed at the Chamber office.

WDS Construction is the business of the year. Ben Westra said the company began in his mother’s sewing room in Princeton. Westra said that most of the company’s work is outside of Wisconsin, but stayed in Beaver Dam because of the community and the people in it. Westra has contributed to a variety of non-profit organization construction projects with donations of materials and labor.

The Beaver Dam Area Arts Association was is the Non-Profit Organization of the year. The Association is one of only four “free standing” visual arts organizations in the state.  Executive Director Jessalyn Braun said its mission is to provide a nurturing environment for artists, encourage participation in the arts and be a vital creative resource to the community.

Thy Chamber honored a couple as its Citizens of the Year. Jeff and Shirley Kitchen (pictured) came to Beaver Dam in 1973 and are the owners of Century 21 Real Estate. They’ll be celebrating their 50th anniversary in August. Both have been involved in several local charitable non-profits as board and committee members and were both acknowledged for the generosity and hard work for the community.

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Pictured left to right: Shirley Kitchen, Phil Fritsche, Jeff Kitchen