HANOVER, Ind. (February 2004) Ivy Tech State College
educator Margaret Seifert of Hanover and Steinhardt Heating &
Cooling were honored by the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce on Jan.
21 during its annual banquet at Hanover College for their contributions
to the community.
by Don Ward
Seifert was awarded the chambers Community Service Award, while
Tony and Phyllis of Steinhardt Heating & Cooling accepted the
chambers Business Service Award. Julie Wattenbarger of Manpower
was named the Chamber Ambassador of the Year.
Its amazing what we can accomplish when we all work together,
said Seifert upon reaching the podium after receiving congratulatory
hugs from chamber members as she made her way from the back of the
room. Madison, Hanover and Jefferson County thats
what were all about when we work together. Its a wonderful
place to live.
Seiferts list of contributions to community is lengthy. The
former dean of students at Hanover College, she now works two jobs
at Ivy Tech she directs library services distance education.
She serves as president of the Hanover Town Council; president of
the Girls Club of Jefferson County board; vice chairman of the Town
of Hanover Planning Commission; president of Hanover College Faculty
Womens Club; chairs the Chamber of Commerce Workshop; an officer
at Hanover United Methodist Church.
She has been honored by several organizations and earned numerous
awards for outstanding service. Recently, she was instrumental in
leading a resource study of the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library,
whose board over which she presides.
This outstanding person has been called a mentor, someone who
believes, a role model, someone who leads by example, said Tony
Steinhardt in presenting the award to Seifert.
by Don Ward
and Tony Steinhardt receive award.
Steinhardt himself was familiar to the chamber banquet podium, after
having won the Community Service Award last year and serving as chamber
president two years ago.
We want to just share this award with our employees, he
said, asking them to stand to be recognized. We want to continue
to support this great community we live in.
David Sutherland of Madison Precision Products Inc. presented the
award to the Steinhardts, listing dozens of organizations that have
benefitted from their support. He also cited the company employees
generous volunteer hours to many community projects.
More than 350 people attended the banquet, during which new officers
are officially installed. Outgoing chamber president Bev Ford of Sherman
Barber & Mullikin CPAs handed over the gavel to 2004 president
Tim Breeding of Teton Corp. Other officers for 2004 include Scott
Hubbard of Arvin Sango Inc. as vice president; and Kathe Hoffman of
Once Upon A Time as treasurer. The new board of directors also were
Ford was among three past chamber presidents from Sherman, Barber
& Mullikin, the only company to hold that honor in the chambers
The evening was highlighted by a slide show of activities from the
previous year and a raucous reverse draw raffle for a
jackpot worth $2,500. Mike Bruce of Hanover College won the money
after purchasing one of the 100 raffle tickets that were sold at $50
Other prizes, such as a nights stay at Belterra Resort Casino,
were given away. Chamber executive director Jeff Garrett drew raffle
tickets throughout the evening, then called on Madison Mayor Al Huntington
and Belterras Mario Maesano to draw the remaining five numbers.