County Chamber of Commerce recognizes businesses
Eagles, NMLRA honored
Barry Lauber, president of the
Ripley County Chamber of Commerce welcomed the largest crowd ever
to attend the chambers 12th Annual Business Recognition
Luncheon held May 6. The event was held at the Southeastern Indiana
REMC Training Center in Osgood.
Members of the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles 2009 State Championship Team
were honored at the luncheon with Lauber saying, What you
achieved that day brought honor and memories to the entire Southeastern
Indiana area. He then introduced Coach David Bradshaw, also
presenting him with a check from the chamber for expenses for
Bradshaw thanked the chamber for inviting them, introduced the
team, athletic director, assistant coach, and principal. He recapped
the team's success story saying it was great to watch young people
realize their goal.
The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA) was recognized
by the chamber as the Business of the Year.
David Baugh, representing the chamber, said the NMLRA is a group
that promotes and supports our heritage through living history
events and much more. National shoots are held each spring and
fall drawing thousands to the Friendship area that usually only
has a couple hundred residents.
The NMLRA has been in existence for over 75 years and has grown
from 15 members in 1933 to more than 17,000 today. The members
are from every state and many countries as well.
Terri Trowbridge, director of publications for the NMLRA accepted
the award, thanking the chamber for the recognition. She noted
that last weekend the Lore of the Laughery was held bringing to
life the time period of 1750 to 1812. She said over 1000 school
children were impacted by the event learning about period games,
getting to try on costumes of the time, seeing leather workers,
candle dipping and more.
The NMLRA also hosts a national womens shoot and youth shoot
yearly. These events promote the historical background of muzzleloading,
as well as interactive living history programs. For more information
about the NMLRA you can go online: www.nmlra.org or call 1-800-745-1493.
New businesses that have opened n Ripley County within the past
year were also recognized at the luncheon. They include: Beacon
Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Bed of Roses, Champion Automotive,
Damm Theatre, Envoy Mortgage, Everyday Gourmet LLC, Friendship
State Bank - Batesville Branch, Georges Pharmacy, Hucks,
Interface Financial Group, RJE Fertilizer, Short Cuts Hair &
Tanning, Signature Designs Floral & Gifts, The Home Town Grill,
The Sewing Room, Versailles Farm & Garden, Walhill Farm and
Tri County Gold.
The Rolling Pin Catering service catered the luncheon with Krueger-Maddux
Greenhouses providing the table decorations of spring flowers.
Amy Thomas, chamber executive director, said the chamber has grown
in membership in the past year and thanked all the businesses
for their support.
Above: Terri Trowbridge accepts a plaque from Ripley County
Chamber of Commerce President, Barry Lauber, left, after
the NMLRA was named Business of the Year by David Baugh,
center, at the chamber's annual business recognition luncheon
held May 6. Pictured below, Barry Lauber, presents a check
to JCD Coach David Bradshaw after the team was congratulated
on their state win.