2020 Annual Banquet & Pioneer Citizens Announced!

2020 Annual Banquet

The 2020 Annual Banquet will be on Thursday, February 6th from 6pm-8pm in the Simmons Great Hall, located on the John Brown University campus. This event is an awesome opportunity to award some of Siloam Springs’ greatest volunteers! The current board chair will pass the baton to the incoming board chair during this event and the Chamber of Commerce will award the pioneer citizens, ambassador of the year, and businesses of the year of all sizes. Food will be catered by Edibles by Zoe.

The incoming board chair James Barnett has chosen the theme of the 2020 Annual Banquet to be “Better Together”. James shared his heart on how Siloam Springs as a community is best when people of all ages, cultures, religions, and political views work together, rather than apart. During the year of 2020 the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce wants to bring focus to the importance of unity in our community and how we are truly so much “better together”.

Since 1984, the Pioneer Citizen award has been given to members of the Siloam Springs community who lead with their heart, who face new challenges, and pave the way for new frontiers. In order to be considered for this award by the Pioneer Citizen committee the person must be a resident of Siloam Springs for at least 10 years, be at least 65 years old, and be heavily involved, past or present, in various activities or committees of the City of Siloam Springs, Main Street Siloam Springs, or the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s Pioneer Citizen award recipients have been chosen and will be awarded at the 2020 Annual Banquet on February 6th.  The winners are Dick Bolen and Diane and Larry Winder (posthumously). Dick Bolen has been a volunteer coach, board member for various organizations, served 14 years in the Siloam Springs School District adopter program, President of St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Council, ten years of membership of the Board of Directors at the Sager Creek Arts Center, and many other impressive accomplishments and involvements.

Both Diane and Larry have played large rolls in making the Sager Creek Arts Center what it is today, of which Larry was a founding member. They both worked diligently as actors of art and drama. Larry was a long time Rotary member and on the board several times. Diane has been a dedicated pioneer leader in our local Hospital Auxiliary, serving as president and in many other positions.

All three of the Pioneer Citizen recipients are more than deserving to receive this award. They have all had a great impact on their families, friends, and the community of Siloam Springs.

Head over to the “events” tab on the Chamber of Commerce website or click here to purchase tickets to an awesome event, the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce’s 90th Annual Banquet!