The 2017 Polk City Chamber of Commerce award results are in. Each year, the Chamber of Commerce presents an award to a businessperson who has gone out of their way to support and promote both business and community throughout the Polk City Area.
“One of the things I like best about Polk City is that it feels like it’s cut out of a television show. It’s just so picturesque and cute. And, everyone knows everyone and helps everyone out,” Businessperson of the Year award winner Megan Griffith said.
When Griffith first began working at her family’s graphic design and screen printing studio in Polk City, her main focus was the job. However, after getting more involved in the community and making friends with other business owners, Griffith has now become a pivotal part of the Polk City community.
“They [the Chamber of Commerce] were looking for board members, and I had already started to go to the luncheons to try to represent my company. They had wanted me to work on the bike ride because I’m a cyclist; I kind of jumped at the opportunity and started going crazy as soon as I was on the board,” Griffith said.
Since that time, Griffith has helped incorporate and build many community events throughout the Polk City area. One of her first projects included transforming the Bikes and Brews event to focus more on both families and the cycling community. She then went on to help start the annual Sounds of the Square Event (a summer musical series that takes place on the Polk City Square) and the Monster Dash Event (a 5K that raises money to support local families affected by breast cancer).
“We started Sounds on the Square with the premise that it was a free concert with a local band to give people the opportunity to spend time as a community and listen to some good music. Monster Dash I helped create from scratch. It is an event that affects the exact community that helps support the event,” Griffith said.
Although Griffith will step down at the end of her second term this year, the programs she has helped create throughout the Polk City community are sure to make a lasting impact.
In addition, the Polk City Chamber of Commerce also presents an award to the Citizen of the Year.
“I was led to Polk City by God, but drawn to Polk City by the friendliness of the people and the ‘community’ environment,” Citizen of the Year award winner Pastor Dave Heisterkamp said.
This year’s recipient, Pastor Heisterkamp of the Lakeside Fellowship Church, has not only helped build and contribute to numerous opportunities throughout his church, but also throughout the the Polk City community as well.
“For the past number of years, we have sponsored and run the Kids Zone at the Polk City’s Four Seasons Festival. We have also had our youth do work projects occasionally for the city, and we have recently entered into a five-year agreement to allow a portion of our property to be used for youth soccer in our community,” Pastor Heisterkamp said.
And, this year was particularly exciting for members of the congregation as the Lakeside Fellowship Church celebrated the grand opening of their new building, located at 1121 W. Bridge Rd. in Polk City.
“We are very excited about the many opportunities our new building will allow us to offer to the community. When we built our new facility, we intentionally built a gymnasium with a wood floor so we could offer the community different opportunities in the areas of recreation, events and ministries,” Pastor Heisterkamp said.
Although each recipient has already contributed a great deal to the Polk City Community, they will no doubt have a great impact on many more programs in the future as well.