Around 200 or so of Carmi’s business leaders will convene this evening for the annual Carmi Chamber of Commerce dinner. The gathering, typically serves as an opportunity for the mayor to give a brief “State of the City” address and to hand out multiple awards, including Small and Large Business of the Year as well as Citizen of the Year. This year, the chamber is expected to enter into an actual business session temporarily as the executive committee is looking to make some alterations to the group’s by-laws. It’s not unheard of, but it’s not a regular occurrence either. The last time by-laws were altered was about a decade ago.
In addition to that, the Chamber will officially welcome 5 new board members including a new officer who will fall in line to serve as Chamber president in 2023. Lacey Harms has accepted the role as officer. Her committee will be made up of Jeremy Jordan, an owner at Campbell Funeral Homes, Caitlin Keepes, CPA with Dartt and Company, LLC, Larissa Hays, Branch Manager for First Bank, and Sarah Hale. Brittany Bayley-Murray will also join the board taking a vacated spot.
For the first time in almost 10 years, tonight’s annual Chamber dinner won’t be held at the First Christian Church. This year, the dinner meeting will be held at the Carmi VFW. Drinks, appetizers, and socializing will begin at 6:00pm with dinner, catered by Yesterdays, planned for 6:30pm. This year’s keynote will be delivered by Robert Scott Wylie. A Carmi native, Wylie is a successful attorney who continues to and has served on numerous local non-profit boards.
WROY/WRUL News will have a recap with highlights tomorrow morning.