About 40 chambers of commerce across northern Ohio nominated a person from their chamber as their “Bright Star,” to recognize a chamber member who has “made a significant impact on the chamber through membership, retention, sponsorship, economic development, operations and/or education.” Each Bright Star is an active chamber member for no less than two years and is likely to be an unsung hero or a dedicated behind-the-scenes volunteer.
Andy Celcherts, Councilman with the City of Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Bright Star 2018 recipient, accepted his plaque, trophy and pin from Cindy Holzheimer, NOACC Executive Director and John Sobolewski, NOACC Vice Chair and Executive Director of the Fairview Park, North Coast, North Olmsted, West Shore Chambers. Andy Celcherts has been integral to the success of the Chamber’s annual events, Taste of Brooklyn and Picnic in the Park. He has volunteered countless hours to help the Chamber accomplish the goals that have been set forth each year. Andy positively promotes the Chamber, and continues to build upon the successful relationship that has been built with the City. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the community are truly appreciative for everything that Andy continues to do to make Brooklyn a great place to live and work.
These volunteers represent a wide range of involvement with their respective chambers, some having been a member and or officer or committee chairman for 20+ years and some being newly involved but each of whom has given freely of his/her time, working hard for their chambers without any expectations.
This is the eleventh year for the Chamber Bright Star Awards, and again is giving an opportunity to recognize these volunteers among their peer groups, as chamber representatives, board members and spouses will also be in attendance.
Tony Gallo, President of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce and NOACC interim chairman, knows this annual event gives local chambers a chance “to shine a spotlight on the people who help make our chambers successful, who bring their unique talents, insights and especially their attitude to make good things happen.”
All the Bright Star photos and information from previous years is available at www.noacc.org/brightphotos.html. A link to the photos and video from this year’s event are posted on the www.noacc.org website.