Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce officials are seeking the names of individuals who make a difference in our community, according to Greg Myers, Chamber president.

“We need to shine a spotlight on the achievement of our citizens, Chamber members and businesses,” Myers said.

Every year the Chamber presents achievement of the year awards to a citizen, Chamber member and businesses.

The awards are announced at the annual Chamber Christmas celebration. Last year the Chamber joined with the Pacific Partnership for a joint year-end celebration and citizen recognition party.

Chamber officials rely on the local community to identify individuals to be honored, Myers said. He added that a great deal of the cultural life and the economy of the community are driven by the ideas and work of individuals who volunteer their time.

Among city cultural events driven by volunteer activity are the growing number of outdoor events, building of the senior center, expansion of high school athletic fields, development of city parks, improvements in the city cemeteries and creation of a city history museum and family history center.

Myers said he and other Chamber officials believe that the individuals who make things happen in Pacific should be recognized in a public forum. They are seeking the public’s help in identifying the movers and shakers of 2017.

Tiffany Wilson, Chamber executive director, said the award selection and presentation is one of her favorite assignments.

“Recognizing the hard work, dedication and altruism of our local businesses and citizens is our favorite tradition,” she said.

Anyone wishing to nominate someone for special recognition should send the individual’s name and a brief description of the project or body of work the individual has achieved to the Chamber of Commerce, 333 Chamber Drive, Pacific, or email to Wilson at exdir@pacificchamber.com.

For more information, contact Wilson at 636-271-6639.

The awards will be presented to the selected individuals at the Chamber Christmas Social at the Pacific Eagles Dec. 6.