The chamber said goodbye to outgoing president Marcia Bratz, who had served since mid-2012 when she took over for Doug Dopp, who left Centerville. Bratz introduced incoming president Dennis Peters, who spoke to the crowd about the need for positive energy in the community.
“I think what makes our community great is the people,” said Peters. “It’s these people that make up the life blood of our community. To often I hear from people the negativeness about Centerville and what we are not, what we don’t have, what we lack, the bad statistics…I would encourage you guys not to dwell on the negatives. Negativity is very contagious, but you know what, positivity is also. I am challenging everybody here to not only take a more active role in Centerville, but to just be more positive. It’s just more about a lifestyle, an energy.”
The 2013 Daily Iowegian Citizen of the Year award was also handed out by Daily Iowegian Publisher Becky Maxwell. The award has recognized deserving citizens since 1969 and relies on nominations from community members. The 2013 award went to Mark Hoffman, director of the Appanoose County Conservation Board. Maxwell highlighted some of Hoffman’s accomplishments while presenting the award.
“This person started on a career path more than 30 years ago and I bet at that time he did not realize that this career would not only become his job but his way of life,” said Maxwell. “He goes above and beyond the title that he holds and this is the main reason for the nomination for citizen of the year…he has been a loyal supporter of organizations like Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, White Tailed Deer and the Turkey Federation. He has served on the Great Places Committee, has been a Councilman for First Lutheran Church for many years and I am sure numerous other boards and committees.”