Awards were deserved

The St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce honored several of its members last week, recognizing them for their contributions to the community as a whole.

During its annual dinner, the chamber handed out awards in five categories: Business of the Year — Belmont Savings Bank; Community Improvement — Belmont College; Safety Professional of the Year — ICR Equipment Rental; Community Involvement — A Special Wish Foundation; and Distinguished Employer of the Year — Martins Ferry McDonald’s.

Although the awards had different names, it seems that all of these organizations have some important things in common. First and foremost, they are all actively involved with other parts of the community. They don’t just cut checks to benefit good causes; instead, their managers and employees roll up their sleeves and get to work right alongside many other area residents for a variety of good causes.

It is common knowledge that this is the case. The award winners are nominated by and voted on by other chamber members. So, it is clear that many other representatives of local businesses and nonprofits are aware of the good works the recipients do.

Belmont Savings, for example, was recognized for its longevity and for its support of other local businesses and groups. Belmont College, meanwhile, has expanded and upgraded its campus, making more opportunities available to students of all ages.

It was noted that ICR has developed a “culture of safety” in the workplace, and its has helped spread that type of awareness throughout the region. A Special Wish helps children with life-threatening conditions fulfill their dreams, no matter how big or small they may be. And the McDonald’s restaurant in Martins Ferry was credited for its efforts to employ people with disabilities.

Each of these awards was well deserved, and the reasons the recipients were selected are appropriate for the honors.

Congratulations, then, to all of the winners. We applaud them for their efforts and urge them to keep up the good work.

We also commend the chamber for taking the time to recognize their contributions to the community. It is important to celebrate such successes.