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The Rotary Club of Ossipee Valley

GOACC 2020 Business of the Year

On Monday October 26th 2020, The Greater Ossipee Area Chamber of Commerce presented its 2020 Business of the Year award to The Rotary Club of Ossipee Valley.

Under the pretense of being a guest to speak about the Chamber at the Rotary’s weekly meeting held at the River’s Edge Grille and Tavern ; Steven Hoyt( GOACC President), joined by  Ian Macdonald (GOACC BOD), Danielle Owen (GOACC BOD) and Christine Taylor (Chamber Manager/Event Coordinator)  surprised the Rotary Club with an award presentation event.

In 2011 a group of Ossipee Valley folks got together and decided to bring back the local Rotary Club.  Residents from Ossipee, Tamworth, Madison, Effingham and Freedom met weekly to start doing projects around the area.  In 2013, Rotary International chartered the new “Rotary Club of Ossipee Valley”.

The goal of this club’s members is to help to the community in any way they can.  Their community being the Ossipee Valley, the State of NH, the USA and the world.  The members have been a stop for the Tour de Cure, a bike trek across Mass, NH & VT to raise money for diabetes.  They helped install a wheelchair ramp for a local fellow who could not leave a Rehab Center until he had a ramp at his home.  The Club’s repertoire of volunteerism is extensive: They’ve painted a room at the Madison Library, raised money to give every third grader in the area a dictionary and every sixth grader an atlas, purchased and helped distribute bike helmets for the Ossipee Rec Center, contributed to the local Libraries after school programs and a new program in Tamworth geared to teen agers,  have built Little Libraries, and The Club has recognized with a dinner and ceremony a 6th grader from each of the member towns with a Service above Self Award.

In addition to the education services to the younger generation in the valley, the Ossipee Valley Rotary awards students who are pursuing higher education degrees/certifications with scholarships

The Ossipee Valley Rotary Club has donated to the world effort to eradicate Polio. They contribute to Local Food Pantries, assisted a local girl go to camp, they march  in local 4th of July and “old-time” week parades, donated time to Habitat for Humanity, Carroll County Extension , and countless other charities. 

Over the past years, as a Greater Ossipee Area Chamber Member, this Rotary has volunteered its time at the Chamber’s annual golf tournament. The Ossipee Valley Rotary members are the best Hole and One staff.  In addition to being involved directly with the GOACC’s golf tournament, the Rotary has continuously volunteered their expertise with our Non-profit chamber member’s golf tournament fund raisers.

The Rotary’s continuous support of community, even during the most challenging times, is exemplary.

It is an honor for Steven Hoyt (GOACC President) and the GOACC community to present The Rotary Club of Ossipee Valley as the 2020 Business of the Year.

GREATER OSSIPEE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
ANNOUNCE 2021 BUSINESS AND BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR

The Greater Ossipee Area Chamber of Commerce presented their Business of the Year award and Businessperson of the Year awards at its annual dinner on Oct. 20th

This year's event was at Indian Mound Golf Course, hosted by Jonathan Rivers and his team. After hosting 2020 virtually, it was fantastic to be able to celebrate in person with the Chamber members.  

The 2021 Business of the Year went to Harley Jack's Burgers & Brews located on Rte. 16 in Ossipee.  Although Tim Carnes, owner of Harley Jacks Burgers & Brews, had his challenges over the past year, from major road construction on Route 16 to a significant flood, they proved that they were a force to be reckoned with.  Mr. Carnes was able to pivot his Business outside after the damage from the flooding in the restaurant and still served over 10,000 meals and raised above $15,000 to local charities.  Mr. Carnes and his Harley Jack's team still managed to raise over $45,000 in total over the year for charities such as Jeepin' for Vets, Fur-Ever Friends, Wheeling for Homelessness, Adaptive Sports, and many more.  Mr. Carnes stated that he is very grateful for the support of his family and his employees, that none of this would have been possible without their dedication to him and Harley Jack's Burgers and Brews.

The 2021 Businessperson of the Year went to Sheena Abbott, Showcase Events, Rental and Planning.  In 2014, Ms. Abbott opened Showcase Events, Rental and Planning, located in Moultonborough.  Showcase Events is a full-service party rental company serving NH and Western Maine.  She was awarded the Couples Choice award in 2019 and 2020 and has been showcased in TheKnot.com, Lakes Region Bride Magazine, and many more.  

In her spare time, Ms. Abbott spends her time bookkeeping for over 30 clients.  Over half of those are non-profits that get a discounted rate as her way of giving back.  She also does the bookkeeping for the Chamber and serves on the Tamworth Community Christmas. Ms. Abbott stated that none of this would be possible without the support of her husband Richard – teamwork makes it happen.

To learn more about the Greater Ossipee Area Chamber of Commerce visit www.ossipeevalley.org.

Past Award Recipients 

Year Business Business Person
2021 Harley Jacks Burgers and Brew Sheena Abbott
Showcase Event Rentals & Planning
2020 Rotary Club of Ossipee Valley Dianne Battles
Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort
2019 Beaver Hollow Camp Ground Gerard Costantino
Costantino Real Estate
2018 Tice's Automotive Services Nancy Carlson
Farm to Table/Yankee Smokehouse
2017 Remick Museum Ash Fishbein
Hobbs Tavern/Sap House Meadery
2016 Eastern Propane and Oil Vince Vaccaro
Tri Tek Events
2015 Green Mountain Furniture Dorian Norcross
Northway Bank
2014 Purity Spring Resort Megan Williams
Lakes Region Humane Society
2013 Yankee Smokehouse Jonathan Rivers
Indian Mound Golf Club
2012 Indian Mound Hardware Ellen Shannon
Ellen Shannon Fitness Solution
2011 Club Motorsports Fred Watson
Watson's General Store

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