2019 Chamber Annual Meeting and Awards

32nd Annual Dinner Meeting and Awards Presentation is a Wrap!   

The 32nd annual Pike County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Dinner was held Thursday, March 21st at the Crossroads Center in Pittsfield.  The meeting was attended by approximately 90 Chamber members, guests, city, village and county officials.  Networking and social time began at 6:00 PM, with dinner and the program immediately following.  A delicious catered meal was provided by the Crossroads Center. 

Chamber Board president Beth White conducted the business meeting.  Minutes from the previous year were approved and the financials placed on file. Kaye Iftner was nominated and approved as a new member of the Chamber Board. 

Highlights from 2018 were captured in the Chamber’s Annual Report, which is available here

The Chamber’s 2019 sponsors were recognized at the meeting and a PowerPoint presentation containing a thank-you message and their logos ran as a continuous loop throughout the social hour and dinner.  A listing with their logos is here.  

The guest speaker was Jessica Guthrie, president of Picture Pittsfield, who shared the mission, vision, and activities of this new group.

The highlight of the evening is always the Awards Ceremony.  Each year the Chamber presents a Business of the Year, Volunteer (s) of the Year, and Community Betterment Awards.  The recipients of all of the awards were selected from nominations made by chamber members and the community at large.  There were a number of nominations for each award. The Fickle Goddess of Fortune made her tenth appearance.

The Chamber believes strongly that each person or business nominated was worthy and we hope they feel honored to be recognized by their peers.  The awards ceremony presentation shared the key points from their nomination submissions.  It was clear that volunteerism and business is alive and well in Pike County.  

Our Awards:

The Business of the Year recognizes a successful Pike County business that has demonstrated integrity and community involvement.

The Volunteer of the Year can be any Pike County resident who volunteers his or her time to support Pike County and his or her community.

The tenth annual Community Betterment Award is intended to recognize the contribution of an 
individual or group of individuals whose vision and actions have bettered the city or village in which they live.

The Fickle Goddess of Fortune is a traveling award bestowed upon a business or group we feel fortunate to have in the county.  She made her 10th appearance this year. 

Our 2018 Nominees (recognized at our 2019 meeting):

Business of the Year

        Bradshaw Custom Pumping (Griggsville)

        Farmers National Bank of Griggsville
             (Griggsville, Pittsfield and Mt. Sterling)

        Pike-Scott Farm Bureau (Pittsfield and Winchester)

        Whitetail Properties Real Estate LLC   (Pittsfield)

Volunteer of the Year

        Darlene Corgiat

        Brian Shoemaker

        Jason Thomas

Community Betterment

        Picture Pittsfield       

        Pike-Scott Farm Bureau

        Whitetail Properties Real Estate LLC   (Pittsfield)

We are pleased to announce our 2018 Award recipients (announced at the 2019 meeting) and share in the celebration of their recognition in the following pages:

Business of the Year:  Bradshaw Custom Pumping

Volunteer of the Year:  Jason Thomas

Community Betterment:  Pike-Scott Farm Bureau  

Fickle Goddess of Fortune:  Picture Pittsfield


Chamber 2018 Business of the Year_Bradshaw Custom Pumping

Bradshaw Custom Pumping offers removal and application service for livestock and municipal operations.  They have seen a steady growth over the past 20 plus years within the industry and their own customer base.  They currently employ 33 fulltime and 4 part time individuals.  Bradshaw pumping provides a significant number of head of household jobs.  They have invested in the purchase of the old TRIO manufacturing facility in Griggsville and are involved in the JWCC agricultural alumni and Pittsfield High School FFA alumni organization.  

Bradshaw Custom Pumping focuses on sludge and waste water removal and application services.  They recently moved in to the market of trucking and land application.  This is a highly governmentally regulated industry and in 2018 land application exceeded 300 million gallons covering over 30,000 acres of crops drastically reducing the need for the use of commercial fertilizer.  They are an ever growing business recently purchasing the TRIO facility in Griggsville.  This facility offers them over 90,000 square feet of usable space that accommodates for future growth and expansion.  Matt and Lori along with their 3 sons reside in rural Pittsfield.  Pike County is lucky that the Bradshaw’s saw the need and took the risk of starting a new business back in 1998.  Congratulations to a very deserving Bradshaw Custom Pumping. 

The Bradshaws were unable to attend the meeting due to a family emergency.  This photo was taken on 3/26/19.


Chamber 2018 Volunteer of the Year-Jason Thomas

Jason is the assistant chief for the Pittsfield Fire department, an active member of the FFA alumni group and an active member of the Western Illinois Fair board. Jason takes pride in his volunteering efforts and gives 110% in everything he undertakes.

Jason is not only a great volunteer but he takes pride in ensuring that the roots of farming stay a family tradition and works diligently with the FFA to ensure that the program stays funded and active.  His past duties with the PFD have included training captain ensuring that the membership is well trained and prepared for calls.  Congratulations Jason Thomas.


Community Betterment_Pike Scott Farm Bureau

The Farm Bureau is celebrating their Centennial year and was created by farmers working under the common cause and common goals of improving people in Pike County.  Working with the University of Illinois Extension Service, it has increased the knowledge and abilities of farmers and rural citizens.  Farm Bureau was created to serve, and driven to lead its members in their pursuit of prosperity. 

Through its history, Farm Bureau has worked to bring electricity, telephones, roads and water infrastructure to the county.  It also created insurance, farm supply and livestock marketing business services to meet the needs of its members. The bureau has also provided advice and leadership to local, state and national groups and units of government and has worked tirelessly to protect private property rights and the right to farm.  It serves as an important part of the economic and social fiber of Pike County.


Chamber 2018 Fickle Goddess of Fortune_Picture Pittsfield

Over ten years ago, while going through some old Chamber files, we discovered the original Articles of Incorporation from the early 1950s for what was then the Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce (we became the Pike County Chamber in 1987).  The articles stated “the purpose of the organization was to promote the general trade and commerce and perpetuate the visitation of the fickle goddess of fortune". Since then, we have bestowed the Goddess (a traveling doll) to a business we feel fortunate to have attracted- and therefore the fickle goddess has smiled on us! 

This year’s Fickle Goddess Award goes to Picture Pittsfield.

Picture Pittsfield is a committee of volunteers dedicated to enhancing focus on business growth and retention, cultural and recreational experiences and tourism for not only Pittsfield but for the county as well.  This group of dedicated individuals is working as one to focus on growth and development as well as awareness of all offerings for our area. Under the leadership of president Jessica Guthrie and the dedication of its volunteers we feel fortunate to have them, thus the Fickle Goddess of Fortune has smiled on us once again!

Congratulations to all!  We also again thank our sponsors for this year's meeting and their support throughout the year.  Click here for the listing and their logos!