Sunday, January 26, 2014


Extreme winter weather conditions has forced the Versailles Area Chamber of Commerce (VACC) to reschedule their annual dinner banquet until Monday, February 3rd.

The banquet serves as a networking forum for it's membership, as well as any concerned person interested in a better understanding of the economic development, growth and activities in and surrounding the community of Versailles. A significant portion of the program is dedicated to the presentation of two awards; "Citizen of the Year” and "People-Pride-Progress".

Lifelong resident, Adele Hoke, along with the support of her friends and family will accept the "Citizen of the Year" Award for all the selfless service she has and continues to perform.

Also on hand will be members from the Versailles Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to receive the "People-Pride-Progress" Award. The Versailles PTO is being recognized for their many contributions to the educational success of the Versailles School students.

For the last three years, the PTO has spearheaded fundraising of $63,000 which directly benefited the students, families, and teachers of the Versailles Exempted Village School District. Items such as new swings and fencing for the playground, SMART board technology for interactive classroom learning, and field trips for each elementary grade levels were underwritten by the Versailles PTO. In addition, the PTO supported motivational speakers that have been brought to the school to provide guidance and inspiration on topics pertinent to our young students. The Father/Daughter’s Dance and the Mother/Son Bowling events in the 4th grade provide wholesome events for families. The fourth grade graduation and grade level picnics celebrating a successful school year are also organized by the PTO.

On the education side, the Versailles PTO has partnered with Versailles Elementary School to provide fun learning activity events. The Art Show, Math Night, Science Night, Literacy Night, Kindergarten Meet and Greet are all wonderful activities implemented in the last three years, where students can work with and show their parents/guardians the countless things being learned in their classrooms. These activities would not occur without the energy and thoughtful dedication of all parents who have been involved with the Versailles PTO.

The banquet has been rescheduled for Monday, February 3, at the Riviera Banquet Room, Stillwater Valley Golf Course. Meet and greet begins at 5:30 pm and dinner is served promptly at 6:15 p.m. The event is not limited to VACC members only. It is possible to purchase tickets by calling Fred Poeppelman at 526-9869 no later than January 29th.

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