Annual Dinner & Community Awards

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Dinner Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at the Cass County Community Center.

The Chamber invites the entire community to the Annual Dinner and Awards. All the accomplishments of 2017 will be highlighted along with the great sponsors, volunteers and community members.

Successful businesses, organizations and individual leaders in the community will be honored for their commitment and support of the Atlantic Area.  A Nomination form will be available closer to the awards.

17th Annual ATHENA Award sponsored by Deter Motor Company

Deter Motor Company sponsors the annual ATHENA Award in Atlantic, Iowa. The award is presented to an exceptional individual who has achieved excellence in her/his business profession, has served the community in a meaningful way and has assisted women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills. Deter Motor Company believes in the values underlying ATHENA’s philosophy of incorporating talent and expertise of women into the leadership of our businesses, our communities and our government. The spirit of the ATHENA Award Program is captured in a quotation from Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.” By honoring exceptional leaders, others will be encouraged to excel.

The ATHENA Award was first presented in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan and has grown to include presentations to more than 6,000 individuals in hundreds of cities across the globe. Locally, past winners include Kathie Hockenberry in 2016, Lanette Plambeck, Pat Markman, Dolly Bergmann, Wendy Richter, Ann Pross, Janell Hansen, Jan Kinison, Carole Schuler, Glenda Farrier, Margaret Slepsky, Denise O’Brien, Leanne Pellett, Judy Marnin, and LaVon Eblen.

Nominations are now being accepted for the award, which will be presented on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at the Cass County Community Center. Those interested in nominating an individual can pick up a nomination packet at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, 102 Chestnut Street, by visiting or clicking here to print. Nominations are due by December 1st, 2017 at noon at the Chamber Office.

2017 Awards

ATHENA Award Recipient: Dr. Tressa Wilcox

Distinguished Service Award: LaVon Eblen