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The Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Supper Club celebration event was held at the legendary Chandelier Ballroom on Thursday, March 2.

The event provided an evening of fabulous networking, a silent auction and a marvelous buffet dinner prepared by Michelle Price, Executive Director of the Chandelier Ballroom and former Moraine Park community education hospitality and foods adjunct faculty.

Moraine Park was represented by President Bonnie Baerwald, West Bend Campus Dean, Pete Rettler, and Community Coordinator Laurie Barz. Others in attendance included Moraine Park alumni, devoted community education students, former and current adjunct faculty, corporate training executives, partners of the college and Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce staff and community members.

Keynote speaker, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and former host of Discover Wisconsin Stephanie Klett, treated us to a delightful presentation on past and present Travel Wisconsin tourism commercials. Who remembers these memorable commercials?

MPTC President, Bonnie Baerwald talking to Mike Hermann, Director of Parks and Recreation as she get an update on new Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Hartford.

MPTC President, Bonnie Baerwald talking to Mike Hermann, Director of Parks and Recreation as she get an update on new Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Hartford.

Pictured- MPTC President, Bonnie Baerwald with Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director Scott Henke. Since 2002, Moraine Park has partnered with the Hartford Chamber to provide the Future Hartford Leadership Program training to the community. To date more than 80 candidates have graduated from the program.

Pictured- MPTC President, Bonnie Baerwald with Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director Scott Henke.

Since 2002, Moraine Park has partnered with the Hartford Chamber to provide the Future Hartford Leadership Program training to the community. The Future Hartford Leadership program is facilitated by Moraine Park Technical College. Each program day begins with a leadership session on topics including: Conflict Resolution,  Business Ethics, Communications,  Effective Time Management,  Energizing the Workplace,  Managing Change, Mentoring: An Essential Leadership Skill and Servant Leadership.

The program was designed for emerging leaders and educates them in preparation to serve in a leadership capacity at work, in public and community positions throughout the greater Hartford area.  To date more than 80 candidates have graduated from the program.

The awards ceremony celebrated chamber and community members for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the community.  This 2016 awards went to the following:

  • Business of the Year – Grand Avenue Dental Care
  • Volunteer of the Year – Jerry Falkenstein
  • Rookie of the Year – Katie Olsen
  • Legacy Award – Al and Carolyn Laufer
  • Chamber’s Achievement Award – Mark and Linda Hauser

Hartford is a fun community to be in and to support. It takes a lot of hard work, involvement, volunteerism and commitment of people to make a community strong. There are so many wonderful people in Hartford.

Written by Samantha Story