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Gaining Recognition

Stahl, VSG, The Attic
honored at Madison Chamber dinner

Annual event at Hanover College
draws a sellout crowd

(February 2015) – Susan Stahl has lived and worked in Madison, Ind., since the early 1980s. She has been involved as a volunteer with numerous organizations such as the Bethany Circle of King’s Daughters’ Hospital, the Pilot Club, La Casa Amiga and Tri-Kappa. But it is her inspiration and dedication to the development of young girls in the area by serving as the longtime executive director of Girls Inc. of Jefferson County that earned her accolades Jan. 21 when she was named the 2015 recipient of the Jeff Garret Community Service Award by the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce.
The award honors those who have a community-first mindset and are driven to make a difference for others, as described by Andrew Forrester, who made the presentation to Stahl on behalf of his father, Matt, the president and CEO of River Valley Financial Bank who won the award last year.

Madison Chamber

Photo by Don Ward

Cara Fox presents the Business Citizenship Award to Matt Webster of VSG on Jan. 21.


Stahl was among a handful of people honored at the chamber’s Annual Dinner, held at Hanover College’s J. Graham Brown Campus Center and attracting a sold out crowd of 300 chamber members and guests.
Vehicle Service Group, or VSG, was presented the Business Citizenship Award for its contributions to the community and its 400-plus employees in Madison. Matt Webster, vice president and general manager, accepted the award on behalf of the company. He described the company’s initiatives to provide for healthy living for its employees, including the construction last year of a wellness park on the company grounds.
The chamber revived its Small Business Award this year by presenting the award to The Attic & Coffee Mill Café owners Judy George and her daughter, Julie Truax. The fourth-generation business operates at 631 W. Main St., serving up breakfast and lunch items and coffee drinks, along with gift items. Madison Main Street director Whitney Wyatt presented the award, describing the women as determined and enthusiastic business owners who have contributed much to the health of the downtown over the years.
Truax noted that she never thought her mother would still be working behind the counter when she turned 80, “but there she was.” Truax’s son, Brent, has recently joined the staff to help carry the family owned business into the future, she said.
The chamber also named Bill Barnes its Board Member of the Year. Barnes serves as executive director of the Community Foundation of Madison-Jefferson County. Barnes has served on the board for three years and has contributed to its success, said Ben Foley, the outgoing chamber board president who works at Sherman, Barber, Mullikin CPAs.
Incoming chamber board president is Jenny Darnold of River Valley Financial Bank. She discussed some of the chamber’s goals, including that of building on its current 390-strong membership.
Chamber Executive Director Trevor Crafton told the group the chamber rated an 89 percent retention rate last year in membership, with 62 new members. He said the chamber sold $42,420 in “good cents” coupons, and that more than $30,447 of those coupons were redeemed at participating chamber businesses.
The chamber held a successful golf scramble last year and paid out $27,000 at the highly popular Soup, Stew, Chili & Brew festival last October. Foley announced that the chamber sold out its vendor spaces at the third annual Regional Business Expo, which was held in Scottsburg with chamber partners in neighboring counties.
Crafton said the chamber has an approved budget of $231,000 for 2015.

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