During its annual banquet last weekend, the Wellington Chamber of Commerce recognized a business and two individuals for their service to the community.

The event was held at Memorial Auditorium Saturday evening. Sumner County Family Care Center was named Business of the Year, Michelle Wellington was awarded the Young Professional Award and Roger Stallbaumer received the Distinguished Service Award.

“Since 1997, the chamber has recognized one business each year for its efforts, accomplishments and contributions to the community,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Valerie Earl said in an email.

“Our 2019 Business of the Year has been providing services to our community since 1976,” Earl said. “It has now grown to 10 Providers with 6 specialists and two locations.  Located at 507 E 16th street, many of us have grown to count on the Sumner County Family Care Center. They continue to expand their services to the needs of the community.”

Tanner Ford, president of Wellington Young Professionals, presented the Young Professional Award of the Year to Michelle Wellington.

“If there’s an event going on in Wellington, there’s a good chance she’s a part of it,” Ford said. “She’s an outgoing, energetic person and she’s fun to be around.”

Wellington’s community activities include involvement with the Social Sisterhood of Wellington, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Board of Directors, Crusader Club and Lions Club.

A video was shown with various people talking about Stallbaumer before he was presented the Distinguished Service Award.

Shelley Hansel, who was interviewed in the video, said later, “Roger’s just one of those guys that’s always promoted Wellington.”

Stallbaumer has been promoting Wellington since he was a star on the high school football team. He later served for several years on the Board of Education, then served two terms as Wellington mayor. 

“That could’ve been the end of it,” Hansel said. “He could’ve said ‘I’ve given my time’ but he volunteered to serve on the Housing Authority. He’s always looking for ways to serve the community.”

Hansel described Stallbaumer as “someone who listens more than he talks. You can tell he’s always listening to be informed about what the person is talking about. Roger’s a lifetime learner.”