Chamber accepting nominations for man, woman of the year

Notable people are all around and once a year the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce gives the community an opportunity to recognize those key players.Nominations for the 2012 Man and Woman of the Year are being accepted through the local chamber until 5 p.m. Jan. 9.“There are people all around us who are constantly working to make this community a better place,” said Debbye ValVerde, chamber executive director. “Many of those people work in the background so as to go unnoticed, but little do they know someone is usually watching and noticing the amazing things they are doing.”Nominations for Man and Woman of the Year must be submitted by a chamber member, but the nominees themselves do not have to be a member of the chamber, according to ValVerde. Any area resident who has shown an all around contribution to the community and has a consistent track record of doing so is able to be nominated.“There are many people who do extraordinary things with their business or place of employment and we commend those performers, but we want to recognize those people who go above and beyond day in and day out and strive continuously to improve the city of Big Spring and the community they live in,” ValVerde said. “We want those people to know that their work is not in vain and someone has noticed just what they have been doing.”There are a few exceptions however; those holding political offices should not be nominated. All nominees should be a resident in the area served by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce. When submitting a nomination, include any and all relevant information that should be considered in the selection process.“We don’t want to make this a popularity contest and in order to do that, judges will only take into consideration the information provided in the nomination and not refer to any personal knowledge of one’s background,” ValVerde said.Nomination forms can be picked up at the chamber office at 215 W. Third and should be returned no later than Jan. 9. Forms can be mailed to 215 W. Third or P.O. Box 1391, Big Spring, Texas. For more information or to request a nomination form, call the chamber at 432-263-7641.