By Allison Collins
BAINBRIDGE – The Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce recently announced this year’s Citizen of the Year, Barb Mulkins Spalholz, and Business of the Year, Scoville-Meno.
The Commitment to Community Dinner honoring recipients will take place Saturday, Oct. 27 at Sundown Golf & Country Club in Guilford, beginning with a 6 p.m. social hour and dinner at 7.
New York State Sen. Fred Akshar, R – Afton, and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, R – Bainbridge, will speak at the dinner.
Tickets are on sale through Oct. 20 at Bob’s Diner and NBT Bank Bainbridge.
Spalholz, 63, a longtime chamber board member and owner of VIP Tax & Payroll Service at 1 North Main St. in Bainbridge, said she learned of her selection last month. The chamber’s choice, she noted, followed a nomination and survey process. Spalholz has been involved with the chamber in different capacities for roughly 15 years.
“I’m honored, but I feel there are others that are just as well-qualified for it as I am,” she said. Spalholz has offered accounting, payroll and tax services since launching VIP in 2000.
The Citizen of the Year award is given to someone active in the Bainbridge community with a track record of exemplary community service.
“Barb has been actively involved with the chamber of commerce for years as a member of the board of directors, treasurer and as past president,” Chamber President John Payne said. “(She) is always willing to step up and volunteer where needed and she works endless hours each year at the General Clinton Canoe Regatta.”
Describing Spalholz as a “tremendous asset,” he added, “She is truly a deserving recipient of this year’s Citizen of the Year honor.”