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Four receive awards at Chamber's Annual Meeting

September 29, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

Donna S. Kelly accepted the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Community Service Award on behalf of 15 other "ordinary women coming together, doing an extraordinary thing" on Thursday night at Fountain Head Country Club during the Chamber's 87th Annual Meeting.

Kelly accepted the award presented to Alpha Sigma Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Sorority, recognizing the runaway success of its annual "Purse-on to Person" auction that benefits Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley.

The purse auction raised $27,000 its first year and $42,000 its second year, said Brien J. Poffenberger, president of the Chamber.

Alpha Sigma also chooses smaller community service projects each month, and adopts a family in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The Chamber also recognized three people for their exceptional service to Washington County.

Jeanne F. Singer, an attorney and accountant, is the chamber's Volunteer of the Year.

Among other philanthropic activities, Singer co-founded the Women's Giving Circle of Washington County, which works to improve the quality of life for families in the community, and to improve the emotional and physical well-being of all women.

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Singer also serves as president of the board of Heartly House, which shelters victims of domestic violence, and on the boards of the Hagerstown-Washington County and Frederick County chambers of commerce.

Shelby H. Penn-Ross, a broker for Edward Jones Investments, was recognized as the Small Business Person of the Year. The downtown Edward Jones Investments office opened in 2004.

Penn-Ross said she was honored to receive the award in front of many of her mentors in the investment industry.

Penn-Ross consistently is ranked in the top 25 percent of the Edward Jones investment representatives. She serves on the boards of the Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association and the Hagerstown Kiwanis Club. Penn-Ross also has been honored by Edward Jones for outstanding sales and service, business management skills and training new brokers.

Business Person of the Year is Sten-ke Aronsson, senior vice president of Volvo Powertrain Corporation and head of Volvo Powertrain North America.

Aronsson requested that the members of his management team rise to share in the applause. Aronsson, who is from Sweden and has worked in Hagerstown since the spring of 2004, said he was humbled by the award.

While Aronsson has headed Volvo Powertrain in Hagerstown, the company has increased the number of employees from 1,150 to 1,750.

"I'm very pleased to be the conductor of a very well-performing Powertrain orchestra," he said.

At its 87th annual meeting, the Chamber also introduced its new board, and installed Bradley D. Pingrey as its new chairman.

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