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BLACKFOOT â€” Each year the Prospectors' Club, a community support organization made up of former Chamber presidents and other Blackfoot business leaders, honors one individual.
"It's for those who've gone beyond the norm for the community," said president Leonard Martin, the publisher of the Morning News.
This year's recipient of the Best Foot Forward Award, presented at the Greater Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, is Susan Nalley.
"Susan has been very involved with victims of domestic violence for many years," Martin noted from her nomination document. "She will always go the extra mile to make sure that those victims are well cared for both personally and mentally.
"Susan has been very involved with the Christmas Tree Fantasy for many years," Martin continued. She has also acted as chairman of that event."
In addition, he said, she is involved with the young women in her church.
"Susan is an extraordinary woman," Martin continued. "She is dedicated to our great community, and is able to always see the positive in any situation."
Chamber president Shirley Brumfield noted that 28 new businesses joined in 2011.
She and executive director Leah Rigby presented awards to some businesses whose owners have been particularly supportive of the Chamber in the past year.
Honored as members of the year were Bingham Memorial Hospital and the Morning News.
"The hospital helps us so much," Brumfield said. "And the Morning News is so much help with our activities. They and their staff are everywhere."
Shirley Robinson received the Chamber's volunteer of the year award.
"She's someone very dedicated to Blackfoot and a huge help to the Chamber," Brumfield said. "She has managed Pride Days for several years."
Brumfield also recognized those who help with the Easter Egg hunt, the Legislative Breakfast, with the July 4 fireworks show, with the Pride Days Triathlon, the golf tournament and the I Love ISU fundraising event.
She further honored David Miller, who helped with the transition to a new executive director last spring and Chamber office staffers Jesica Smith and Norma Jones.
"The Chamber can do a lot of things for you if you just use them," Brumfield concluded.