Rachel and Justin Kroh were honored as Citizens of the Year for their work with Sleep in Heavenly Peace. These awards are the highest civic recognition presented to an individual in Gardner and Edgerton and signify excellence in community and corporate relations. They will be honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Gardner Rotary Club and serve as the Grand Marshal of the Johnson County Fair Parade. Submitted photo


About 150 persons attended the Gardner Edgerton Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting April 24 at KC Wine Co.
Winners of the Citizen and Business of the Year were announced and honored at the meeting.
The awards are the highest civic recognition presented to an individual and a business in Gardner and Edgerton. They signify excellence in community and corporate relations and a commitment to community above all else, said Jason Camis, GE Chamber president.
Rachel and Justin Kroh were honored as Citizens of the Year for their work with Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Nexus Accounting was selected as Business of the Year. They will be honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Gardner Rotary Club and serve as the Grand Marshal of the Johnson County Fair Parade.
Criteria for nominees were: strong record of exceptional generosity through direct financial support or through significant volunteer time; has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to philanthropy; has encouraged and motivated others in the business community to take leadership roles in; philanthropy and community involvement; Active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community; This individual serves as a role model for others; and be of high ethical and moral standards.
Other Citizen of the Year Nominees were: Kristina Harrison, Tom Mertz , Tressa Stone, Daniel Cain, Tamela Stockton, Claudia Pratt, Charlie Troutner, Shane Holloway, Mary Nelson, Connie Wright, Greg Martinette, Pam Stranathan and Peggy Reed.
Business of the year was awarded to Nexus Accounting, Cara Duchesne, 213 Main, Gardner. Duchesne was out of town and unable to attend.
Other business of the Year Nominees were: ColdPoint, Arvest Bank, Stockton & Stern, Price Chopper, SafeDefend, LLC, Patriots Bank, Santa Fe Air Conditioning, Pyro Papas and Groundhouse Coffee House.
Nominees had to be: located in Edgerton, Gardner or New Century or serve any of the three communities; dedication to customer service; quality of product or service; innovation and creativity in business; consistent pre-sales and after sales customer service; outstanding business accomplishments; active involvement in the community and/or business associations; expertise in their industry; and demonstrated new innovation within their business within the award year.