Naylor, Shevlin Named Rich Anderson Volunteers of the Year

COLUMBUS – Miki Naylor, Kurt Shevlin, and Scott Frost highlighted the Columbus Area Chamber’s 2018 Banquet.

Over 1,000 people packed themselves into Ag Park, on Monday night. What looked like a pond of red, compared to the sea of red that makes it’s way to Memorial Stadium on Saturdays, shared as much excitement as anyone to hear new Husker Head Football Coach Scott Frost share stories.

Frost shared several stories about his time transferring to the University of Nebraska as a player, to meeting Donald Trump with Matt Davison at the Espy’s, and the decision to return back home to coach his former team.

“And it was consensus among all our coaches that the right place for us to go because it fit us, because we could do things with class and character that were indicative of the people we were representing, and because of the support we got and 100 other reasons, that the right place for us to come was Lincoln, Nebraska,” said Frost.

Following Frost’s speech, the chamber honored several of it’s long standing members including Cornhusker Public Power who has been a member for 75 years, and Dick Tooley, Tooley Drug & Homecare, who remains a staple in downtown Columbus and the local chamber going on 50 years .

The night capped off with the Rich Anderson Volunteer-of-the-Year Award. The nominees included Miki Naylor, Don Heimes, Kurt Shevlin, and Jeff Gokie, and the committee vote for a winner resulted in a direct tie between Naylor and Shevlin.

“I appreciate all of these people here, and the chamber. There’s a fun group of people, and I so admire what they do for our community. I don’t know that other communities have this. I hope they do, because this is really awesome, and there is something actually great about Columbus.” said Naylor.

Chamber President K.C. Belitz said all four nominees have been integral parts of helping the community to grow and thrive.