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Chamber presents Al Mills Award to Jennings

February 6, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

At last Monday's Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner, the Al Mills Citizen of the Year Award was presented to executive director Jennifer Jennings by Chamber president Melissa Koferi.

The Al Mills Citizen of the Island Award is named after one of Pine Island's community and business leaders. Mills was president of the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Com-merce and most re-sponsible for getting it up and running. The award is presented to one individual or organization each year in recognition for their dedication and commitment to island residents and the business community.

"Customer service is not a department it's an attitude," Koferi said. "If we know anybody on this planet who has the attitude for customer service, there's one person I can think of. It is with my utmost respect to give this nominee an award that crosses all boundaries of volunteerism.

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Chamber president Melissa Koferi, left, and Jennifer Jennings.


"The person to whom the Al Mills Award has been selected with everything in our hearts is Jennifer Jennings - the epitome of volunteerism. She's a leader and as the president of the chamber, not only did I become a leader but also a follower. She's just one of those people that everybody can talk to. It is my great honor to present this year's Al Mills award to Jennifer Jennings."

"I am extremely honored to have received the Al Mills Award," Jennings said. "I am earnestly grateful for the recognition I have received for my work, because I am very sure that every other nominee for this award was as capable, if not more, of winning this award. This would have not been possible without the inspiration I have received from my seniors and my colleagues, for whom I have the deepest respect for. I sincerely thank each one of you."

In other business, three new members were elected to the Chamber Board of Directors: Beth Sowers, GPICC Member & Welcome Center Volunteer; Robert Doyle of Rock Star Painting & Design; and Jenipher Johnson of Pine Island Plumbing

The 50/50 drawing benefited Florida Commercial Watermen's Conservation. According to its website, the mission of the FCWC "is to contribute our own water testing to help the scientific community gain a better understanding of our water quality issues and red tide events. As fisherman we are on the front lines every day and contributing our real-time testing will help scientists find comprehensive science-driven solutions to heal our water and protect our way of life."



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