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The NOACC presented the 2018 Bright Star award to Colleen Lockhart (second to left) who is accompanied by her husband Rich Lockhart (left) and (r-l) Middlefield Chamber executive director, Lynnette Bramley; Donna Longrich, past recipient and Mark Longrich.(MP PhotoNOACC)

The Chamber Bright Stars for 2018 were recognized on Oct. 25 at the semi-annual Chamber Leadership meeting and 11th annual Chamber Bright Star Awards presentation of the Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce (NOACC) at Pinstripes in range Village.

More than 40 chambers of commerce across northern Ohio nominated a person from their Chamber as heir “Bright Star,” to recognize a chamber member who has “made a significant impact on the chamber through membership, retention, sponsorship, economic development, operations and/or education.” Each Bright Star is an active chamber member for no less than two years and is likely to be an unsung hero or a dedicated behind-the-scenes volunteer.

Colleen Lockhart was selected by the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce as their 2018 Bright Star and accepted her plaque and trophy from Tony Gallo, NOACC Chairman and President of the Lorain County Chamber. Lockhart creatively brings great new ideas while putting in the hard work to get projects done right. She strives to make Middlefield Chamber the best for its members and is excited by the programs offered to members through NOACC. She is a staff writer on the Middlefield Post newspaper and serves on the Geauga County Department on Aging Advisory Board.  

Bright Stars are volunteers who represent a wide range of involvement withtheir respective chambers; some have been members, officers or chairman for 20-plus years and some are newly involved, but each works hard for their chambers without any expectations. This is the 11th year NOACC Bright Star Awards has recognized these outstanding volunteers.

Tony Gallo, NOACC Chairman said “A chamber’s success is due in great part to the support from its volunteers.  They are the true cheerleaders of our organizations and deserve our praise and appreciation regularly.”  

Bright Star photos and information are available at www.noacc.org/brightphotos.html.  The link to the photos and the video from this year’s event are posted on the www.noacc.org website.

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