Jama Carpenter, American Legion, outgoing leader recognized

Showcasing their welcoming aloha spirit, Cambridge City Chamber of Commerce members again shared love for their community and its businesses and volunteers.

Two awards were presented during a luau-themed annual dinner and networking night at The Archive, held March 16.

Jama Carpenter won the Small Town Big Heart honor.

“There is a lot to be said about the people who step up and do things they see need to be done without hesitation or recognition, and this year’s recipient did just that,” said Beth Leisure, who has served as the organization’s president for several years. “Jama stepped up and took on this past year’s Canal Days parade and brought back the Canal Days queen contest. Her work in the community doesn’t stop there. She continues to volunteer and help where needed and when called upon.”

Carpenter called the surprise “a humbling honor.”

“I’m most proud to be from such a supportive, generous and thoughtful community like ours,” Carpenter replied on the organization’s social media. “I’m hopeful to continue to do kind things and help our community flourish for many, many years.”

American Legion leaders Adjutant David Siggers, left, and Commander Eric Triplitt received the Outstanding Community Service award from Tamra Davis, the chamber’s new president. Supplied

In addition, American Legion Post 169 received the Outstanding Community Service award.

Leisure said the town is fortunate to have a group as generous as the Legion, which supports many local organizations, clubs and sports teams through proceeds from its Friday night Stars and Stripes drawing. For instance, Lincoln Middle/High School’s archery club plans to use its recent donation to buy new targets.

Leisure also was recognized as the chamber’s outgoing president. She has served in that role for more than 10 years. She agreed to stay on the board as vice president to help new president Tamra Davis through the transition.

Leisure said it’s the right time to get some younger volunteers with new ideas and more energy into chamber leadership roles.

The organization offers networking opportunities and several community events beyond Canal Days, such as July fireworks and Christmas Wonderland.

This year’s guest speaker was Tanner Watson, an associate attorney with Indianapolis-based Ice Miller.

Indy Hula entertained guests with traditional Polynesian dances, and Big Poppa’s Pork Pit and Lakeview Restaurant served refreshments.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 29 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.