AZTEC The Aztec Chamber of Commerce on Saturday recognized residents and businesses for their service during the chamber's annual dinner at the Aztec Senior Community Center.

The theme for this year's dinner was new beginnings, which played into changes the chamber announced at the event.

The chamber's board of directors recommended changes to the organization's constitution and bylaws and asked participating businesses for input.

The changes include cutting down on the number of directors on the board, reducing directors' terms of office to two years, replacing the offices of executive president and second vice president with a single office, adding several standing committees and eliminating the requirement for an executive director.

Also on Friday, Good Samaritan's Four Corners Village received the award for Business of the Year. Beth Lee was awarded Educator of the Year, and Sandra Lanier won Chamber Person of the Year.

After the dinner, Vani Barry, the director of Good Samaritan's Four Corners Village, credited the award to the work of the staff at the senior home on Care Lane in Aztec.

She said over the past year the company has implemented new processes and focused on improving training. This has helped motivate the staff, who have been able to see the changes firsthand, she said.

"All of them have the heart to be there and that makes all the difference," Barry said.

New to the ceremony this year was the Economic Development Award, which was presented by the Economic Development Advisory Board.

The award was given to Sam Blue, the president of Ace Development in Aztec.

Blue has been working on development, which includes the Microtel hotel, in the southern part of Aztec.

In his acceptance speech, Blue said he plans to continue bringing businesses to Aztec.

"We're bringing in a major business every year," he said.

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