Scott Witzig was honored with the Distinguished Service Award at the Chamber of Commerce dinner on Saturday.

Witzig, the Executive Director of the Morton Community Foundation, said his father had been a great role model to follow in the community.

“Most of all, what he did was model the life of a believer in Jesus Christ. That modeling of Christ has been what I hope has made a difference in my life,” Witzig said.

He also thanked the community for honoring him with the award.

“I just appreciate working with so many in this community,” he said. “I love Morton. I couldn’t be prouder to be part of this community.”

Also receiving an award at the chamber dinner was Kim Kirk, who was honored with the Volunteer of the Year award.

Before the awards were given, Katie VandenBerg, the outgoing board president, gave a recap of 2012 for the chamber. During the presentation, she announced that the chamber would be donating $25,000 to the Morton Downtown Plaza project.

After the recap, Aaron Miller was announced as the incoming board president for 2013. Miller said the focus for the board for 2013 is Educate, Improve and Enhance the chamber through its members and community.

As part of this, Miller announced that a roundtable is being planned for next month to explain the benefits of the chamber to its members and the incentives available for free to members.

Miller was also part of the video presentation used to announce this year’s theme for the Pumpkin Festival, Carnivale.

The announcement, made by incoming board vice president Bill Aupperle, followed a video where Miller tried on various Carnivale-themed costumes and was covered with glitter.

See more about the theme choice in an upcoming edition of the Morton Times-News.

The chamber ambassadors were also recognized at the program. Special recognition was given to Emily Jacob and Dan Martin, two retiring ambassadors.