Chamber members Brian Gossard, left, Jeff Fritz, Andrew Mancinotti and Michael Mesker came prepared for horse racing Saturday evening for the Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner. Mesker won “Best Jockey.” His prize was a standing cooler. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Chamber members Brian Gossard, left, Jeff Fritz, Andrew Mancinotti and Michael Mesker came prepared for horse racing Saturday evening for the Delphos Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner. Mesker won “Best Jockey.” His prize was a standing cooler. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — Chamber members were off to the races Saturday evening for the annual dinner.

The sold-out event included a cocktail hour, horse racing, raffles and dinner.

Chamber Executive Director Maria Diltz welcomed everyone and thanked the member businesses and wished them a prosperous year.

Mayor Josh Gillespie also spoke, saying Delphos was moving in a positive direction.

“We have a budget in place with a $5 million carryover and came in under the 2017 budget with a $1.5 million investment in infrastructure,” Gillespie said. “We also have an officer on the drug task force and will be adding a K-9 officer through private donations.”

Gillespie also noted the administration and council will be taking a broader look at code enforcement.

“We have a lot to talk about so we can get some areas of our city cleaned up,” Gillespie added.

Business awards were given for longevity as a member of the chamber. German Mutual marked 155 years; Western-Southern Life, 130; The Union Bank Co., 125; Fort Jennings Communications, 110; Vetter Lumber, Lehmann’s Furniture and Brandehoff Jewelers, 70 years; Morris Chiropractic Clinic, 65; Cole Motor Sales, 60 years; Von Sossan Contracting, Inc., Vancrest of Delphos and U.S. Metalcraft, Inc., 55; Siefker Sawmill, Schulte Communications, Inc., Interfaith Thrift Shop and Hellman Nomina CPA, 40 years; BOST Benefits and United Equity, Inc., 35; Uppenkamp Paint & Body Shop, Lakeview Farms, Inc., Delphos Canal Commission and All Purpose Contracting, 30 years; YWCA Child Care Resource & Referral, Northwest Physical Therapy and Dancer by Gina, 25; Service Master “At Your Service,” 20 years; Wishing Well Pediatrics, Delphos Fuel & Truck Wash and Delphos Discount Drugs, 15; The Point Marathon, The Dairy Hut, Flowers on Fifth and 4-K Tire, 10 years; and Mohr Smiles, Inc., and Weber Funeral Home, 5 years.

The new Chamber Board of Directors were announced, including President Angie Gable, Vice President Jodi Moenter, Treasurer Alisha Reaman and directors Stacy Youtsey, Kelly Rist, Rene Metzner, Jeff Fritz, Ryan Clark, Brian Gossard and Alexa Schrader. Incoming directors are Jamie Clark, Michael Mesker, Chad Schrader, Virginia Riffle and Zach Metzner. Outgoing are President Clint Gable, Vice President Anita Lindeman and directors Ryan Carder, Jennifer Moenter and Cheryl Stocke.

The derby theme was evident with big hats, summer suits and jockeys. Ten horse races provided the entertainment with bidding, horse buy-backs and more.

Special awards were given for “Best Hat” won by Ashley Ulm; “Most Dapper Man” won by Derek Klaus; and “Best Jockey” won by Michael Mesker.