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CELINA — The Annual Awards Banquet of the Celina Mercer County Chamber will be held on Thursday, March 6 at the Galleria in Celina. Social time will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 7 p.m. with awards given out after the guest speaker’s presentation.

This year’s guest speaker is Rick Metzger. “Drink, Steal, Swear and Lie (The four rules to success)” is his topic for the annual banquet. Rick comes from a rural background, having spent 20 years of his life on the family farm. He was a high school athletic coach and has competed in sports at the high school and professional level. He won gold medals at the 1995, 1997, and 2003 World Cup of Power Lifting.

He served as president of the Ohio and National FFA Alumni Association. Rick has a diverse background from sales and marketing to management in ag business and the lawn and garden industry.

He speaks throughout United States to student groups, educators, coaches, agriculture groups and corporate America. Rick’s success as a speaker is based on his broad background and his fast paced, high energy and down to earth approach. His program will enlighten, entertain and empower all who hear him.

Chamber awards applications are being taken and must be in by Feb. 7. The deadline has been extended due to extreme weather conditions. The four awards are Business of the Year, Citizens of the Year, Humanitarian and Achievement Awards. Award applications have been inserted into this newsletter. They are also available online at

Tickets are on sale now for $25 each or you can purchase a corporate table of eight for $195. RSVPs are due by Feb. 21st. Call the Celina Mercer County Chamber for tickets or further information at (419) 586-2219 or email