The Carlisle Chamber of Commerce discussed plans for upcoming business appreciation dinner on Monday night during its regularly-scheduled meeting.

After last year’s successful business appreciation dinner, the Chamber has decided to modernize its annual Chamber banquet from fancy finger foods to a festive feast. Carlisle Chamber of Commerce President Judie said the purpose of the Chamber of Commerce is to help promote local businesses. She said hosting the dinner is just way to say "thank you" for staying local and helping to support the community of Carlisle.

"We want to show our businesses how much we appreciate them for being in Carlisle and for all they do in Carlisle," Bariola said.

Aside from a catered-type meal and guest speaker, the dinner will also serve as an avenue to present the annual Chamber awards to their deserving recipients. Some of the awards will include: Chamber Member of the Year, Business or the Year and the President’s Award.

A meeting has been scheduled for later in the week to discuss more concrete plans for the event. Tentative date for the dinner has been set for April 29 at the Civic Center. Sponsorship and donation letters for the evening event will soon be sent out.

Also during the meeting, the mayor’s report was given by Mayor Ray Glover. Glover said the 2014 City of Carlisle budget is looking good. He said the State of the City Address will be given next month at the council meeting. Plans for the year will include working on the parks and continue to cleaning up the town. More street paving projects will be done this summer along with digging more ditches, Glover said.

According to Glover there are several new businesses in town such as AgSecure, Colonial Southern Services and Precision Ag has made new additions along with Stratton Seed. Bingem Inc has purchased Brandt’s.

"Carlisle is growing," Glover said.

Glover said the city was also recently selected as the City of Distinction for Quality of Life award. He said this is something the entire community should be proud of.

"This is a great accomplishment and we should really utilize this award," Glover said.

In other chamber business, due to the hazardous winter weather in December, the annual chamber hamburger fundraiser supper was canceled. As one of the few fundraisers the Chamber holds and the success of the previous years supper during the parade, members decided to reschedule the hamburger supper for February. While plans have not been finalized at this time, tentative date for the supper is Feb. 22 in the Civic Center. More information will be announced to the public at a later date.

The next Chamber of Commerce meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Feb. 10 in the Civic Center.