Ferdinand Chamber recognizes Physical Oceanographer, town resident at annual dinner

Wednesday night was bittersweet for Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce board members.

Board members got together for one last dinner before merging with the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce.

The night was also extra special for a Ferdinand resident and a former resident of the town.

This year’s Alumni Award recipient is Rachel Potter. Potter is a Ferdinand native and graduated from Forest Park Junior-Senior High School in 1994.

Potter says getting recognized with the award was unexpected.

After high school, Potter went to the University of South Carolina to study marine science and mathematics. She later earned a master’s degree from Duke University in earth and ocean science.

Potter now lives in Fairbanks, Alaska as a Physical Oceanographer on the University of Alaska Fairbank’s College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Research Staff.

The recipient for this year’s Community Service Award is Barbara Mohr.

Mohr says receiving such an honor is humbling, and explains how she became so involved in the community.

Mohr has lived in Ferdinand for many years and is well known for her leadership roles in the community.

Like mentioned before, this was the last Ferdinand Chamber of Commerce Dinner before merging with the Huntingburg Chamber.

After the chambers merge, they will be known as the Dubois County Chamber of Commerce.

A search is already underway for individuals wanting to serve on the new chamber’s board of directors.

There is an application process, and those who are interested can contact Sara Schroeder at huntingburgchamber@gmail.com.

A search for a new director will begin sometime this month.

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