Alma Area Chamber of Commerce will host its Love Your Chamber Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Alma High School cafeteria.

The chamber’s Distinguished Service Award will be announced during the annual awards dinner as well as the community leader and business of the year awards, according to Bryan Huff, chamber executive director.

Beyond Church of Alma received last year’s Distinguished Service award while Ed Thicksten, long-time resident of Alma and former state legislator, received the community leader award. United Federal Credit Union in Alma was named the chamber business of the year.

Outgoing board member Debbie Fort will be recognized for her service and education to the chamber while Terry Carson and Rebecca Gann will be introduced as new board members, who will serve three-year terms.

Guest speaker for the Feb. 22 dinner will be Chuck Dovish, producer and host of “Exploring Arkansas” on the Arkansas Educational Television Network.

Before coming to AETN, Dovish was mainly known for his “Travelin’ Arkansas” segments which aired on KTHV- Channel 11 for more than 25 years.

Since October 2005, he has been producing and hosting “Exploring Arkansas,” which showcases all the high adventure in the Natural State, Huff said.

“This one-of-a-kind program features the most breathtaking and spectacular sites in Arkansas,” he said.

Dovish has also produced and hosted a one-hour documentary on Bayou Bartholomew, the world’s longest bayou which flows for 359 miles from Pine Bluff to Sterlington, La.

“After exploring Arkansas for more than 40 years, Dovish continues to surprise and entertain viewers with his adventures and subjects,” Huff said. “His philosophy throughout the years has always been to illuminate the culture and heritage of Arkansas, in addition to conservation and preservation of The Natural State.”

“Exploring Arkansas” was the 2009 recipient of the Sierra Club Conservation Award

The program can be seen at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday on AETN. The show repeats most Sundays at 5 p.m.

Dinner will be catered by Frank’s Restaurant. Individual tickets are $30. Corporate tables are $300 and will include six tickets and recognition leading up to and at the event. Tickets may be reserved by emailing