The Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce will begin its 60th year of operation with the annual meeting Oct. 9.
The event will take place at The Fountains of Ramsey, 7533 Sunwood Drive in Ramsey from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
The chamber will be honoring board members plus the Business of the Year and President Award winners will be announced.
The guest speaker will be author Peter Vodenka, who will talk about his incredible story of a “Journey For Freedom.” In June 1983, he along with his wife and their two children defected from behind the Iron Curtain of Communist Czechoslovakia.
In the middle of a cold, rainy night, they ran for their lives across the border from communist Yugoslavia to western Austria while being chased by guards with automatic weapons. He spent 10 years planning their escape.
Vodenka and his family eventually ended up in America unable to speak English. Today he is a successful businessman, author and motivational speaker.
The chamber is looking for table hosts for this event; a table of eight costs $100. Individual tickets are $15. Call the chamber to RSVP at 763-421-7130 or mail@anokaareachamber. com.