Awards flow at Chamber banquet
Cindy Jerman, Dr. Lucile Estell, the Original 12 Civic & Social Club, Midway Grocery and Bad to the Bone Motorcycle Club won the top awards as the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce banquet drew a crowd of more than 300 to Rockdale Junior-High School Thursday.
Master of ceremonies Charlie McGregor introduced visitors and recognized elected officials.
TOP CITIZENS—Jerman was Citizen of the Year.
“She has been a moving force in Rockdale for many years,” said Mayor Dr. Larry Jones who presented awards.
She has served in many ways but always with a caring heart and interest in Rockdale’s citizens,” he added.
Jerman has been involved with Rockdale Rotary, Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Ambassadors, and Greater Rockdale E-Access Team (GREAT).
“Her work at the Workforce Solutions of Central Texas has been acclaimed around the region as she brings to her job the same qualities she gives out in the community of caring and love for all,” Dr. Jones said.
He said Dr. Estell “has been a stalwart and icon in the community.”
“Upon her retirement she came back to her home town which was a blessing for Rockdale. She immediately got involved with First Baptist Church, Milam County Historical Society, Rockdale Historical Society, Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Library, Thursday Reading Club, Linwood Acres Garden Club, and many other parts of Rockdale.
“She is also involved at the state level with the Texas Historical Commission and the El Camino Real de los Tejas State Board. Her love of history is evident in everything she does but more than that, her love of Rockdale is apparent in all that she is involved in,” Dr. Jones said.
“Jim and Shelley Eanes have been in business since 1984 and have donated to the Athletic Booster Club, MARC Run, Milano Senior Citizens, Rockdale Youth Baseball, Girls Softball, Rockdale PD Officer of the Year, I& GN Depot, Toys for Tots, Blue Santa, Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and so many other events too numerous to mention,” Dr. Jones said.
The Original 12 Civic & Social Club was named organization of the year.
“They have supported a variety of organizations and efforts in Rockdale, including Eastside Tutoring, Rockdale Youth Baseball, Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, Rockdale Senior Citizens Center, Police Department Officer of the Year, Project Graduation, Thanksgiving community-wide meals, Milam County Child Protective Services, and so many more worthy cause.”
GOOD NEIGHBORS—The Good Neighbor Award, not presented every year, went to Bad to the Bone. In 2002 this group began a motorcycle run to benefit the MARC Center and to date has raised more than $60,000 to support activities at the MARC Center,” Dr. Jones said.
The organization also founded the Buddy Oney Toy Run to benefit needy children at Christmas and has organized other motorcycle runs to raise money for individuals, he noted.
UNITED WAY— Raymon Puente, South Milam County United Way president, announced the annual UW awards as follows:
• Outstanding Suppor t by individual, Paul Dixon of Edward Jones.
• W. H. Cooke Award (outstanding support by a business or organization), Rockdale Federal Credit Union.
• Special support, Rockdale Signs & Photography, and Brookshire Bros. super market.
MORE AWARDS— Julia Cardona was named Chamber Ambassador of the Year.
“She organized the Christmas Costume Stroll, she attends the mixers and ribbon cuttings and is always ready to help with the next project,” said Denice Doss, Chamber president.
Immed iate pa st C ha mber board chair Cody Caldwell was presented a plaque in recognition of his service by the new board chair for 2011, Jerman.
Jerman is chairman, Becky Booker Marek is chairman-elect and Deedra Jacob is treasurer.
Chamber directors are Debra Jackson, Chris Dyess, Mitul Patel, Lindsey Cleveland, Joyce Ford, Wallace Jones, Hunter Matula, Rob Schackart, Michelle Morgan, Denice Doss (president) and Shelly Stautz (executive assistant).
Michelle Lehmkuhl is the sole retiring director.
Stautz, was recognized for her work during the past year.
Denice Doss listed winners of the silent auction which was held in conjunction with the banquet.
Willie Phillips gave the invocation and benediction.
Chamber ambassador officers are Cardona, president; Jackson, vicepresident; and Wanda Waggoner, communications.
Members are Betty Backhaus, Alma Faye Bell, Lorena Castillo, Anna Duncum, Ford, Margo Gilless, Cecil and Marilyn Hicks, Jerman, Toby Johnson, Janice King, Homer and Alice Mowdy, Eugenia Newton, Gerry Offield, Jeanette Patschke, Renate Rocha, Jerry Waggoner, Charlie and Patricia Watson, Marie Williams.