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Jackson, Lewises, KCs get top awards

King, Walmart, Marek, Lopez also honored


Rodney and Jocelyn Lewis won the outstanding citizen of the year award. Rodney and Jocelyn Lewis won the outstanding citizen of the year award. King, Walmart, Marek, Lopez also honored

The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce honored its immediate past chairperson, a livewire volunteer couple and a longtime service organization during its annual awards banquet Thursday in the junior-high commons.

Debra Jackson was named citizen of the year, Rodney and Jocelyn Lewis outstanding citizens of the year and Knights of Columbus Council 7014 organization of the year.

Walmar t picked up the business of the year award, Janice King was ambassador of the year and Donny Marek and Michael Lopez picked up “Good Neighbor” awards.

AWARDS—Mike Walko, Chamber chair, presented the awards before a crowd of 250.

He praised Jackson for her volunteer activities, including being Chamber Ambassadors president, president of the Linwood Acres Garden Club and serving on the board of directors of Rockdale Federal Credit Union.


Award winners: Seated (L-R) Debra Jackson, citizen of the year; Janice King, ambassador of the year; Cody Rackley, assistant manager of Walmart, business of the year; Jody Darby, grand knight of Knights of Columbus Council 7014, organization of the year; Michael Lopez, manager of Walmart, business of the year, and good neighbor award, Donny Marek, good neighbor award. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Award winners: Seated (L-R) Debra Jackson, citizen of the year; Janice King, ambassador of the year; Cody Rackley, assistant manager of Walmart, business of the year; Jody Darby, grand knight of Knights of Columbus Council 7014, organization of the year; Michael Lopez, manager of Walmart, business of the year, and good neighbor award, Donny Marek, good neighbor award. Reporter/Mike Brown The Lewises, owners of Rockdale Signs and Photography, were lauded for collecting toys for Christmas Roundup throughout the year, involvement with the MARC Center and “sponsoring and donating to just about everything in Milam County.”

Walko noted the KCs contribute to many community events including Meals on Wheels, Roundup and Capital Area Food Bank, provide scholarships and helped ensure the new Place of Hope project was completed.


United Way awards; Seated (L-R) Kathy Cooke, The Rockdale Reporter and Charlie McGregor, KRXTFM, special support; Katharine Ladd, Luminant Diversity Council, W. H. Cooke Award; standing, Don Montgomery and Jim Stanley, Luminant, outstanding support; Dr. Craig Spinn, Thorndale ISD, continuous support; at right, speaker Jim Reed exhorts town to face future challenges. United Way awards; Seated (L-R) Kathy Cooke, The Rockdale Reporter and Charlie McGregor, KRXTFM, special support; Katharine Ladd, Luminant Diversity Council, W. H. Cooke Award; standing, Don Montgomery and Jim Stanley, Luminant, outstanding support; Dr. Craig Spinn, Thorndale ISD, continuous support; at right, speaker Jim Reed exhorts town to face future challenges. Walmart management and associates “reach out into the community with a multitude of assistance and donations and undying generosity,” Walko said. “ They are also one of our biggest employers.”

King is president of the Chamber Ambassadors. “She tackled her work with great enthusiasm and has greatly motivated the members,” Walko said.

Marek was termed a “can do” person. “If you need anything frommovingafloat, hauling chairs and tables, putting up and taking down tents, directing traffic and parking at events, this is the one who never tells us ‘no’,” Walko said.

Lopez, who is Walmar t manager, “has a huge heart and is always ready to step in and help in any capacity that he can in our community,” Walko said.

UNITED WAY—Denise Doss and Jeanie Weed, South Milam County United Way board members, announced the annual UW awards as follows:

• Cont inuous Suppor t , Thorndale ISD.

• Outstanding Suppor t, Luminant.

• W. H. Cooke Award (outstanding support by a business or organization), Luminant Diversity Council.

• Special support, The Rockdale Reporter, KRXT-FM.

PROGRAM—Jim Reed, executive director of the Central Texas Council of Governments, challenged the community to f ind a new direct ion in the future.


Supportive crowd of 250 filled junior-high commons for 61st annual Chamber awards banquet. Supportive crowd of 250 filled junior-high commons for 61st annual Chamber awards banquet. “Amazing opportunities are often disguised as impossible challenges,” he said.

Reed had visited several Rockdale businesses during the afternoon and lauded Rockdale’s quality of life as “one of the best kept secrets in Texas.”

“You’ve got the best people in the world,” he said.

KRXT’s Charlie McGregor served as banquet emcee and entertainment was by the RHS Jazz Band, under the direction of Adrian Acevedo,

Program

Invocation and benediction were by Rev. Royal Johnson, pastor of Rising Star Baptist Church.

Donald David of VFW Post 6525 led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Jackson was recognized for her service as chairperson during the past year.


Entertainment for the evening was by RHS Jazz Band under the direction of Adrian Acevedo. Entertainment for the evening was by RHS Jazz Band under the direction of Adrian Acevedo. Directors

Walko is chair, Jackson is past chair, Bob Stevens is chair-elect and Joyce Ford is treasurer.

Chamber directors are Bob Wilson, Dave Phillips, Cindy Jerman, Pat Watson, Mitul Patel, Michael Lopez, Tia Garrett, Melissa Brown, Cyndia Ingram and Rebecca King (associate).

Denise Brock, was recognized as the Chamber’s executive assistant.

Ambassadors

Chamber ambassador officers are Janice King, president, and Homer Mowdy, vice-president.

Members are Betty Backhaus, Alma Faye Bell, Julia Cardona, Mario Casarez, Juan and Lorena Castillo, Joyce Dalley, Anna Duncum, Joyce Ford, Margo Gilless, Keith Neill, Andy and Debra Jackson, Cindy Jerman, Eugenia Newton, Billie Noack, Gerri Offield, Jeanette Patschke, Eva Strong, Renata Rocha, Jerry and Wanda Waggoner, Charlie and Pat Watson and Toby Johnson.


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