Thorndale Chamber honors award winners

Betak, Arreola win scholarships
By DARLEEN TUCKER
TACC Secretary


Thorndale Chamber of Commerce award winners include (l-r) Charlene Olbrich, citizen of the year; Annette Rieger (accepting Terrell Weise, farmer of the year; Taryne Betak, outstanding student for her late husband Donald), agribusiness person of the year; scholarship; Ana Arreola, outstanding student scholarship; Brian Woelfel, business person of the year. Thorndale Chamber of Commerce award winners include (l-r) Charlene Olbrich, citizen of the year; Annette Rieger (accepting Terrell Weise, farmer of the year; Taryne Betak, outstanding student for her late husband Donald), agribusiness person of the year; scholarship; Ana Arreola, outstanding student scholarship; Brian Woelfel, business person of the year. Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Open House was held May 28, at the TACC Building with a wonderful crowd of family and friends. Awards were presented to the following citizens:

CITIZEN OF YEAR—The 2012 Citizen of the Year is Charlene Olbrich. Charlene has been a long-time supporter of the Ex-Students Association for Thorndale High School. She is also responsible for writing a column in the Champion each week that keeps everyone updated on what is going on with ex-students. She worked at Thorndale High School for many years as school secretary. She has given much of her time to keeping the records that help keep all of the ex-students connected and in touch.

BUSINESS PERSON—The 2012 Outstanding Business Person is Brian Woelfel of Woelfel Automotive. Brian is a big supporter of 4-H and FFA students as well as youth sports in Thorndale. He is also very helpful in providing good service to area residents when their car or truck is in need of repair.

FARMER—The 2012 Farmer of the Year is Terrell Weise of Weise Farm. Terrell raises corn, milo, wheat, oats and hay in both Milam and Williamson Counties. As a scout for the athletic program, he has also been a big part of the Thorndale Bulldogs success in reaching three state championships in football and two in baseball. He also has served on the Thorndale Co-op Board, and now ser ves on the County Committee for FSA.

AGRIBUSINESS PERSON—The 2012 Agribusiness Person of the Year went to the late Donald Rieger. Donald passed away this year after a short battle with cancer. However, his sons and grandsons will carry on his legacy in hay production and raising cattle south of Thorndale. His wife, Annette, accepted the award for Donald.

STUDENTS—One 2012-13 Outstanding Student $500 scholarship was given to Taryne Betak. Taryne has been active in serving her school, community and church during her high school days. In addition, she maintained good grades and was also active in athletics.

Also receiving a 2012-13 Outstanding Student $500 Scholarship was Ana Arreola. Ana has been active in FCCLA and UIL activities during her high school days. She received seven awards during a recent assembly for outstanding achievement in several academic areas. She has also been involved in Thorndale Cares and other community service activities.

The event included light refreshments and a short program featuring the biographies of the award winners. The TACC directors would like to thank all for their support of these honorees and look forward to providing many more activities to encourage community service in our town.

The TACC would also like to invite you to join the chamber so you can help us bring these family-friendly events to Thorndale. We take individual memberships as well as business memberships. Please call Brian Morton at 512-658-5378 or Darleen Tucker at 512-898-2727 if you would like to join the chamber.


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