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Crane, Millers honored by Chamber

Garden Club, Ford Country, Mowdy also get top awards

The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce honored a generous volunteer and a couple who have organized numerous events during the past year at its 62nd annual banquet Thursday in the junior-high commons.

Jeff and Angel Miller were named citizens of the year, Linda Crane outstanding citizen of the year and the Linwood Acres Garden Club was named organization of the year.

Rockdale Country Ford picked up the business of the year award and Homer Mowdy was ambassador of the year.

AWARDS—Janice King, Chamber chair, presented the plaques before a crowd of 200, while awards were read by Charlie McGregor, master of ceremonies.

Crane, longtime employee of the Rockdale ISD Food Service program, was coaxed out of retirement due to her “expertise in the kitchen.”

In addition to her numerous activities, McGregor noted “her generosity is in her heart. There are thousands of gifts of kindness to individuals that no one knows about.


Award winners included: Seated (L-R) Margo Gilless, accepting for Linwood Acres Garden Club, organization of the year; Linda Crane, outstanding citizen of the year; standing, Chris Huff and Eric Paulsen, accepting for Rockdale Country Ford, business of the year; Homer Mowdy, ambassador of the year. Award winners included: Seated (L-R) Margo Gilless, accepting for Linwood Acres Garden Club, organization of the year; Linda Crane, outstanding citizen of the year; standing, Chris Huff and Eric Paulsen, accepting for Rockdale Country Ford, business of the year; Homer Mowdy, ambassador of the year. The Millers, were lauded for working with the booster club’s Father-Daughter Dance, golf tourney, youth basketball, Christmas Roundup, RCS Food Pantry, Rotary and Lions Clubs, community wide pep rallies and more.

The garden club has donated to organizations including the MARC Center, depot-museum and Garden of Hope, organizes an annual plant exchange and awards an annual scholarship.

Rockdale Country Ford, one of the town’s largest employers, drew praise for its support of auto shows and youth activities and for its weekly spotlighting of local businesses in The Rockdale Reporter.


Jim Reed was speaker. Jim Reed was speaker. Mowdy was termed “the muscle behind the Chamber Ambassadors” and “always ready to lend a helping hand.” He has served as vice-president of the organizati0n for several years.

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

• Outstanding Support, Luminant Diversity Council.

• Continuous Support, Luminant.

• W. H. Cooke Award (outstanding support by a business or organization), Bassler Base.

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

STUDENTS—A new set of awards in 2012. Julie Sulak presented leadership awards to RHS students.

Winners were Wesley Payne, Austin Caffey, Amanda Boyd, Emily McCoy, Cody Mynar, Erin Free, Cierra Pomykal and Emily Norris.

PROGRAM—Jim Reed, executive director of the Central Texas Council of Governments, who was also the speaker in 2013, expanded on his last year’s speech.

He again challenged the Rockdale community to set goals and create a vision.

“Last year I told you why, this year I’m going to tell you how,” he said.

Reed suggested the community form a “supercommittee” composed of representatives of the city, county, school district, Chamber, economic development (the MDD in Rockdale), to meet for a workshop with a facilitator.

That session would then come up with a master list for implementation by the community.

He said CTCOG had agreed to underwrite the session and Little River Health Care to sponsor a meal.

Entertainment was by the RHS Jazz Band, under the direction of Adrian Acevedo.

Program

Invocation and benediction were by Rev. Adam Straznicky of St. John’s United Methodist Church. Rev. Straznicky also led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mike Walko was recognized for his service as chairperson during the past year.

Directors

King is chair, Walko is past chair, Cynthia Lumpkin is chair-elect and Joyce Ford is treasurer.

Chamber directors are Don Brummett, Zach Gallop, Ann King, Jocelyn Lewis, Charlie McGregor, Dave Phillips, Sulak, Pat Watson and Rebecca King (associate).

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

Ambassadors

Chamber ambassa- dor officers are Margo Gilless, president, and Mowdy, vice-president.


UNITED WAY AWARDS—Seated (L-R), Patsy Gabriel, Luminant Diversity Council, outstanding organization; Charlie McGregor (KRXT), Kathy Cooke (Rockdale Reporter), Fred Lankford and daughter, Laylee, special support; standing, Miller and Kathie Bassler, Bassler Energy Services, W. H. Cooke Award; Don Montgomery and Eugene Holub, Luminant, continuous support. UNITED WAY AWARDS—Seated (L-R), Patsy Gabriel, Luminant Diversity Council, outstanding organization; Charlie McGregor (KRXT), Kathy Cooke (Rockdale Reporter), Fred Lankford and daughter, Laylee, special support; standing, Miller and Kathie Bassler, Bassler Energy Services, W. H. Cooke Award; Don Montgomery and Eugene Holub, Luminant, continuous support. Members are Betty Backhaus, Alma Faye Bell, Julia Cardona, Joyce Dalley, Anna Duncum, Joyce Ford, Charlie and Pat Watson, Toby Johnson, Andy and Debra Jackson, Cindy Jerman, Mowdy, Genie Newton, Billie Noack, Gerri Offield, Jeanette Patschke, Eva Strong, Jerry and Wanda Waggoner.


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