Lindale chamber “Celebrates Goodness’’ of the community during 33rd annual banquet

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Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce officials “Celebrated Country Goodness’’ as well as another successful year Monday night (April 17) at the Hideaway Lake Clubhouse and presented special awards to the Citizen of the Year and Merchant of the Year.

This marked the 33rd annual banquet and silent auction for the LACC.

LACC Executive Director Shelbie Glover, in an emotion-filled speech, presented Nina Rodriguez Bryan as Citizen of the Year while Octavio De La Cruz was named Merchant of the Year by Rotary Club President Amanda Froebe.

“She’s a mother, grandmother and always has time to serve the community,’’ Glover said about Bryan. “And she always gives credit to God.

“Our city and community have benefited greatly from her presence.’’

A teary-eyed Bryan then accepted the award and was surprised by the gathering of family and friends near the back of the hall.

Froebe noted De La Cruz exemplified the Rotary Club’s famous “four way test.’’

“He is truthful, he is fair to all concerned, he builds good will throughout the community and his work is beneficial to all concerned,’’ she said. “His strength of character has contributed greatly to the city of Lindale.’’

Other awards presented during the night included city of Lindale Employee of the Year Det. Mike Lazarine of the Lindale Police Department; Lindale ISD Educator of the Year Michelle Noble and the LACC President’s Award winner Don Hines.

Lindale High School Principal Valerie Payne presented four students with awards -- two scholarship winners and two students of the year.

Scholarship winners were Rajel Flores and Corban Sorrells, while the students of the year were Peyton Mizell and Jonas Thrasher-Evers.

Outgoing president Jeff Crews spoke about his past year as president.

“It was an interesting year, but being involved is what it’s all about,’’ he said. “The challenge for all of us is to get involved. You will find it will make a difference in your life.’’

Incoming president Jerry Alexander urged members and future members to become involved in the chamber and the community.

“Lindale is an exceptional place and I am proud to be a part of it,’’ Alexander said. “The chamber wants to do what we can to make your business grow.’’

LACC CITIZEN OF

THE YEAR WINNERS

2017—Nina Rodriguez Bryan

2016 -- Jerry Alexander

2015 – Charlene Burton

2014 – Jim Mallory

2013 – Jerry Garner

2012 – Lindale Community Theater

2011 – Debbie Wortmann

2010 – Stan Surratt

2009 – Perry Mac Hutchens

2008 – Annie Baldwin

2007 – Bill Parrott

2006 – Helen Boylan Foundation

2005 – Gen. James “Red’’ Brown

2004 – Drs. Wendall and Donna Hand

2003 – John Becker

2002 – James Cowart

2001 – Dennis Taylor

2000 – Ed Neely

1999 – Bobby McClenny

1998 – Carolyn Todd

1997 – Barham Fulmer

1996 – Carroll Anderson

1995 – Pat Rogers

1994 – Herchal Duncan

1993 – Mary Ann McClenny

1992 – Clifford Bartley

1991 – Earl Baldwin

1990 – Eugene McClenny

1989 – Dr. Joe Roach

1988 – Dr. E.C. Kinzie

1987 – Jack Crook

LINDALE ROTARY CLUB MERCHANT OF THE YEAR

2017 – Octavio De La Cruz

2016 -- James Simmons

2015 – Medder’s Brake and Alignment

2014 – Eagle Pharmacy

2013 – Dr. Karen Gott

2012 -- Dale Kile, Medicine Chest Pharmacy

2011 –Zackie Gutzke

2010 – Carla Boyette

2009 – John Pittman

2008 – Amanda Froebe

2007 – Don Hines

2006 – Moe Snoubar

2005 – Debbie Wortmann

2004 – John Roberts

2003 – Delores Goodman

2002 – Scott Cassel

2001 – Polly Smith

2000 – Glenda Dintelman

1999 – Ruth Voyles

1998 – C. James Rutledge

1997 – Jim Withrow

1996 – Jean Compton

1995 – Larry Camp

1994 – Mark Hatfield

1993 – Wilbur Terry

1992 – Jerry Fleming

1991 – Perry Mac Hutchens

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