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Cuero Chamber hands out awards

Feb. 4, 2012 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 3, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.

Cuero Chamber of Commerce Award winners during the annual Cuero Chamber of Commerce membership social on Jan. 24 included, from left,  Bart and Denise Goebel, Agriculture Achievement Award; Blaire Jemelka, Citizen of Tomorrow; Sara Post Meyer, Community Service Award; Dawn and Eric Draper of Freund Funeral Home; Business of the  Year and Glenn Rea, Elvis Lamp recipient.

TRAVELING ELVIS LAMP

The traveling Elvis lamp, a tongue-in-cheek honor handed out every year at the Cuero Chamber awards ceremony, went to Glenn Rea, publisher and editor of the Cuero Record for 25 years. Rea must display the lamp prominently in his office for a year.

Award winners were honored on Jan. 24 at the annual Cuero Chamber of Commerce membership social.

The award winners included:

Citizen of Tomorrow: Blaire Jemelka, who ranks first in her class at Cuero High School. She is head varsity cheerleader and the, 2011 homecoming queen. She is a four-year member of the student council, president of the National Honor Society and a member of the Anchor Club. She has been accepted accepted to Texas A&M university where she plans to major in elementary education.

Business of the Year: Freund Funeral Home, Eric and Dawn Draper - The company has been in business more than 80 years, and is a supporter of youth and civic activities. They are members of Rotary Club, Pilot Club, Little League Association, Turkeyfest Association among others, and are the first Cuero Chamber husband and wife board members.

Agriculture Achievement Award: Bart and Denise Goebel - Bart Goebel is a member of Cuero Young Farmers, DeWitt County Go Texan board of directors, treasurer Cuero Livestock Show board. He holds memberships with the International Brangus Breeders Association, the Texas Farm Bureau and the Independent Cattlemen's Association. Denise Goebel works with 4-H programs through the DeWitt County Extension Service, runs computer programs for Cuero Livestock Show, has been honored by the DeWitt County Soil and Water Conservation District and Cuero FFA, among others.

Community Service Award: Sara Post Meyer - Cuero mayor, taught school for 27 years, is the former executive director of Cuero Chamber of Commerce, member of DeWitt County Wildflower Association, Keep Cuero Beautiful, Christmas in the Park, Cuero Charter Review Committee, Cuero Pilot Club, Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum, University of Houston-Victoria president's advisory board, DeWitt County Relay for Life, Victoria County Master Gardeners, DeWitt County Retired Teachers Association, Victoria Symphony, St. Michael's Church lector and Eucharistic minister.

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