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Randy Fox (left) was named the 2013 H.D. Hume Outstanding Service Award winner during the annual Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce dinner Friday night. “I’m amazed, honored, humbled,” he said as Alison Wasmer, chamber executive director, looks on. NewsTribune photos/Tamara Abbey
Todd Phalen (left), the 2013 Sweet Corn Festival Volunteer of the Year is congratulated by past-president and retiring board member Brian Fisher during the Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner Friday night.
MENDOTA — The Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce annually awards the Tom Merwin Gold Star Employee award based on nominations from the public. This year the award went to two people. Executive director Alison Wasmer said nominations were received for the late Sarah Dalton for her work at Goslin’s Drug Store. Dalton died in a car accident on April 12. Her parents, Jim and Darla Cocanour, accepted the award on her behalf. The second winner was Lori Simonton for her “professional, efficient and friendly, work” at First State Bank. Another First State Bank employee who has spent a lot of time at the podium during previous chamber dinners was presented with the H.D. Hume Outstanding Service Award. Mike Wasmer, a previous winner, introduced Randy Fox, the 2013 winner as “one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.” The 2013 Sweet Corn Festival Volunteer of the Year went to Todd Phalen for his work in all areas of the annual festival. Beautification awards went to Becker Chiropractic, Mendota Area YMCA, Schimmer Chevrolet Buick Inc. and Waterfalls. Kara Sellers, 2013 chamber president, addressed the members one last time and thanked them for all their hard work, a principal she embraced during her tenure. She will remain on the board as past president. “You just dig in - you don’t ask questions, you just go and dig,” she said. “We are so blessed to be from Mendota.” Officers for the 2014 year are Megan Bromenschenkel, president; Clint O’Brien, first vice president; Roy Camacho, second vice president; and Justin Lamboley, treasurer. Retiring board members are Sean Borchelt, Frank Bromenschenkel, Matt Bulfer and Brian Fisher. Tamara Abbey can be reached at (815) 539-5200 or email@example.com
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