Nielsen, Dueckers honored with civil awards

STONEWALL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE president Brandon Weinheimer, right, congratulates Golden Service Award winners Henry and Kathy Duecker, left, and Outstanding Community Citizen Bradley Nielsen. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Bradley Nielsen was named Outstanding Community Citizen while Henry and Kathy Duecker won the Golden Service Award on Monday at the annual Stonewall Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

The event, held at the Stonewall Chamber building, featured an introduction of new board members, recognition of outgoing members and a talk on the wine industry by Maureen Qualia, enology instructor at Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg (see separate story on page A/B6).

Incoming chamber president Brandon Weinheimer said he was proud to lead the organization, especially considering his family’s deep roots in the area.

Weinheimer highlighted the chamber’s 2013 accomplishments, including a Casino Night, hosting the Peach JAMboree, and the Stonewall Seed Stomp Skidaddle 5K Run.

Weinheimer said upcoming chamber efforts include academic scholarships, supporting Stonewall exhibitors at the Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction, repairs and upgrades to the chamber building and grounds.

“We also want to work with the Stonewall Heritage Society toward getting a new welcome sign at the edge of town, and we want to develop closer ties with other organizations, such as the LBJ State Park and Historic Site,” he said.

The new president said the chamber would continue to support the efforts of the Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department, as well.

“We meet the third Monday of each month if anyone would like to attend, and we are open to ideas and suggestions,” he said.

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