Chamber lauds top members, leaders

FREDERICKSBURG Cham-ber of Commerce Chairman Mark Peterson, left, congratulates the organization’s award winners at last Thursday’s Chamber of Commerce banquet. From left are Richard Laughlin, Outstanding Chamber Man; Penny McBride, Out-standing Chamber Woman; Jim Lindley, Volunteer of the Year; Brad Hardin, Out-standing Public Servant; David Hardin, Student Community Achievement winner; and Ron Woellhof, Community Achievement award winners. (Jane Woellhof is not pictured.) – Standard-radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

A builder, an organization CEO and several community leaders were honored at the 94th Annual Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Awards Ceremony, held Thursday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Exhibition Hall.

Richard Laughlin and the chamber’s own Penny McBride were named Outstanding Chamber Man and Woman, respectively.

Laughlin is a contractor who has served in many civic capacities, while McBride found herself surprised by the voting committee’s selection.

Former hospital CEO Jim Lindley, and interim president of the Gillespie County Historical Society, was named Volunteer of the Year. Brad Hardin, market manager of American Bank of Texas, was named Outstanding Public Servant.         Ron Woellhof and wife Jane were given the Community Achievement Award. In the past year, the couple retired and sold their building that housed Showcase Antiques, a Main Street anchor for nearly four decades. Mrs. Woellhof was unable to attend, due to a family commitment.

In another “family moment,” Brad Hardin was named Outstanding Public Servant, while his son, David Hardin, was given the Student Community Achievement Award.

“I always stress that family comes first, but that community is also very important,” Brad Hardin told the crowd.

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