Lake Cities Chamber Names Blazewicz Citizen of the Year

Lake Cities Chamber Names Blazewicz Citizen of the Year

by Susan Neuhalfen

Those who know Jerry Blazewicz  know him to be a humble man. Blazewicz is the owner of Daisy Cleaners which has been in business in Corinth for 50 years.  In his quiet manner, he has served the community of Corinth in many capacities.
That’s why it was no surprise to his colleagues at the Lake City Chamber of Commerce when he was named Citizen of the Year at their
annual banquet.
“People often talk about service above self,” quotes his fellow chamber member Bill Heidemann of DATCU Credit Union. “He exemplifies it every day.”
Blazewicz was in attendance with his wife at the banquet.  When his name was announced as Citizen of the Year, two of his three daughters and their families all appeared on stage to surprise him.
“One of them drove in from Topeka and the other from Dallas,” laughed Blazewicz.  “When they stepped out on stage I was in shock.”
His third daughter who lives in Japan was unable to travel as his next grandchild is due very soon.
When asked what the award meant to him, Blazewicz is quick to mention how honored he is join the previous recipients. They also serve as the judges for this award.
“They are all anchors in the community,” Blazewicz said of his predecessors. “I’m privileged to be a part of this.”
Chamber member Kathy King was named Volunteer of the Year.  King serves at the United Methodist Church and is the past president of both the Lions Club and Preschool Board.
“She approaches her volunteer work with the same zeal she applies to her professional life,” notes chamber member Susan Anderson.
“Whatever she undertakes will be done and done well.”
As for King, she said the whole experience was very humbling for her.
“I really appreciated the recognition,” King said, enthusiastically.  “I have truly enjoyed finding a variety of speakers for the chamber gathering for the last
14 years.”
Steve Gamel of Edit This was named member of the year.  Gamel, who is a freelance writer specializing in sports, has grown his new business in Corinth by editing websites, resumes, social media and more for his clients.
“I have been a part of this Chamber for about seven years, and there are plenty of amazing people that help make this a great area to live and work,” said Gamel. “To be recognized for my efforts as both a former president and active member is a great feeling.”
The Lake Cities ISD was named Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.
“People don’t realize just how involved LDISD is in our area,” explained chamber member Susan Newsom.  “ In addition to everything they do in the schools, they are very supportive of the Lake Cities community.”
Additionally, LDISD students Catriona Dunn, Austin Benedetti and Aaron Ruggiere were recipients of the Lake Cities Chamber scholarships. Dunn, a resident of Lake Dallas, plans to attend the University of Mary Hardin Baylor to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. Benedetti of Corinth is currently ranked 11th in the state among high school jazz drum set players. He will attend Texas A&M to pursue a degree in Engineering. Ruggiere, also from Corinth, plays in the Lake Dallas High School Band, jazz band, a local rock band and local churches. He plans to study music at college this fall.

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