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The Distinguished Service Award was presented to the Post Volunteer Fire Department. Receiving the honor are Fire Chief Les Looney (center) and Mark Short secretary of the department. PACC board member Kerry Dixon (right) presented the award.
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Community Recognizes Outstanding Citizens

Published March 1, 2012 @ 5:54 p.m.

The annual Chamber Awards banquet was February 25 with approximately 100 attending.  Sponsored by the Post Area Chamber of Commerce, the event provides an opportunity each  year for the community to share an evening together and recognize outstanding citizens, businesses and organizations.

The theme for this year's banquet was "Always Ready" in salute to the Volunteer Fire Department.  Banquet sponsors were the Giles W. Dalby Correctional Facility and Suddenlink West Texas. 

Xcel Energy sponsored the awards given this year to:

Citizen of the Year - Noel White

Business of the Year - Sassy Sunflower/Uncle Red's Ice Cream Parlor owned by Lana Conner and Richard and Shawnette Hinkle.

Conservation Rancher of the Year - John Ward.  The Rodgers Ranch where Ward currently lives was established in 1907 by the grandparents of his late wife, Nonnie and Irene Rodgers.  John married Nonnie Rodgers (named after her grandfather) in 1962 and moved to her family ranch after her grandfather passed away in February, 1963. The ranch in Garza County consists of 9,700 acres of rangeland.  Ward served on the Garza Soil & Water Conservation Board from 1970 thru 1974 and has been a District Cooperator since 1970. 

The presentation of Distinguished Service Award by Chamber Board member Kerry Dixon to the Volunteer Fire Department was an especially touching point in the evening.  The special award was a culmination of the appreciation and respect citizens of Post and Garza County have for this outstanding group of men and the challenges they face.  Fire Chief Les Looney and Department Secretary Mark Short accepted the award on behalf of the Fire Department.

Following the tradition of many past Chamber banquets, the Women's Division of the Post Area Chamber of Commerce decorated for the event.  Musical entertainment was provided by Margie Maestas and Chamber member P. J.'s Catering prepared the delicious meal.  Pre-banquet refreshments were provided by Brady's Package Store.  Many local businesses provided merchandise and services for the Silent Auction.

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