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The ninth annual Bremen Chamber of Commerce Dinner and Leadership Awards program saw a large crowd of around 100 on hand to honor local individuals who have contributed to the quality of life of Bremen for many years.
The Sept. 16 event at St. Isidore Hall, Bremen, culminated in the presentation of awards for youth service, volunteer of the year, and lifetime achievement.
Youth Service Awards â€” Cassandra J. Arndt, Bremen High School senior, and daughter of Jeff and Sandra Arndt. At 18, Cassandra already has many years of service in a variety of fields. She has donated a gallon of blood to the American Red Cross, received numerous training certifications from the Department of Homeland Security, and plans to enter the Indiana National Guard.
Kristopher Wickens, an eighth-grader at Bremen Elementary-Middle School, and son of Steve and Sabrina Wickens. Wickens, among other acts of leadership, volunteered on his last day of summer vacation to assist school leaders sort, mark and deliver dozens of new textbooks to classes at school.
Volunteer of the Year â€” Bremen Cub Scout Pack 256. Pack master Len Fish and Webelo master Ken King accepted the award on behalf of the boys whose first meeting of the new season was scheduled elsewhere at the same time. Fish and King said their goal was to teach the boys how to demonstrate compassion and how to conduct themselves properly. Projects included collecting 80 pounds of candy for American military personnel serving overseas to hand out to children in the areas in which they serve, and collecting 65 toys for the Bremen Fire Department to dispense over the Christmas holiday.
Lifetime Achievement Awards â€” Town attorney David Holmes was introduced by his wife, Jan, who told of his numerous achievements, including coaching Little League for 20 years, and added, â€śI pick on him a lot, but Iâ€™m so ... proud of him!â€ť
Holmes said his move from South Bend to Bremen many years ago had made it possible for him to have â€ślived the dreamâ€ť and asked for others to continue to build the town, one volunteer at a time.
Andy and Judy Baker were introduced by their son, Jack, who said the â€śold brown vanâ€ť used by the family in furniture deliveries for many years represented their investment in Bremenâ€™s future because the van meant a furniture delivery from the Browns. They put young people in a position of trust by hiring them to make the deliveries and held them accountable to represent the business. Jack said, â€śTo be a leader, youâ€™ve got to teach leadership. And thatâ€™s what they did.â€ť
Al Glant, who is deceased, was given the award posthumously. It was accepted by his son, Dick Glant, on behalf of the Glant family. He shared the history of the funeral home and ambulance business his father owned and operated, and added how grateful the family was that their patriarch was so honored. He added, â€śDad would just be proud as a peacock.â€ť