Geneva hands out Chamber awards for past year

Authored by Jim Langham on Apr 11, 2014

Awards for the past year for the town of Geneva were awarded through the Chamber of Commerce and Geneva Proud at the Geneva Town Hall on Tuesday evening.
The Business of the Year award was presented to Lee Flueckiger, Adams County Financial Resources, while Volunteer of the Year honors was presented to Richard Schmidt by town marshal Rob Johnson.
Limberlost State Historic Site director Randy Lehman presented the Citizen of the Year award to Bill Hubbard and this year’s honored Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Doug Milligan.
This year’s Industry Award was given to Geneva Manufacturing. Terrill Vieth, representing the company, noted that in three years’ time he has found Geneva to be extremely business friendly and a good place to run a successful industry.
“Everyone here is so friendly,” commented Vieth. “Pam (Krause) has done a great job with the Chamber of Commerce. We have been welcomed here with open arms. This is definitely a good place to grow a business.”
“Geneva has a great sense of community,” commented Flueckiger in response to his recognition of Business of the Year.
“I’ve been down here since 2009. Mike Schwartz and Limberlost Construction renewed that old building. Andrew Briggs (First Bank of Geneva) was instrumental in bringing that around,” said Flueckiger.
“I am amazed at how many people come in,” continued Flueckiger. “I’m not trying to sell anything. I’m just offering advice.”
Town marshal Johnson referred to Volunteer of the Year award winner, (Smitty) Schmidt as his mentor many years ago.
Johnson noted that Schmidt had come from the New Corydon area with his parents. Some of his volunteer time investments have included Volunteer Police Department and Berne Conservation Club.
“Since his father has passed, he has devoted his time and effort giving back to his mother,” said Johnson.
“He was raised in a good home with a church background, and now that goodness is coming back to his mother,” added Johnson.
“What an exciting time to be living in Geneva,” observed Hubbard, recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award. “Everywhere you look, you see renovation. There are new buildings and new projects going on everywhere. Geneva Proud has done just that, made Geneva proud.”
Hubbard praised the work of Ken Brunswick in taking the Swamp Remembered movement from the original 40 acres to the current 1,700 acres of reclaimed marshland.
“Look at the covered bridge and the trails there,” continued Hubbard. “The South Adams Trails has been difficult but we are making progress. By the end of 2015, we look to have the first section of that trail completed.
“All of this has been made possible by community members willing to communicate time and resources to make Geneva a nice place to live,” Hubbard added.
Milligan, honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, told those present that his first date with his wife-to-be, Judy, had taken place 57 years ago on April 10, 1957.
Milligan, as well as others honored, received a standing ovation as he marched to the podium to receive appreciation for serving as Geneva’s Clerk/Treasurer, interim Town Manager, Council Member, Director of Swiss Heritage Village, founder of South Adams Trails, a member of the board of directors for both Adams County Economic Development Board and the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, and a member of both the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Geneva Proud.
“I am so thankful for my relationship between myself and this town,” Milligan said. “It’s been a privilege and an honor to be here through the years and establish many friendships.
“I’ve been so blessed,” continued Milligan. “I’ve enjoyed being involved with Geneva over the years. I was told to associate myself with people smarter than me and I tried to do that. This, and my family, has been the love of my life. I appreciate this and I look forward to seeing what is going to continue to happen in Geneva.”
In a business meeting, the following individuals were selected as the current directors for Geneva Proud and Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce: Stan Mosser, Keith Muhlenkamp, Randy Lehman, Bill Hubbard, Mary Fields, Penny Briggs, Toni Miller, Rob Johnson and Art Booth.

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