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Chamber names Spath Citizen of the Year; special awards presented to Giannola and Moran (Audio included)

The Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated a successful 2012 and presented three special awards at their annual dinner Saturday night.

About 100 community leaders gathered at the Indian Lake Moose Family Center on the north side of the lake.

President Don Freels was recognized for his leadership over the past year.

Executive Director Pam Miller gave Freels a boat paddle with an engraved map of Indian Lake.

Longtime Indian Lake resident Steve Spath (pictured) was named the Indian Lake Citizen of the Year.

Spath, who owns and operates Fire Safety Services in rural Huntsville, was praised for his many years of community service.

He has been the Indian Lake Fireworks Chairman for 12 years. The fireworks help attract up to 35,000 visitors to the lake area each Fourth of July.

Spath has worked at Fire Safety Services for 36 years. The company celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

Spath served on the chamber board from 97 to 2000. He was named the chamber's co-volunteer of the year in 2004, sharing the honor with Phil Tracey.

Spath served on the Logan County Health Board for several years and was a firefighter and paramedic in Huntsville, Russells Point, and Lakeview. He has been on the Indian Lake School Board since '99.

Listen to Spath reflect on the award and his commitment to Indian Lake.

Special Recognition Awards were presented to retiring state park leaders Frank Giannola and Joe Moran.

(Pictured left to right: Moran and Giannola)

They were praised for managing Indian Lake State Park for several years.

Miller said Giannola and Moran made sure the park staff was always ready to accommodate the chamber with annual events around the lake.

Giannola was the Indian Lake State Park Manager for 22 years. He has 33 years of service in the state park system; he’ll retire on December 20th. Moran will retire with 35 years of service.

Listen to Giannola recap the award and discuss why he decided to retire from a job he still loves.

The Beautification Award was given to A Robbins Nest Antiques and Gifts, 184 West Main Street, Russells Point.

Owner Connie Cathcart moved into the former Russells Point Community Center in September 2011. She along with Mr. and Mrs. Steve Van Horn were recognized for transforming the building.

New chamber president John Bodin was introduced.

He talked about many goals for 2013, including an emphasis on family-oriented events around Indian Lake and economic development for the region.

The Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors were introduced (pictured).

They include:

2012 - Don Freels, President; John Bodin, Vice President; Brenda Moots, Secretary; and Libby Stidam, Treasurer

2013 - John Bodin, President; Derek Gillespie, Vice President; Josh Vorhees, Secretary; and Libby Stidam, Treasurer

2013 Board Members - Janice Moore (3rd year), Don Eggenschwiller (3rd year), Darlene Shick (2nd year), Barb Newland (1st year), Pat O'Donnell (1st year), Dan Weitz (1st year), and Jim Bouldin (Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce Representative).

Finally, Miller discussed an ambitious 2012 and previewed 2013. She said the Party at the Beach enjoyed a $25,000 profit this year. The first Party at the Beach lost $1,000.

Miller said the chamber will move to a new location December 20th and 21st.

The chamber will remain in the Aries Building on State Route 366, but will move to a larger room.

Here is a list of 2013 Indian Lake events:

March 1st-3rd: Boat Show

March 16th-17th: Maple Syrup Festival

April 13th: Cabin Fever Steak Fry and Membership Drive

May 4th: Second Annual Indian Lake Fireworks Golf Outing

May 18th: Showcase of Indian Lake

June 8th: Indian Lake Fireworks Fund Drive

June 22nd: Movie on the Beach

June 29th: Lakeview Car and Craft Show

July 6th: Beach Spectacular and Fireworks

July 13th: Putt Around the Lake

August 2nd-3rd: Harborfest Street Festival in Russells Point

August 10th: Party at the Beach

September 1st: Ring of Fire

December 6th: Lakeview Christmas

Hear Miller recap 2012, discuss special awards for Giannola and Moran, and look ahead to next year.

The chamber was founded in 1956 and has about 400 members. You can see more at http://www.indianlakechamber.org/

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