Chamber also honors 3 others

Doug Boock

Along with its Citizen of the Year award, the Galva Chamber of Commerce handed out three other honors at its annual dinner meeting at McKay’s Fine Dining on Saturday night.

Dan Rux was named Friend of the Chamber. In announcing him, Chamber President Mechelle Dyer lauded the “classy” Rux for his endless list of public outreaches, including serving as a Boy Scout leader and volunteering time to numerous activities.

Rux, who was also appointed to the Chamber board on Saturday night, is owner of Rux Funeral Home.

Carolyn Ossian, 33-year director of the Galva Senior Citizens Center, was named Volunteer of the Year. In announcing her, the Chamber’s Laura Heinrich noted Ossian’s “selflessness” and “noble” work at the center.

Heinrich said she began to build a relationship with Ossian after Heinrich was named director of Courtyard Estates of Galva assisted living center.

“I don’t know if I’ve earned her respect, but she’s definitely earned mine,” Heinrich said.

Galva grade school student Trenton Niemeyer was named winner of a new award - the Galva Chamber of Commerce Youth Achievement Award. He was honored for his tireless efforts in helping raise money for fourth grade classmate Jacob Mundy, who is battling cancer.

“I think Trenton is the most selfless boy I have ever met in my life, and he shows us older people who we can become,” said Gretchen Almquist, a public member who nominated Trenton for the award.

Following dinner, Dan Whitley, a management consultant, spoke for about an hour about customer service issues.

In the business portion of the evening, Dyer was re-appointed president; Heinrich, vice president, Ron Rinkenberger, treasurer, and Brandy Funke, secretary.