Borger Chamber honors local citizens

Two citizens received special recognition during the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday evening.Harry Kuhrt was named Citizen of the Year and Steve Hubertus was named Red Coat of the Year at the festivities, held at the Union Hall. The theme of this year’s event was “Magic Moments.”Kuhrt received his award from the 2010 Citizens of the Year, Shawn and Carrie Burleson.Of Kuhrt, S. Burleson said it has been cited that he unselfishly has given of his time to the community of Borger for many years.“This gentleman has given outstanding service to many civic and volunteer organizations as well as demonstrating outstanding community pride,” he said.Kuhrt serves on the board of HutchCares providing input for senior citizen needs. He also serves on the Amarillo Area Council on Aging and the Salvation Army, seeing to the welfare of the vulnerable in the county.He has served as a member of the Lions Club for over 50 years, having held many positions as an officer and committee number.While serving in these positions, Kuhrt has donated many hours to projects benefiting others with continued success each year.He has received the highest award in the Lions Club - the Melvin Jones Fellow Award.Kuhrt is an active member of Fairlanes Baptist Church, where he has served as a teacher, Church Business Moderator, and Chairman of the Deacons.“This gentleman is recognized by many as an unsung hero for his hours of counseling and service to those in his community when their lives seem overwhelming,” S. Burleson said. “Counseling and testing at-risk students within the Borger Independent School District and donating hours upon hours toward helping others are added to his impressive resume of accomplishments.”C. Burleson said others cite Kuhrt as the following:-A man making a lasting and positive impact in Borger-A man who continues to serve-long after others have retired-A man who continually helps others without thought of reward or recognition andperhaps more importantly,-A man of quiet and non-assuming spirit-A man who has made Borger better by believing in Borger and Borger citizensHubertus was recognized by Diana Jack, wife of Dennis Jack, the 2010 Red Coat of the Year. “If the Chamber cannot have magical powers, we are blessed with the next best thing-- a group of individuals who selflessly work to promote our community, helping to make everyone around them believe in Borger,” she said. “Each year we salute one of these ambassadors who stand out in this group of magical people.”Jack said every time the Chamber has been in need of support, Hubertus has been there. He has served on the Chamber board, as Chairman of the Board, and has completed a year as past chair.He actively participated in the Borger Summer Celebration this past year, and has made ribbon cuttings and town hall meetings. He also participated in Borger’s most recent Christmas parade. Both men graciously thanked the Chamber for the honors.The Borger Economic Development Corporation also received a special award from the Chamber.The award was in recognition of valuable contributions to the Borger Chamber of Commerce in promoting goods and services for the benefit of business retention in the greater Borger area.Accepting the award were Dan Redd, CEO of the Borger EDC; BEDC board members Roberta Monden, Jud Price, and Leon Roberts; and administrative assistant Emily Sargent.Entertainment was provided for the evening by motivational speaker and illusionist Lyndy Phillips.Receiving recognition were the banquet’s silver level sponsors, Borger Bank, Borger Federal Credit Union, Chevron-Phillips, Evonik Carbon Black, H&H Printing Etc., and Operating Engineers Local 351.Also receiving recognition were the gold level sponsors, Conoco/Phillips, Frank Phillips College, Minton/Chatwell Funeral Directors, and Xcel Energy.The banquet committee was recognized, along with the chamber’s sustaining members, the Leadership Borger graduates, and retiring chamber board directors.The gavel was passed from Michelle Griffin, outgoing chamber chairman, to Tina Taylor, who will serve as chairman in the upcoming year.