Cuero chamber recognizes community volunteers, businesses

The Cuero Chamber of Commerce recently had its annual membership social.

As a tribute to a two-time community service winner, the community service award was renamed the Larry Carter Community Service Award. Carter was the only person in the 50-year history of the award to win it twice. He died last year of cancer.

Brenda Martin received the Larry Carter Community Service Award. Martin is a nurse who also volunteers with the school PTA, sports activities, community benefits, TurkeyFest, Champs and Project Graduation.

She has been married to Jimmy Martin since 1991, and together, they have two children, Maegen and Darren.

Robert Oliver received the Agriculture Achievement Award. He was honored for his years of work to develop the Chisholm Trail Museum, which opened in November. He is also a rancher in the Cheapside area.

Sammy Rojas received the Citizen of Tomorrow award. The Cuero High School senior is active in academics and extracurricular activities. Last year, he also won the Cuero ISD Power Up Initiative logo contest. Sammy is a member of the CHS varsity mixed choir, in which he has been placed into the all-region choir twice, has taken a solo to state competition and was a member of the group that took a performance tour to Europe last summer. He also has competed in University Interscholastic League, in which he has advanced to region in social studies and as an alternate in current events. He plans to study computer science and graphic design in college.

The Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative received the Business of the Year award.

Keith Goebel was recognized for his work with the chamber's annual fundraiser. He has been the pit boss for the World Series of Cuero for the past five years.