Archive for Thursday, January 19, 2006

Chamber taps loan officer as top citizen

January 19, 2006

A Leavenworth mortgage loan officer with a penchant for volunteerism and community service is the recipient of this year's Citizen of the Year Award from the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bob Euler, senior loan officer with the CSM Mortgage branch office in Leavenworth, was to receive the award Wednesday night at the chamber's annual meeting at the Riverfront Community Center in Leavenworth. Also recognized as Junior Citizen of the Year was Laura Romig, a Leavenworth High School senior.

In a letter nominating Euler for the award, Bob Edwards Jr. and David Thompson said, "Bob dedicates himself to ensure our community is safe, healthy, friendly, respectful of our God and caring of all people. He believes in protecting and serving our country, providing citizen access to housing and lifting the Leavenworth-Lansing area up to be recognized as 'the best place to call home.'"

Edwards and Thompson buttressed Euler's nomination with a list of his community endeavors and past awards, including:

¢ 33 years of service with Leavenworth County Emergency Preparedness as a storm spotter;

¢ 26 years of service with the Leavenworth County chapter of the American Red Cross, where he was volunteer of the year in 1983;

¢ 14 years of service on the board of directors at Cushing Memorial Hospital;

¢ 46 years as a member of First Christian Church;

¢ 28 years as a member of Leavenworth Lions Club, where he was Lion of the Year in 2004;

¢ 24 years of service to the Kaw District of Boy Scouts of America.

Euler and his wife, Diane, are the parents of two sons, Doug and Mark. Euler is a 1964 graduate of Leavenworth High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Emporia State University.

Former Leavenworth mayor Ken Bower called Euler "truly an outstanding citizen of our community."

Dr. Mark Norris, a fellow Lion, said Euler's devotion to community organizations is tireless. "He is not simply a part of these organizations," Norris wrote Chamber officials. "He has taken on an active role in all of them. Bob has remained tireless in his support of these organizations. In fact, one thing that has impressed me most is that Bob has continued to contribute when many at this point would have simply burned out."

Last year's recipient of the award was Lansing Mayor Kenneth Bernard.

Romig, the Junior Citizen of the Year, is involved in musical endeavors at Leavenworth High School, where she has been the drum major the past three years. A straight-A student who ranks 14th in her senior class of 337 students, Romig also is a junior volunteer in the Saint John Hospital nursery and has volunteered with such groups as Leavenworth Community Theater, Salvation Army bell-ringers, and LEOS Club, the junior Lions Club, among others.

Lisa Shepard, a guidance counselor at the school, wrote this in her nomination of Romig, "Whether I consider her strong academic ability, endearing personal qualities or unwavering commitment to her school and community, she is truly amazing and ranks among the most impressive students I have encountered in my 17-year career as an educator."

Romig, who plans to attend Kansas State University and pursue a career as a dietician, is the daughter of Ronald and Jean Romig, Leavenworth.

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