Business of the year

Citizen of the Year 2012Eudora Parks and Rec Director Gary Scott (right) receives the Citizen of the Year Award from Chamber President Amanda Herrmann (photo by Managing Editor John Schulz)

Eudora News and

The Eudora Chamber of Commerce named the 2012 Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year at the organizations annual banquet Friday night at CLO’s Midnight Farm.

Gary Scott, Director of the Eudora Parks and Recreation Department, was honored as the Citizen of the Year.  Scott, who came to Eudora in 2011 to take over the Parks Department, was described as person of vision and inspiration to the people of Eudora.

“Gary is always one to be there when you need him,” Chamber President Amanda Herrmann, stated during the presentation of the award to Scott. “He is one of the first to volunteer anytime anyone needs help and his work in and for the community has been outstanding.”

Under Scott’s leadership at the Parks and Rec Department, a variety of new programs and initiatives have begun or are underway. Scott has worked hard as a part of the team to put together Shadow Ridge Park just south of Eudora Middle School which will soon break ground.  He has also been instrumental with the beginnings of a donor program to obtain grants and secure donations for the Eudora Park system.  Just a couple of the many programs Scott and his staff instituted over the last year include the Summer Film series at Laws Field and hayrides through the streets of Eudora during the Christmas season.

Business of the Year_CuttersChamber President Amanda Herrmann (left) presents the Business of the Year award to Tracy Trefz and Dan Strimple, owners of Cutter’s Smokehouse and Catering (photo by Managing Editor John Schulz)

The Chamber also recognized Cutter’s Smokehouse and Catering as the 2012 Business of the Year.  Owners Tracy Trefz and Dan Strimple were surprised and and amazed about the award.

In her announcement of the Business of the Year, Herrmann talked about Trefz and Strimple’s committment to the community.

“The do great volunteer work constantly for the community, including holding dinners on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day for those that don’t have families to go to,” Herrmann stated. “They are always willing to help out organizations and the are definitely committed to Eudora.”

Co-owner Tracy Trefz talked to us following the ceremony about how gratifying it is to have such an honor bestowed on the business.

“Wow, we were just amazed,” Trefz said.”It means a lot that people notice that you do something good for the community, that we do try to help out.”

Cutter’s Smokehouse opened up in 2001 in Downtown Eudora and quickly became one the most popular eateries in Eudora.  Known for great food and music, the business moved out to 20th Street in 2010 taking over a portion of the old Hardware store.  The restaurant continues to offer their what many consider some of the finest BBQ in the area and support local and regional music with bands three nights a week.

Near the conclusion of the banquet, it was voted on and approved by the Chamber members that Trefz would be named an at large Board Member for the Chamber of Commerce. Herrmann, owner of Amanda’s Dance Academy, will continue as President of the Chamber.  The other officers for 2013 will include Linda Langston of Eudora Wines and Spirits as President-elect, Angie Miller of Greenbush as Secretary and Amy Durkin from Durkin’s Law Office as past-President.

“I look forward to seeing how I can help out the chamber members and the city as a whole,” Trefz said.