WINTERS — The Winters Area Chamber of Commerce held the Annual Chamber Banquet on Saturday, March 3, at the Winters Community Center. About 130 attended the event catered by Rob Schneider.

WINTERS — The Winters Area Chamber of Commerce held the Annual Chamber Banquet on Saturday, March 3, at the Winters Community Center. About 130 attended the event catered by Rob Schneider.

During the event, awards were presented to local citizens for their outstanding service and dedication to the community in 2017. DLC Realty was named Business of the Year. Doug Wheat was named Man of the Year and his wife Amy Wheat was named Woman of the Year. The 2017 Ag Family of the Year went to the Belew Family. Teacher of the Year honors went to Mandy Mostad and Jerry Mac Jackson was named First Responder of the Year.

Winters Chamber Treasurer Will Ahrens introduced Business of the Year, Ag Family of the Year, Teacher of the Year and First Responder of the year. Billy Sherman, the 2016 Man of the Year, made that introduction and Naomi Gerhart, 2016 Woman of the Year, introduced this year’s honoree.

2017 Business of the Year DLC Realty

Bryan and Jill Davis started DLC Realty in 2005 with a mission to assist honest, hardworking people find the perfect properties. Throughout the years, DLC Realty has created a name for itself through agent expertise, trustworthiness, and commitment to their clients.

“The Davis’ have served the community with the same care and leadership they bring to their business, by participating in community events and volunteering for many community boards,” Ahrens said.

2017 Man of the Year Doug Wheat

Man of the Year Doug Wheat was introduced by the 2016 Man of the Year Billy Sherman. He was called “a proud supporter of Winters, whether it be school, church, civic organization, or just local community need. With the opening of the Crossing Travel Market more than a year ago, he has brought in jobs, local tax dollars for Winters, and has provided travelers with a place to stop at The Crossing, which offers everything from gas to food and more.

“Doug has proven himself to be a good businessman, a loyal Blizzard, and an overall asset to our community,” Ahrens said.

2017 Woman of the Year Amy Wheat

Woman of the Year Amy Wheat, was introduced by 2016 Woman of the Year Naomi Gerhart, who said she has shown her love and pride for Winters in many ways. She was called “a bright light in our community helping make improvements to our town and donating her time to many events, especially those that involve our children. She is a great example to lead the youth who is the future of our town.” Amy Wheat was honored for her many contributions, businesses and volunteer work and was like her husband, honored for their strong faith and tireless efforts throughout the community.

2017 Ag Family of the Year The Belew Family

The Belew Family was named 2017 Ag Family of the Year and with generations of farmers have been farming in the area since the 1950’s. They are very active in the farming community and committed to our youth development and agriculture. “The Belews come from a long line of farmers, starting with J.C., then Scottie, and now Bill, the Belews have been a farm family in Winters for generations,” Ahrens said. Bill Belew currently serves on the FSA Committee and is active with FFA and 4H stock shows. His wife Meghan is a dedicated Kindergarten teacher. Their children Charles, Corley, and Minney are very active youth in the community showing their own potential in farming and agriculture.

2017 Teacher of the Year Mandy Mostad

Mandy Mostad has been a second grade teacher for 15 years. She shares her passion for reading by pushing her students and giving them the tools they need to become better students. “Not to mention, she loves illuminating happiness down the hallways with her singing and smile,” Ahrens said. “She does what she needs and then some for her students to succeed along their educational path.” Along with teaching many students, Mostad has helped in the Pride of West Texas Blizzard Marching Band’s success by coaching an excellent flag core.

2017 First Responder of the Year Jerry Mac Jackson

Jackson is a volunteer fireman with the Winters Volunteer Fire Department, serving for almost 30 years. He also works for the City of Winters Water Department.

“The 2017 First Responder of the Year is a man who has dedicated his time to serve our community and keeping it safe,” Ahrens said adding that he also cooks “some dang good barbecue.”