Long-time Boy Scout and Pacific Partnership volunteer Don Hazelwood was named the Pacific Citizen of the Year at the Dec. 5 Chamber of Commerce Christmas celebration, which was held at the Eagles Hall.
About 70 people were present for the event.
Hazelwood, who moved to Waynesville in the 1970s where he was a teacher, also taught at Valley Park, was employed at Motor Control Equipment in St. Louis and later worked at Pacific Lumber Co. for eight years.
In 1993 he worked for Aurora Technologies and later at Rexam in Union until May 1995 where he retired from 18 years ago. It was the extensive community service that led to the award, Chamber officers said.
Hazelwood volunteered with the Meramec Ambulance Department from 1978 to 1989 and has been an active member of the Boy Scouts as a youth and adult, presently serving as troop committee chairman for 47 years. He served on staff at the 1985 and 2010 National Scout jamborees. He has volunteered with the Order of the Arrow, Vigil Honor member, the Franklin County Chapter American Red Cross Disaster Services Committee and served on Pacific City Park Board from 1991 to 1993. He is a member of Knights of Columbus and the Pacific Partnership, where he has served as treasurer since 2008. He is a member of Franklin County Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
Other awards recipients were Carol Meyer, who was recognized as a Pioneer of Pacific for extensive work with families and children
Meyer was raised in Pacific and graduated from Pacific High School in 1954.
She was employed by Dunn and Bradstreet and the Meyer Brothers Drug Company before joining Wetterau in 1960. It was during her time at Wetterau that she carved out a little corner in her office to care for the grandchildren of her co-worker Pat Burghoff, who says she would have never made it through a difficult time without the help of her friend. This act began a lifetime of service.
For several years Meyer helped the Witte family and today she cares for the Pope, Orris, and Lundak families, where she helps by babysitting and baking. She has had official roles too. She has been a Franklin County election official for the past 14 years, is vice president of the PTO and the chair of Project Graduation, a Hospice volunteer, and is the official baker of chocolate chip cookies for the Pacific High School Wrestling teams. Every Sunday she makes coffee and breakfast for the Praise Team at NBLC, prepares Communion and takes care of the little ones in the Wiggle Room during the services.
Member of the Year
Bill McLaren, McLaren Grading, was named Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year.
Born and raised in Pacific, McLaren is rooted in his home, farm and business in the community.
He’s an avid supporter of Pacific, is currently president of the Pacific Partnership, a member of the Missouri Farm Bureau, serves as State and National Beef Council adviser member for the Farm Bureau, a member of Missouri and Franklin County Cattlemen’s associations, past president of Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce, current business member of Pacific Area Chamber of Commerce, a standing board member of Bank Star, and serves as a member of the Pacific License Office committee.
Business of the Year
Adam Krauss, who manages D’Angelo’s Pizza, was named Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.
Originally from Michigan, Krauss graduated from East Lansing Michigan School of Culinary Arts in 1989. He comes from a family of nine children and has one daughter of his own, Erica, who is 21 and works part time at his business. He lives in Union but has settled his business comfortably in Pacific. He opened his doors on Oct. 10, 1994, and Pacific has been in love with his pizza ever since.
He is a member of Pacific Partnership and headed up the committee for the 2013 Summerfest Cruise Night. He served on the committee for Railroad Days and the Iron Horse Rodeo. He’s a member of the Chamber of Commerce and served on the 2013 Golf Tournament Committee.