Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 00:00
Brooks gets Chamber award for business, community involvement
A long-standing business and prominent business owner took the spotlight during the 47th annual Saukville Chamber of Commerce awards banquet, held May 30 at the American Legion Post.
The Saukville Veterinary Clinic was lauded as the Business of the Year.
Veterinarian Paul Sheperd joined the Chamber shortly after opening the clinic in 1987 in the former Saukville Lumber Company office building.
The business underwent a significant upgrade when a new clinic was built in 2006 immediately south of the old site.
Robert A. Brooks received the Citizen of the Year award for his community involvement and thriving business enterprises.
Brooks, who serves at the Ozaukee County Board chairman, has operated Brooks Investment Group out of an office on East Dekora Street since 1997.
He also owns the Railroad Station Tavern, Between the Greens (formerly McCarthy’s Pub) and J’ Sports Bar (formerly Wagen’s Tavern).
Active with youth groups, Brooks is also a former Scout master, coached Little League baseball and Saukville Rebels football. Brooks was also on the coaching staff of the Port Washington High School football team.
Brooks helped raise more than $250,000 for the Community Education Foundation of Port Washington-Saukville, National Honor Flight, Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and Port Gridiron Club.
Saukville Police Officer Emily Neese was presented the Government Achievement Award.
A member of the police department for eight years, Neese has been the primary organizer of the community’s annual National Night Out observance.
She is also a certified instructor in firearms training and emergency vehicle stops at Lakeshore Technical College.
The Organization of the Year Award went to the Girl Scouts of the Manitou Council, which has been active in the community since 1935. Girl Scouts of America is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Two local Scouts, Brooke Buser and Stephanie Volesky, accepted the award on behalf of local troops. Both girls received the Gold Star, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
Image Information: THOSE HONORED AT the Saukville Chamber of Commerce awards banquet included (from left) Citizen of the Year Robert Brooks, scholarship recipient Samantha Strock, Business of the Year winners Paul and Donna Sheperd of Saukville Veterinary Clinic, Brooke Buser and Stephanie Volesky accepting the Organization of the Year award for the Girl Scouts of Manitou Council, and Saukville Police Officer Emily Neese with the Government Achievement Award. Photo by Sam Arendt