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Aurelia Commercial Club "kicks off" 2008

Friday, February 8, 2008

Roger Redig named Citizen of the Year

Aurelia Citizen of the Year Roger Redig poses proudly with the plaque denoting his selection as Aurelia's Citizen of the Year. Photo by Dan Whitney

The Aurelia Commercial Club held its annual Kick-Off Banquet on Jan. 30th at the Aurelia Golf Course. Chief among accomplishments for the city in 2007 was the movement to replace the 80-year-old Community Center with a new, larger building which will enable the citizens of Aurelia to have special meetings and functions in Aurelia, rather than having to move these functions out of town.

Roger Redig, a member of the building committee for the Community Center, played an instrumental part in raising funds to complete the new facility by writing a grant, which was approved and provided the necessary funds to put the project "over the top."

For his efforts on this project, as well as for his participation in a variety of community and church activities, Redig was chosen as Aurelia's Citizen of the Year and was presented with a plaque at Wednesday's banquet. The new Community Center is expected to be ready to open around April 1, only sixty-some days away. Next year's kickoff banquet will most likely be held in the new Community Center. The annual event was held in the old center prior to the last two years, when the Aurelia Golf Club has graciously hosted the catered event.

Staff Sgt. Louie DeRoos, guest speaker at the Aurelia Commercial Club Banquet, showed some slides as he spoke about his 23-month deployment in Iraq. Here he shows a photo of some of the soldiers holding an Iowa State flag. Aurelia graduate Brian Skow is the second soldier from the left. Photo by Dan Whitney
The speaker at the banquet was Aurelia citizen Staff Sgt. Louis DeRoos of the Army National Guard. DeRoos spoke about his recent tour of active duty in Iraq (2005-2007), showing slides of his work area and fellow soldiers, including Aurelia High graduates Tanner Johnson and Brian Skou. DeRoos was highly appreciative of the support and "care packages" he and the other soldiers received from the folks back home.

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