Alvin and Julia Kramer were named Co-Optimists of the year by president Jim Crowther at the Kalona Optimist annual dinner on Oct. 15.
Julia has served as club secretary for the past few years as well as chairing the essay and speech contests, coordination of the Community of Flags collections and other club activities. Alvin has been active in a variety of projects including Community of Flags and as a board member as well as past president. They will be leaving the community, as they are moving to Texas.
Zone 12 Lieutenant Governor Audrey Barnett installed Crowther as president, Sheryl Miller as secretary-treasurer and Carl Poe as vice president for the 2020-21 Optimist year. Barnett also installed Roger Weber, Al Coblentz, Deanna Poe, Donna Merck, Dennis Phares and Tyler Coblentz as board members and Bob Miller as Optimist International Foundation representative.
Secretary-Treasurer Sheryl Miller also presented the following membership awards: 52-years, JD Boyd, Emil Schlabaugh and Ed Yoder; 33 years, Jerry Kauffman; 28-years, Meg Nagel; 20 years, Ron Slechta; 17 years, Anna Yoder; 16 years, Bob and Sheryl Miller; 12 years, Dennis Phares; 10 years, Alvin and Julia Kramer, Carl and Deanna Poe; 9 years, Donna Merck and Kenny Wehr; 7 years, Al Coblentz; 6 years, Tyler Coblentz; 5-years, Clair Miller; 4 years, Jim Crowther, Marcus Hall, Ryan Merck, Dale Scheibe; 3 years, Andrae Naraine and Roger Weber; 1 year, Nicole Naraine, Ryan and Stephanie Schlabaugh, Brandon and Jenna Wieland and Charlie and Mary Williams.
The following Friends of Optimists were also recognized: Allen Mitchell CPAs and Consultants, Beatty-Peterseim Funeral Home & Monument Service, CBI Bank & Trust, City of Kalona, CS Auto Body LLC, Kalona Auto Service & Parts, Kalona Blacksmith & Welding, Kalona Brewing Co., Kalona Builders Supply Co., Kalona Chocolates, Kalona Coop Technology Co., Kalona Golf Club, Kalona News, Kalona Tire, Kalona Veterinary Clinic, P.C., Kalona YMCA Rec Center, Sinclair Tractor, Southeast Iowa Insurance Service Corp, Tuscan Moon Grill on Fifth, Yoder-Powell Funeral Home,and Yottys Ace Hardware.