Congratulations to the 2014 Pride of Oakes Winners!
January 2014 - Becky Kelly
Pictured: Back Left to Right - Oakes Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors: Lee Boyles, Bob Miller, Jonda Praska, Nancy Domine, Trista Gemar, Jean Schmaltz. Seated in Front: Dr. Rath, Pride of Oakes Becky Kelly and Jill Cox Vice President Oakes Area Chamber of Commerce
"I nominate Becky Kelly , office manager for Dr. Geoffrey Rath. She is exceptionally friendly on the phone and in person. She is also very efficient with clients of all ages from young children to the elderly in wheel chairs. Not only does Becky work a full time job but she is an active participant in sports activities at school. She organizes fund raising and is a great support person for the Tornadoes."
February 2014 - Joe Goldberg
Pictured: seated is February 2014 Pride of Oakes recipient: Joe Goldberg. Behind: Oakes Area Chamber of Commerce Board Members Jonda Praska-- Trista Gemar and Chamber Vice President Jill Cox
I nominate Postmaster Joe Goldberg. He does an exceptional job. Once his work is done he goes out on the route when needed. Not an easy task when he is not familiar with the entire community. He courteous and provides extra services and touches going above and beyond - things really appreciated by the patrons.
March 2014 - Jerry Praska
Pictured: Chamber Board Members Lee Boyles, Jonda Praska, March Pride of Oakes Jerry Praska, Chamber Vice President Jill Cox and Board Member Trista Gemar
I would like to nominate Jerry Praska for Pride of Oakes. The other day, I was in a hurry to get my dad to his doctor's appointment in Fargo when his battery on his medical device started loosing it's charge. We ran to Praska Hardware and Jerry dropped everything he was working on to help us get the right adapter for his device to re-charge in the car... including going out into the freezing air, popping the hood of the car, checking the amps on the battery and sending us on our was with a borrowed car battery. He is ALWAYS helpful and knowledgeable about everything he carries in the store and takes great pride in what he does, and he should!
In addition to his store he helped raise money for the Legion baseball pitching machine, serves on the Fire Department, and supports many school functions.
I believe he is well deserving of this award.
May 2014 - Bill Murphy of B&K Murphy Plumbing & Heating
Pictured: Nancy Domine(Oakes Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member), Ty Murphy (Bill’s son), Bill Murphy (May Pride of Oakes), Chamber President Shawn Ulmer and Jill Cox (Chamber Vice President)
"We had no heat when we went to work -- we work nights. Called Bill at 8am the next morning when we got off work. He was there within a half hour. Not only did he fix the issue, he educated us so the problem didn't happen again. We have called on Bill before and he is very prompt and efficient. Bill is a wonderful with a great work ethic. Thank you Bill!"
June 2014 - Lucas Larson
Pictured: Steve Ketterling (Manager Farmland Coop & Oakes Tire Center), Cyndi Brandriet(Oakes Tire Center), Shawn Ulmer(President Oakes Area Chamber of Commerce), Lucas Larson(June 2014 Pride of Oakes Recipient), Nancy Domine, Jonda Praska, Jill Cox (Chamber Of Commerce Board Members)
Lucas Larson is an employee of Oakes Tire Center. I called for service and was treated like I was the only customer he had. He went above and beyond in assisting and repairing as well as quick turn around time, even delivering. I was treated like a VIP - addressing me as "sir". He was very professional. I have heard similar reports from others. Lucas is certainly a most worthy Pride of Oakes nominee.
September 2014 - Shawn Johnson
Pictured: Chamber Board Members Jonda Praska, Jill Cox. Total Home Shana Ulmer -- Pride of Oakes Shawn Johnson, Chamber President Shawn Ulmer and Board Member Nancy Domine.
I would like to nominate Shawn Johnson of Total Home for the Pride of Oakes. While shopping recently he took the time from his work schedule to explain all about the products we were looking at. He was knowledgeable and pointed out things we were not aware of so we could make choices based on the merit of the products and how they would function for our use. He answered questions with tact and wanted us to be happy with our choices. In visiting with others - he gives the same sort of service to everyone. Truly a most worthy Pride of Oakes. Signed Very Happy Customers.