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Distinguished Woman is Bonnie Gaston; Golden Achievement to Carol Ruzic

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And the Duneland Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Duneland Distinguished Woman goes to--Bonnie Gaston.

Gaston was honored at the annual State of the Chamber & Awards Luncheon on Wednesday at Allure on the Lake.

Presenting the Duneland Distinguished Woman Award to Gaston was last year’s winner, Meg McCarel, who noted that the award was created to recognize “a woman in the Duneland community who consistently displays leadership qualities,” “who finds ways to help our community grow,” and “who works hard to make Duneland a better place to live, work, and play.”

Gaston worked for the Duneland School Corporation for 45 years until her retirement as the corporation’s long-serving business manager, yet still found the time to serve on the Duneland YMCA Board of Directors, the Chamber Board of Directors, the Chesterton Park Board, and the Chesterton Duneland Kiwanis Club. And she’s been active at Chesterton First United Methodist Church and the Building Trades Board.

“I have had the pleasure of working on many committees with Bonnie,” McCarel said. “She is the lady who simply works harder. If there is a job that no one likes to do--like knock on doors and ask for money for a cause--Bonnie volunteers and does it brilliantly.”

“When I asked Bonnie’s husband, Kim, about Bonnie, he said, ‘She is amazing!” McCarel added. “‘She is always thinking of others and putting others first.’ It is with tremendous pleasure that I get to present the 2018 Duneland Distinguished Woman Award to the beautiful Bonnie Gaston.”

Golden Achievement Award

Also honored on Wednesday was Carol Ruzic, recipient of the 2018 Golden Achievement Award, presented, as Geof Benson said, to “outstanding seniors who are residents of the Duneland community and have demonstrated a substantial commitment to developing the area by providing significant service and leadership to community organizations.”

Ruzic, Benson said, has “been deeply involved” in the Town of Beverly Shores, where she and her husband built their first house in 1951. “Time has not slowed down this remarkable woman, who will be celebrating her 90th birthday in September. Carol is a dedicated volunteer at The Depot and is responsible for arranging many of its displays, from veterans to the South Shore, thoughtfully arranging each one to tell a story and inform an audience.”

Ruzic is also a member of the Beverly Shores Women’s Club and--though she’s stepped down as president--she still “generously volunteers her own home as the site of the annual Christmas Party, which serves as a fundraiser for Pines Elementary School,” Benson said. “In thanks, the school sends its choir to sing at the party.”

Ruzic is also an active participant in the annual Beverly Shores Art & Garden Walk, Benson added. “Her efforts in this club help make her neighborhood an even more beautiful place to live. She even opened her own garden this year for the walk. Carol has proved herself to be an exceptional leader, role model, and volunteer for the community she loves.”


Posted 7/20/2018




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