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Jerry Ruge honored for Golden Achievement; Lori St. Pierre as Humanitarian

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There’s a good chance you’ve seen this guy around Duneland: 6’ 4’’, cowboy hat, on the older side, just helpful as all get-out.

He’s Jerry Ruge, and he’s the recipient of the year’s Golden Achievement Award from the Duneland Chamber of Commerce, which honored Ruge at its annual State of the Chamber and Awards Luncheon on Wednesday at The Spa in Porter.

Tracy Freeze of the HMS Midwest LLC, who presented the award, listed the organizations which have benefited from Ruge’s time and energies. It’s a long list: the Chesterton Lions Club and Lions Club International, Duneland Rebuilding Together, the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry, and St. Patrick Catholic Church, among them.

“During his many years with the Lions Club he has received nearly every award for this dedication to the many fund raisers and charity programs,” Freeze said by way of example. “Most recently he donates his time towards their program of eye glass recycling, from painting and securing the recycle boxes to working at the Westville Correctional Center, where he trains inmates to prep the eye glasses for the mission trips. He believes so much in this program that he has helped with furthering the missions in Mexico. He has been on 19 missions.”

Ruge has also skippered a Duneland Rebuilding Together team for the last several years, Freeze added. “He goes above and beyond, getting personally involved with the families and spending countless hours before, during, and after the “work day” to ensure the home owner is provided the most benefit and is completely satisfied with the improvements.”

Humanitarian of the Year

The 2015 Humanitarian of the Year models humility and compassion, giving of herself “almost daily” to Duneland, Bert Miller of Raymond James & Associates said in presenting the award to Lori St. Pierre. As Chair of Missions at Chesterton First United Methodist Church, St. Pierre has touched uncounted lives and hearts, Miller said, collecting food and money for Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry, serving the homeless at the New Creation Men’s Shelter and Dayspring Women’s Shelter, helping with Jacob’s Table and at the church’s spaghetti dinner benefits, and giving hope to the Appalachian poor through the Redbird Mission in Kentucky.

St. Pierre also serves on NeighborLink Porter County’s board and devotes time to Rebuilding Together Duneland, Frontline Foundations, and the United Way Day of Caring, Miller said. “And she does all of this while also employed as a part time accountant with Kittredge and Zehner.”

St. Pierre “is a dedicated wife and mother committed to her family--her husband Rick and her two kids, Kimberly and Robert--and gives tirelessly, with a humble and warm spirit,” Miller said. “In Lori’s own words, she strives to love God first and love others at all times.”




Posted 7/24/2015




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