AOM hands out service awards

by Emily Wilson
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As part of the organization’s long-standing tradition of honoring members for their contributions to the milling industry, the Association of Operative Millers presented its most prestigious award, the Gold Medal Award, to W. Dale Eustace at the association’s 2001 technical conference, held May 19-22 in Louisville.

Eustace is a professor and head of the flour milling program at the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University, Manhattan.

The Gold Medal Award recognizes outstanding, long-term contributions and exemplary service to the AOM.

Throughout his AOM membership, Eustace has contributed many papers and presentations, and was president of the AOM in 1994-95. In 1997, the AOM honored Eustace with the J. George Kehr Memorial Award for his achievement in membership recruitment.

"Those that know our recipient (Eustace) know how much he cares about the students, the milling program and industry," the AOM said. "He doesn’t forget much about his students and can even remember when a student once brought a lucky penny to a principles of milling test nearly a quarter of a century ago."

The AOM also presented a Distinguished Service Award to three allied trade members, including John A. Reed, formerly with Sefar America, H.R. Williams Division, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.; James C. Schroeder, president, Great Western Mfg. Co., Leavenworth, Kansas, U.S.; and John W. (Sid) Sadowske, president, Sid’s Corrugating and Machinery, Wichita, Kansas.

Reed joined H.R. Williams’ Mill Supply, Inc., in January 1993 as general manager, and was named vice-president and general manager of Sefar, H.R. Williams Division, shortly after. In April 2001, he was promoted to vice-president and screen printing division manager of Sefar America.

"From the day he joined AOM until the day he was promoted in his company and moved to another industry, he has given 100% support not only on the district level but on the international level," the AOM said of Reed.

Schroeder, who has served as the secretary-treasurer of the AOM Central District since 1985, was recognized for excellent record keeping and continual support at annual and holiday district meetings.

Sadowske, who began working for a corrugating company in 1987 before starting his own company, Sid’s Corrugating, in 1992, is a long-time supporter of AOM, and has served as the Allied Trades’ Wheat State District representative and secretary-treasurer for years.

In addition, the AOM presented Bob Chamblee with the Donald S. Eber Award, which recognizes long-term service as district secretary-treasurer. Chamblee is a sales representative for American Ingredients Co. in Logan, Utah, U.S.