VIDEO: Culver Chamber honors community servants at annual banquet

The Culver Chamber of Commerce's annual awards banquet took place at the Lakehouse Grille on Lake Shore Drive on Tues., Dec. 1, 2015, and honored Jean E. Overmyer (Volunteer of the Year), Larry Brockey (Businessperson of the Year), and Greg Fassett (Lifetime Achievement Award). Filmed by Anna Campbell.

In May, 2005, Greg Fassett -- administrator of Miller's Merry Manor in Culver and a leader with that company at multiple facilities around Indiana -- was sent to Culver where he joined the Culver Chamber and served on its board from 2005 through 2014, acting as president for two of those years. Among accomplishments during his tenure he (along with Mike Stallings) requested the Chamber take over the Taste of Culver festival from the Culver library; eight years ago he spearheaded the Culver Chamber Wine Fair, now one of the Chamber's largest fundraisers. He also assisted with the first Winter Festival and Ice Fishing event and attended the Main Street Indiana Conference/workshop. Fassett currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Chapter of American College of Health Care Administrator. For the past two years he's been selected by the National office of the American College of Health Care Administrators as a recipient of the College Eli Pick Leadership Award He's the only Administrator in the 52 year history of Miller’s Health Systems to receive this honor and it's unusual for someone to receive the Eli Pick Leadership Award in back-to-back years).

In 2007, Larry Brockey moved back to Culver (where he had graduated high school) and took over Brockey Insurance in Rochester, eventually opening his own Brockey Insurance branch in Culver and in 2009 become the principle officer of both agencies. This year, Brockey opened a third branch in Plymouth . The company has received its fifth annual Founders Award, a prestige performance award based award from Erie Insurance, given to only top agencies in the region.
Larry married Dawn Minas -- owner of Culver Coffee Company -- in 2009 and became a proud father to three children still under 3 years old (Zachary, Mia, and Brady). Larry Brockey also serves on the Chamber of Commerce Board, Kiwanis Board, Triathlon Committee, Wine Fair Committee, and Junior Achievement.

Jean E. Overmyer wed Culver native JB Overmyer in 2003 and the couple welcomed daughter Luci the following year, in addition to stepdaughters Ali and Brianna. Jean E. began working for the Overmyer family's company, JMC Engineers, in 2008. She became a key player on the Lakefest Committee in the last nine years, doing everything from fundraising for fireworks, vendor hunting, planning entertainment, security and running the Miss Max pageant. She also enjoys volunteering for the Culver Elementary youth volleyball and basketball programs, and assists with Culver Winterfest and the Taste of Culver. On Sundays, she can be found volunteering her time for local children at Wesley United Methodist Church's Sunday School.

Look for a detailed account of the event in the Dec. 10 edition of The Culver Citizen.