Reprinted (with permission) from the 10/18/2007 article by Dennis J. Wright in the Evening Phoenix.


Klotzbach wins Ambassador of the Year



PHOENIXVILLE — Tammy Klotzbach was named 2007 Ambassador Of The Year at the Phoenixville Interservice Club’s 45th Annual Banquet at the Phoenixville Country Club Wednesday evening.

The banquet was hosted by the Soroptimist International Club of Phoenixville.

Before giving out the award, Soroptimist Club President Linda McBride announced the six nominees — Patricia Tindell, Debbie Francis, Jane Dukovick, Chuck Benz, Dorothy Wood and Klotzbach.

Judges included Brian Torrence, Robb Frees, Moira Mumma, Reverend James Munz and Reverend Linda S. Gruber.

McBride said the Ambassador Of The Year was involved in eight or more service clubs in Phoenixville, and has worked hard in all of their projects.

When McBride said that the winner was gracious to host a barbecue although she lost in the Phoenixville Regional Chamber Of Commerce Membership Drive, everyone in the room knew who the awardee would be.

After McBride announced Klotzbach’s name, everyone stood to give her a standing ovation.

Upon receiving hugs from her son Josh and daughter-in-law April, Klotzbach wiped away tears as she walked to the podium.

“I don’t know what to say,” said Klotzbach. “I have a wonderful family. We have such a wonderful community. I thank you very much.”

At the end of the banquet, Klotzbach said she was totally surprised to win the award.

“I just don’t believe this,” she said while receiving hugs and kisses from friends. “I didn’t even know I was nominated. I’m shocked, totally shocked. I even thought I knew who the winner was. I nominated someone as well. To be among all of the previous winners, I feel very privileged.”

The banquet began with Klotzbach, who is Vice President of the Soroptimist Club and InterService Club Co-chairman, welcoming everyone in attendance.

Chesmont Business Professional Women President Donna Weinstein led the Pledge of Allegiance.

A Powerpoint presentation of various club pictures was prepared by Phoenixville Regional

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Cooley and shown upon the wall.

While salads and dinner were served, representatives from each club present, Chesmont Business Professional Women, Kimberton Lions, Pilot Club of Valley Forge, Phoenixville Jaycees, Phoenixville Kiwanis, Rotary Club of Phoenixville, Soroptimist International Club of Phoenixville, and Women’s Club of Phoenixville, stood and briefly spoke about their clubs and upcoming events.

The Reverend Linda S. Gruber of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Phoenixville, gave the invocation.

The guest speaker for the evening was Reverend Cynthia L. Krommes, senior pastor, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Phoenixville.

Krommes spoke of a book her father recommended to her.

“A few years ago, my Dad recommended a book to me called ‘Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community’ by Robert D. Putnam,” said Krommes. “This summer I finally read the book and by the middle of the first chapter I wanted everyone in leadership in Phoenixville to read it too. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share some of Putnam’s insights.

“Putnam’s analysis of civic participation, which includes groups like those represented here tonight, reveals that the two decades following 1945 witnessed one of the most vital periods of community involvement in American history as the energies put into the war were redirected into community life. Indeed, when I hear stories about our community from those decades, they are filled with a sense of expansive energy.”

Towards the end of the banquet, raffle prizes were given away, and first prize winner of $100 was Mary Metz; second prize winner of a gift certificate to Harpoon Louie’s was Linda McBride; third prize winner of a gift card was Linda Bower and fourth prize winner of a basket of cheer was Jean White.

Five additional prizes of Halloween decorations went to Ken Wickstrom, Michael Handwerk, Amy Barto, Jan Ayres and Trudy Osisek.


Staff photo by Barry Taglieber

Tammy Klotzbach received the 2007 Ambassador of the Year award at the 45th-annual Phoenixville Interservice Club banquet, held at the Phoenixville Country Club, Wednesday evening.



Staff photo by Barry Taglieber

Tammy Klotzbach receives a basket of flowers from daughter-in-law April Klotzbach after being honored as Ambassador of the Year Wednesday night.



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