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New Sen. Richter speaks at chamber luncheon

November 7, 2012
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Acres' new State Sen. Garrett Richter told members of the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce that he would open an office in Lehigh following the Nov. 6 election. Richter, who has no opposition becomes state senator of the district which nuns northward of Lehigh.

He is a sitting incumbent and the product of redistricting which puts much of Lehigh in his district. He is the second person to represent Lehigh who has promised also to have an office in Lehigh. Rep. Matt Caldwell said he will open an office somewhere in the Homestead Rd. area.

Both representatives said they encouraged constituents to come to the office or make calls. Future information will be announced as to the locations and staffing hours.

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Employee of the Month, Dawn M. Houser, is presented a citation from Chamber President Gary Bright.

The office for Sen. Richter will be in the Lehigh Town Center at the corner of Homestead and Alabama roads.

While Richter joked at the meeting that a handshake between two people is all that used to be needed, he still signed a lease agreement for office space in the Lehigh Town Center, owned by Eugen and Conchita Borosch. The signing - among some lighter moments - occurred in front of the chamber audience at the Bistro Rudy on Oct. 30. The main dining room was jam-packed and one of the larger luncheons in months.

Richter was introduced to the chamber group by J. Nathan Stout, a member of the chamber and local public accountant and a candidate for reelection on the East County Water Control District, where he has served for several years. Richter, a Republican, introduced himself to the community. He said his background was in banking and he had been associated with one of the banks in Lehigh.

He asked the audience if they could even imagine a trillion dollars (referring the $17 trillion that the U.S. is in debt.) Richter said if a ball player like Michael Jordan received $25 million a year, that it would take 25,000 years to reach a trillion dollars in annual payments. He discussed his conservative fiscal beliefs with the crowd. Richter also is the upcoming speaker pro tem of the Florida Senate.

Before the lease signing with the senator, Eugen and Conchita Borosch were honored as Members of the Month by Chamber CEO and President Gary Bright.

He said the chamber was honoring Mr. and Mrs. Borosch, owners of Lehigh Showcase Properties at their shopping center where the chamber offices are located. Bright said the husband and wife team were honored for the many preceding months of exceptional support for the chamber.

"Eugene and Conchita have demonstrated not only their support of the chamber activities, but they also have shown support of the general mission of a chamber of commerce.

"Their belief that a chamber of commerce is and should be at the center of the business community is backed up with financial and material support to of the general mission of a chamber.

"With appreciation for unmatched support, the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Lehigh Showcase Properties and its owners as the chamber's October 2012 Members of the Month.

Others were also honored at the luncheon.

They included Dawn H. Houser, who was honored as the Employee of the Month. She is with the American Eagle of Florida LLC. Bright told members she is an exceptional employee for many reasons she always approaches any issued with a "can do" attitude and loves a challenge.

Bright said her military experience benefits her well in her line of work as she is very disciplined and diligent in her work habits. She is a self- starter who goes above and beyond to assist her clients to do whatever is needed to ensure a smooth transaction during a somewhat stressful time.

"Her knowledge and experience sets her apart as a true professional who cares. The repeat business she receives from her past client and real estate professionals is a testament to her superior service, knowledge and expertise in the mortgage field," Bright said.

Jack Lynch of Lehigh Acres was recognized as the chamber's Volunteer of the Month.

"Jack is volunteering at the Chamber for several years now. He is our 'weekend warrior,' who rules the chamber office on Saturday mornings and takes care of visitors. The only exception is, when he goes on cruises with his wife and indulges into his passion of dancing. Jack has a vast knowledge about the community he lives in and is happy to share it with everyone who finds the way into the welcome center on Saturday mornings," Bright said.

He said that Lynch is reliable that the chamber sometimes forgets that he is its Saturday representative.

"But you are reminded quickly, when you drive by the office and see his shiny scooter parked in front of the office. Jack is very appreciated and loved by the chamber staff," Bright said.

The three awards were sponsored by Landex Resorts, Mike Arcentales Insurance and Coldwell Banker Preferred Properties.

An officer of the month was also recognized and is the subject of another story in today's Citizen.



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