Cutline: Tom Broad, community relations manager at Memorial Hermann Northeast and longtime Tribune humor columnist was presented with the Lake Houston Area Chambers Spirit of the Chamber award at last weeks awards luncheon. Photo by Patsy Oliver January is annual recognition time for many local organizations and last week, the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce put the spotlight on some of its stellar citizens. Tom Broad, community relations manager for Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, received quite a surprise when he was honored with the Spirit of the Chamber award which honors a dedicated chamber member who embodies true commitment to the chamber mission and goals. The chamber has many programs, meetings and initiatives and Broad was the natural choice for the group this year. This year we are proud to honor a man who has served our chamber for the past 21 years. His impressive resume of chamber volunteerism includes serving on just about every program and event committee at some point throughout his 21-year volunteer tenure, said Louis Smith, chairman of the board of the chamber. The term polar vortex has been used to describe the cold snap that crippled the country a few weeks ago. But this does not compare to the winter that a newborn baby faced in the winter of 1948-49 in Nebraska. Tom Broad was just a little more than a month old, when on Nov. 18, 1948, western, central and northern Nebraska was hit by the worst blizzard in Nebraskas history. The storm had winds of 50-70 miles per hour creating 30-feet snow drifts in certain areas. The storm dropped 24 inches of snow which did not melt until June. It is no wonder that Tom decided to move south, Smith continued. To quote an old cliche, I was not born in Texas, but I got here as quickly as I could - he did make it to Texas, settling in Kingwood, where he and his partner of 31 years have lived for the last 20 years. Broad has held numerous positions in the chamber; he has been involved in the membership committee, serving as their chair and leading Membership Walk-Abouts where he frequently visited businesses on behalf of the chamber. He also served on the Economic Development, Seminars, Health and Wellness and Governmental Affairs committees. He volunteered on several event committees where he helped plan and execute events such as Tasting The Town, Business Expo and the Elected Officials Reception. He helped design and launch the Leadership Lake Houston program and has served on its steering committee for the past three years. In addition, Broad also currently serves on the Humble BizCom Advisory Team and volunteered with the chambers annual Total Resource Campaign for the past four years and was the top salesperson this past fall when he single-handedly brought in more than $33,000 in sponsorships. Smith also enumerated Broads community involvement: he served on the FamilyTime board for five years, four of which he was the president of the board. He is also active in the Lake Houston YMCAs annual BridgeFest and the Northeast Hospital Foundations In The Pink luncheon. He serves on the board of directors for the Lake Houston Re-Development Authority, and coordinates the Memorial Hermann Northeast HAAM food and toy drive each year, as well as the Memorial Hermann Northeast Neo-Natal Reunion. He is also a contributing writer for The Tribune Newspapers having just written his 100th column. The chamber also recognized Lynette Calfee as the Citizen of the Year [Tribune, Jan. 15], Sam Schrade as the Ambassador of the Year and the Rising Star award was presented to Page Cherry of Apple Moving and Connie Chandler of Minuteman press.

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