Tami Cook surprised with Loyal Chamber citizen of year honor
While all the Cooks were in the kitchen just a few feet away from her at the May 22 Loyal Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Loyal Sportsmen’s Club, the soon-to-be citizen of the year didn’t have a clue what was coming. Only when she heard the details of the award recipient’s contributions to the community did Tami Cook recognize they were talking about her.
Just after the award was announced, the Cook family piled out of the hot and cramped kitchen to celebrate with her. With all the commotion surrounding Memorial Day and other goings-on, Tami said she never thought she might be under consideration for the honor.
“I didn’t know my family was back there in the kitchen. I didn’t even realize there was anything going on,” she said.
Cook was nominated and selected for the award, said presenter Teresa Hall, for various behind-the-scenes things she does to keep her hometown vibrant. From her job as manager of Kwik Trip’s Loyal location to her past work as a Chamber of Commerce Board member, she “is someone who tends to go unnoticed,” Hall said. “She doesn’t like to be acknowledged for the ways she gives unselfishly. Whether it is at home or church or to our community, she is just the type of person who is willing to go the extra mile.”
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