Charlie Pyle and Dottie Schaer were honored as Man and Woman of the Year at Tuesday night’s Washington County Chamber of Commerce and Brenham Economic Development Foundation Banquet.
Pyle was introduced by last year’s award recipient for Man of the Year, Dr. Donald Draehn, who said Pyle had a servant’s heart, was willing to lead, and an all-around good guy. Pyle, co-owner of the Must Be Heaven restaurant in Brenham with his wife Traci, has spent many years volunteering with Adam’s Angels, Hope Rising, and Downtown Brenham’s Hot Nights Cool Tunes. He also served four years as Brenham Maifest Vice President, in addition to several years on the Brenham City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Hotel Occupancy Board, GameChangers, Washington County Chamber of Commerce, and Heritage Society. He has also raised funds for Toubin Park and Belle’s Alley in Downtown Brenham, and portrayed Dr. Glissmann in Brenham ISD’s annual Local History Day.
During his acceptance speech, he and his wife thanked the community for all it has done for them.
Dr. Heather Thielemann, the 2017 Woman of the Year, introduced Schaer, talking of her dedication, tirelessness, and ability to always be ready for what comes next. Schaer has been involved with volunteer work at the Margaret E. Blizzard Senior Center and Brenham State School. In addition, she has served as a member of the Washington County Fair sponsorship committee, and on the board for CASA and Brenham Maifest. In 2006, past Texas Governor Rick Perry awarded Schaer the Yellow Rose of Texas Award, which honors women in the state who demonstrate outstanding volunteer and community service.
During her speech, Schaer said it’s been a pleasure to serve alongside the community, making Washington County a better place to live.
Debra Leroy Wenckens was also recognized, taking home the prized Blue Blazer of the Year Award for her service to the volunteer organization.
The keynote speaker for the evening was Tyson Voelkel, President of the Texas A&M Foundation. He recounted some of his experiences serving overseas in the U.S. Army, and called those in attendance to give their lives to service. His full presentation can be heard below.