Cryer is employed as the Administrative Assistant to Westlake Mayor Bob Hardey, but it is here work on behalf of senior citizens and her community as a whole that garnered her this recognition.
"It was a total surprise," Cryer told the Daily News. "I am very honored to have received such a prestigious award."
In a dozen letters of recommendation, the words selfless, generous, supportive and caring were a constant theme.
Cryer, a native of Westlake and City employee for 18 years, organizes the annual Citizen of the Year banquet for Westlake, which benefits the Westlake Mayor's Armed Forces Commission. Those funds have allowed the commission to partner with the Recreation District and City to build a new Veterans Memorial Park.
She is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and calls Bingo at the Westlake Senior Activity Center on a regular basis. "She arranges for the prizes and puts her special 'Becky' touch to them because 'Presentation is everything'. The folks there love her, and they always have a great time," said one of her nominators.
Cryer is the city's contact for Magnolia Cemetery. She coordinates with funeral homes and meets the families at the cemetery. She has also done research and plotted out the cemetery to help families identify the graves of their loved ones.
Cryer has provided support for the Salvation Army's annual Empty Bowl fundraiser and works at the First Methodist Church Food Pantry in Westlake every Wednesday.
One recommendation letter noted that Cryer spearheaded a competition between the cities of Sulphur, Lake Charles and Westlake at Christmas for the Salvation Army's bell ringing in Westlake. "She was so adamant that Westlake would win that she dressed like an elf and had others show up to wear big, hot costumes to generate interest. It was a huge success."
One letter captured the sentiment of them all: "Becky will give you her last just so that you will not go without. She loves her job and her City."
Heather Hohensee was presented with the President's Award at the 70th Annual Banquet for going above and beyond with her time, passion, and her generous contributions to the Chamber. Heather has brought many new ideas that has made the Chamber more efficient and effective. Her pursing strategy to ensure the Chamber is a viable partner in the West Calcasieu marker and seeks to engage our community in joining the Chamber. She has been a key in developing new WCCC leaders by building on current members strengths and bringing in new members that benefit from the organization.
Heather has served on the Board of Directors for the past three years and will be returning to sit for another three year term. She also is Chairman for the Economic Development/Workforce Education Committee for the last two years. She introduced two major initiatives this year. First being the Master Your Future Conference and second the launching of the West Calcasieu Chamber's new small business development program.
We appreciate all your hard work and dedication!
Russell Castille received the Excellence Award at the 70th Annual Banquet. He is currently serving his second term on the Board of Directors. Russell also sits on the Economic Development/Workforce Education Committee for the last two years. We appreciate your dedication to the West Cal Chamber. Congratulations!
Cynthia Beverly received the West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Award at the 70th Annual Banquet. Beverly is the Director of the Sulphur Senior Center and was recognized for her hard work and dedication providing activities and education for the center's membership. Congratulations! You have done an amazing job for the Sulphur Senior Center and for the Seniors of our community!