DEVENS -- The Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Community Service & Leadership Awards (CSLA) event on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. The event will be held at the Devens Common Center, Devens. Award categories are as follows:

Outstanding Citizen/Volunteer - named for the late Robert W. Lewis, the award is given to an individual who has advanced the community significantly by his or her contribution of time, talent and efforts.

The honorees this year are Earl Carter of Groton, Loret Schur of Sterling and Susan Casserly of Pepperell.

Earl Carter's service to the Town of Groton began over 25 years ago when he and his wife Bonnie moved to the area and opened Metric Screw and Tool Company. Since then, Earl has been a board member of the Mountain Lakes Club and the Groton Historical Society, assisting with the maintenance of the Boutwell House. He also served as Curator of the House over a four year period. Earl has also devoted many hours to the Big Book, Pages for Peace project, building the rigging that supports the book replica. He maintains and drives the trailer all over town for various events like the town fireworks and GrotonFest.

Loret Schur has served the Town of Sterling on the Personnel Board for 23 years and over 15 as Chairperson. During that time, she brought the Town into the modern era by re-writing the Personnel By-Laws and instituting a contemporary compensation system.


At the same time, she also served a number of terms as President and Vice President of the Sterling Historical Society, preserving the character and history of our Town. Loret is also a very committed member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and has been a volunteer Sunday school teacher for over 20 years. She also participated in the church's program of rebuilding Gulf Coast housing after the hurricane.

Susan Casserly has been devoting her time and energy to better her community in a variety of ways. Sue was a member of the Westford Rotary for many years, serving terms as Treasurer and President. As part of her work for Westford Rotary, she was instrumental in the club's annual Blues N Brews event. Susan took the daunting task of coordinating all the volunteers for the blues festival. Susan also serves on the Pepperell Business Association and was the club's Treasurer and President. Currently, Susan is a member of the Pepperell Groton Rotary Club. She has been a volunteer for Indian Hill Music Center and was instrumental in making calls for donations. Susan is the Treasurer of PACH (Pepperell Aid Church to Home) and has volunteered at the Department for Social Services in Lowell. Susan and her friends devote time, energy and resources to make sure families in need have everything essential for the holiday season.

Outstanding Company/Organization Award - named for the late Roy L. Jeannotte, it is given to a company or organization that has made a substantial contribution to the lasting enhancement of the Nashoba Valley Region by demonstrating exceptional leadership and community involvement.

This year we have two winners: Devens Eco-Efficiency Center and Phoenix Park of Shirley.

The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center has provided education and services to the region since 2007, helping businesses lower consumption of energy, reduce the use of toxic waste materials and run more sustainable operations. The Eco-Efficiency Center has also helped to create the Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center which now benefits 75,000 residents in ten towns and protects the health of children, pets, ecosystems and drinking water by making it easier to properly dispose of toxic waste. Additionally, the Eco-efficiency Center has helped over 100 institutions in the Nashoba Valley reduce waste, protect the environment, save money, and perhaps most importantly, strengthen their ability to provide jobs and services to the community.

Phoenix Park is a refurbished 12-building office and industrial complex located in Shirley. The original cotton mill was built by the Shirley Shakers in 1850 and later owned by Sampson Cordage Works and its predecessors, which manufactured rope for nearly 100 years. Since December 1998, Eric Shapiro and his team have undertaken a massive restoration of the old mill that has not only contributed significantly to the local community but has also revitalized an integral mainstay of times past. The restoration has turned the old mill building into a vibrant business community housing over 50 businesses from bakeries, to high-end flute builders, bike builders, an educational collaborative, nursing service, printers, sign maker, to name just a few. The on-site professional management team is second to none in the service it provides to its tenants and the team is constantly trying to improve amenities to offer the best possible scenario for entrepreneurs and business owners to succeed. Eric also pays for any tenant's first year of chamber membership, highlighting to important connections businesses can have with their local chamber.

Festivities will begin at 5:30 PM and will include a cash bar and entertainment featuring pianist Donn Hill. Dinner and program to begin at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $39.00 each (Senior citizens $29 and Children $19). Advance registrations only. Make your reservations now to honor these special people.

The 2012 Community Service & Leadership Awards are proudly sponsored by Parker Hannifin, Rollstone Bank & Trust, Sunny Delight Beverages Company and MassDevelopment.