Saukville marketing firm, longtime crossing guard among winners of annual recognition
The Saukville Chamber of Commerce found plenty to celebrate Wednesday, May 19, when it held its 45th annual awards banquet in the Saukville Police Station.
Befitting its business emphasis, the Chamber honored Slingshot Marketing at its Business of the Year.
CEO Davis Schmidt moved the marketing firm from Cedarburg to its headquarters at 541 Dekora Woods Blvd. in the Saukville Business Park in 2004.
Since that time, the company has been active in promoting community events and Chamber functions.
Clients in the firm’s professional portfolio include Harley-Davidson, Sargento, Ace, True Value, Cargill and JanSport.
Longtime Port Washington business man Chuck Prendergast received the Government Award for his involvement with the Village of Saukville.
A Saukville resident and member of the local Chamber since 1980, Prendergast was a trustee on the Saukville Village Board from 1978 to 1984.
He has served on the village’s Architectural Review Board since 1980, making him only the second person in the municipality’s annals to serve on a government body for 30 years.
That length of service pales in comparison to the Chamber’s Citizen of the Year, veteran crossing guard Helen Galvin.
Police Chief Bill Meloy is fond of telling the story of how Galvin became a fixture on village streets, making intersections safe for local schoolchildren.
She began serving as a substitute crossing guard in the early 1970s. When a fulltime crossing guard opening became available in 1973, Meloy asked Galvin to give the job a try.
“That trial basis has lasted for 37 years,” he said during a recent Village Board meeting.
In 1980, Galvin was one of the local crossing guards who volunteered to work without pay to help the village get through a particularly difficult budget crunch.
“Helen has been on the corner of Dekora and Mill streets for over 37 years, in rain and snow, rarely missing a day,” noted her nomination form.
Galvin is also a regular volunteer at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Rose-Harms American Legion Post and American Legion
Auxiliary, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society as well as National Night Out, Saukville Family Fun Day and River Fest.
She received the Chamber’s Government Award in 1998.
Rounding out this year’s award winners was the designation of the Village Sno-Seekers Club as the Organization of the Year.
The club started in 1979 under the sponsorship of a local tavern, the old Village Inn. Since then, it has been an ongoing sponsor of the Live at the Triangle concert series and the village’s 4th of July parade.
HONORED DURING THE Saukville Chamber of Commerce’s 45th annual banquet were (from left) Scott Heuer and Mark Blau of the Village Sno-Seekers Club, the Organization of the Year, Helen Galvin as Citizen of the Year, and Davis Schmidt of Slingshot Marketing, the Business of the Year. Not pictured was Chuck Prendergast, winner of the Government Award. Photo by Sam Arendt