DESLOGE – Baseball fever was in the air at the Desloge Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet Saturday night. This year’s theme was &#8220Sport Night” and attire for the event called for any sports related clothing. Dr. David Cramp, coach of the Farmington Firebirds, was the guest speaker for the event.
&#8220There is no place I’d rather be than right here tonight,” Cramp said. &#8220I want to talk about baseball, America’s past time and greatest game. There is something about the smell of a glove, the sound of a ball striking wood, the feel of a ball going into a glove. The feeling never leaves you. In football you have your ground assault, your aerial assault and blitzing. In baseball the only things you want to do is be safe and go home. Baseball is the only sport where the defense has the ball.”
Several awards were given out during the event held at the Mineral Area Elks Lodge.
Dr. Perry Bramhall, D.O. was honored as the Desloge Chamber of Commerce’s Daily Journal/ Farmington Press Citizen of the Year. Bramhall opened his practice, Quality Healthcare, Inc., in Desloge in 1986 from which he recently retired from. Bramhall graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1984.
One characteristic of Bramhall is that he really enjoyed his job. His son recently said, &#8220My dad really enjoys being a doctor. He enjoys his patients and they are dear to his heart.”
Prior to attending medical school, Bramhall served in the Vietnam War as a medic for the Marine Corps. from 1964-1968. During his service Bramhall was awarded the Purple Heart.
Following his service, Bramhall was a high school teacher from 1976-1979. During his teaching career, Bramhall taught anatomy, physiology and biology.
Dr. Bramhall has served in several elected positions. He was on the Board of Directors of Country Meadows Nursing Home, Mineral Area Regional Medical Center Executive Committee, National Health Care Nursing Center, Southbrook Nursing Center in Farmington, and Safe Harbor Hospice in Bonne Terre.
In 1999 he received the Humanitarian Award from the Desloge Eagles Lodge.
Dr. Bramhall is currently the staff physician at Bailey Street Assisted Living Facility in Farmington, Peach Assisted Living Facility in Park Hills and Shady Oaks Residential Care Center in Park Hills.
Bramhall enjoys photography in his spare time and remains active in several organizations; including Children’s Haven for abused children, Mark’s Place, Handicapped Children of Missouri and the Farmington VFW.
Eric Horton was the recipient of the Froggy 96 Elite Service Award while Charlie Rowe of U.S. Tool received the KFMO/ B104 Sweat Equity Award. The Labor Day Picnic Wal-Mart bratwurst crew received the KREI/ KTJJ 110 percent award while the Daily Journal’s Jason Loughary was the recipient of the Desloge Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year Award.
Bank of the Leadbelt was named the Business Leader of the Year by the Desloge Chamber of Commerce while Ralph Serini received the Platinum Performance Award from the Desloge Chamber of Commerce. Jimmy Russel received the Super Service Award from the chamber and Dylan Kater, son of Desloge Mayor David Kater, was given the Junior Achievement Award from the chamber.
Following the awards the chamber officers for 2006 were sworn in. Debbie Kester was sworn in as president, Jason Loughary as vice-president, Leroy Spradling as treasurer and Carol Coulter as secretary. The board of directors for 2006 are Charlie Berry, Jan Hubbs, David Kater, Lois Ann Meyer, Michelle Smith, Pat Spradling and Mark Westbrooks.