KALKASKA – A local automotive shop and resort manager will be honored as the 2017 Business and Citizen of the Year for the Kalkaska community.
Midas Kalkaska owned by Randy and Cathy Luyck is the Kalkaska Business of the Year, while Tim Ellis, manager of All Seasons Hotel & Resort in the village, received the Citizen of the Year honor. The awards have been presented annually for more than 45 years to honor local businesses and residents for their commitment and service to the Kalkaska community. This year’s recipients will be honored at the Kalkaska Annual Luncheon coming up Wednesday, April 26, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Kalkaska Church of Christ. The Kalkaska Luncheon is presented by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan and the Bill Marsh Automotive Group.
Midas Kalkaska has taken a leadership role in numerous community-based initiatives helping a wide range of local residents and organizations. For the past several years the business has sponsored a charity disk golf event that’s raised some $25,000 and 3,000 pounds of food for Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources (KAIR). It’s also helped donate hundreds of pints of blood in cooperation with Michigan Blood, and supports the local Bikes for Tikes programs. The business also supports the Friends of the Kalkaska Library, the Commission on Aging and this year launched an initiative with the Michigan Department of Human Services called “Tires for Toddlers” that provides winter tires for area families in need.
The business has also earned numerous awards from its parent company. It received the Midas President’s Award in 2007 and 2014 for outstanding customer service, and received the Dealer of the Year award in 2006.
“Randy and his crew have displayed what ‘pay it forward’ truly means in the community,” one nominator praised. “Randy and Cathy Lucyk exemplify the qualities and commitment to be Business of the Year.”
Ellis was lauded by one nominator as “one of the most upstanding citizens of Kalkaska I have ever met.” As the manager of All Seasons Hotel & Resort in Kalkaska, he’s credited for helping breathe new life into the resort and the community. He’s seen as a mentor and leader to the hotel staff, helps young people in the community by giving them employment opportunities and has also made extensive contributions to the community’s Kalkaska Rhinos USHPL Premier hockey team.
“Tim is one of those people that would give you the shirt off his back in the middle of winter just to help you in your time of need… (he) has helped employ youth around Kalkaska to give them a chance to make a difference in other people’s lives while working at a young age (and) instilled that hard work pays off and you should value what your work for,” a nominator said.
The Kalkaska Luncheon program will also feature an update on the “Speak Up Kalkaska!” initiative, a community visioning effort involving Kalkaska County, the Village, its Downtown Development Authority and the Kalkaska County Library. Ticket information is available from the Chamber’s Andi Wagenschutz at (231) 995-7101 or by visiting www.tcchamber.org