Mar-Mac Chamber recognizes business and community members

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Jakob Regal was the recipient of the James King Award for volunteerism and devotion to supporting community efforts.

David Martin, owner of the Marquette Cafe and Bar, was given the Alexander MacGregor Award for progressive leadership.

Rick and Brenda Trudo, pictured with McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce board member/treasurer Anne Kruse, received the Longevity Award for 39 years of owning and operating the Riverview Inn.

Brandon and Emily Schaefer and Jennifer and Robert Yager, with White Springs Supper Club, earned the Lena D. Myers Award for conserving the historical heritage of Marquette and McGregor.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce opted not to hold an in-person annual dinner and celebration this year. However, the board still wanted to recognize this year's award winners for their contributions.

Jakob Regal was the recipient of the James King Award for volunteerism and devotion to supporting community efforts. The chamber honors his leadership with McGregor’s Pocket City American Legion Post #267 and Clayton County’s Veterans Affairs Commission, as well as service in the Army National Guard. Jakob is tirelessly supportive of area veterans and has worked to engage fellow service members and the community with the Legion’s fundraisers and activities. 

David Martin was honored with the Alexander MacGregor Award, which is named for McGregor’s founder and recognizes progressive leadership. David has owned the Marquette Cafe and Bar since 1999 and always has a friendly smile and kind words for visitors. He’s been committed to championing the community, fellow small businesses and the chamber, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Longevity Award went to Rick and Brenda Trudo and the Riverview Inn. The restaurant has been a McGregor staple for 39 years, known for its home-style meals, fun atmosphere and great views of the Mississippi River. The chamber appreciates all Rick and Brenda have done to provide great food and a unique gathering place for both locals and tourists.

White Springs Supper Club received the Lena D. Myers Award for conserving the historical heritage of Marquette and McGregor. Earlier this year, Robert and Jennifer Yager and Brandon and Emily Schaefer reopened the iconic McGregor establishment—15 years after it was last open to the public. The couples put hours of work into restoring the building, and have brought back the atmosphere and food made famous by Jennifer’s great-grandmother, Ethel Mann, while also adding some modern touches and menu items.

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