Jane and Bob Claus have been named 2013 Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year. They’ll be honored at the annual chamber dinner Tuesday, June 18, at Witherbee’s Carriage House Restaurant.
Bob Claus thinks he and his wife, Jane, are a “burr under the saddle.”
“We try to make all the town board and school board meetings,” he said. “We tend to be vocal. Sometimes I’m certain people think we’re a burr under the saddle.”
“We have strong beliefs about education, children and the way things should happen,” Jane agreed. “I’m sure there are times we may be too outspoken.”
Maybe, but their neighbors hold the Clauses in high regard. They’ve been named the 2013 Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year.
They’ll be feted at the annual chamber dinner Tuesday, June 18, at Witherbee’s Carriage House Restaurant. The social hour will be 6 to 7 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The price for the dinner is $25 and is all inclusive. The public is welcome to attend. Reservations must be made with the chamber office at 532-7675.
Each spring since 1976 the Schroon chamber has sought citizen of the year nominations from the community. The chamber board then makes a selection.
“The chamber of commerce will be recognizing the significant contributions that Bob and Jane have made to our community and area for many years,” the chamber board said in a prepared statement. “They are very dedicated people that have been involved with the Schroon Lake Library, Seagle Music Colony, various music concerts, the bicentennial events, the Schroon Lake Central School and the broadband committee to mention just a few of the many activities and organizations.”
The couple have also been active in the Schroon Lake Arts Council, the local fire department, the emergency squad, the fire auxiliary, the town zoning board and the Paradox Lake Association.
“I’m very surprised,” Jane said of the honor. “We’ve been involved in a lot of different groups. Lately our time has been filled up by family. This is very nice.”
The couple has six children and 13 grandchildren.
“Obviously, we’re pleased and honored,” Bob said of the selection. “It means a great deal to us.”
Bob grew up in Schroon Lake, graduating from Schroon Lake Central School before moving away. When the couple, both teachers, retired in 1993 they returned to the community.
“Schroon Lake is a beautiful place, but it’s the people who make it special,” Bob said. “We think it’s a special place. The folks are very nice.”
As Schroon Lake Citizens of the Year the Clauses will serve as grand marshals of the community’s July 4th parade this summer.
“I’ve walked in the parade many years, it’ll be nice to ride,” Jane quipped.
The couple is currently helping prepare four Schroon Lake students to perform in a Seagle Colony production this summer. Then they’ll look for another project.
“We like to stay involved in the community,” Jane said. “I think we’ll just keep doing the things we’ve been doing. It’s great to think we’re appreciated by the people of Schroon Lake.
“We really appreciate this,” he said. “It means a lot. We’re humbled by it.”