BC Chamber Banquet Legendary
It would be hard to imagine a Bridge City today that had never had a Steve Worster. It is an often stated and a historic fact, “Steve Worster put Bridge City on the map.”
Worster was honored Saturday as Citizen of the Year at the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.
He was very humble in the acceptance of his award. “I’ve had difficulty with this all week,” said Worster. He knows that all the recognition he has received started with the Bridge City Cardinals winning the Class 3A state championship in 1966. Worster was named a High School All-American. He went on to become a two-time All-American fullback and played a key role in the Texas Longhorn’s back-to-back national championships in 1969-70.
Those are just a few of his accomplishments in football – well-documented in several earlier articles.
Last March, Worster was named to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, part of the reason he was named Citizen of the Year, and also to the attention he drew to the plight of Bridge City after Hurricane Ike ravaged the small town Sept. 13, 2008. Bridge City’s most famous citizen slept in his car and bunked with family and friends until getting temporary housing. “We’ve been eating off our laps and off picnic tables. The Salvation Army fed us for the first month,” he told the Waco Herald Tribune. “But it’s fascinating to watch what people have done for each other in Bridge City. There’s a lot of good people who still care about their town and each other.”
Saturday, Worster said, “This area is so unique. I’ve lived other places, there’s no other place I would be.”
Acknowledging several 1966 teammates present, he said “I want to drag them up here and hug them. We did this as a team.”
Bill Godwin said, “Steve’s name still means football, still means Bridge City.”
Worster was also presented with a DVD of that memorable championship game by State Championship team member Jerry Jaynes.
Along with the Worster award, Rickey Land was honored as Ambassador of the Year. Kim Davis said, “Rickey is always the first to volunteer and the last to leave.”
“I am very honored. I don’t feel like I did more than anyone else,” said Land. “There are other people than me involved with this award. I share it with all the ambassadors. It takes team work.”
Bill Smith presented the Business of the Year Award to his grandson, Eric Andrus for Central Office Supply. Smith started the business in his home in 1975 making rubber stamps. Andrus bought the business when his grandfather retired in 2005. Andrus still conducts business the way his grandfather taught him, “Do it right, be fair.” Andrus credits most of the success of COS with its employees. “If it wasn’t for Central’s employees, past and present, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
“I love this town, there’s nowhere else I want to be.”
A surprised Claudine Hogan received honors as Director of the Year for her part in obtaining 501(c)(3) non-profit status for the Bridge City Historical Museum housed at the BC Chamber of Commerce.
Mark Dunn, immediate past president also presented 2010 President Robert Simonton with his gavel. “I would like to thank the board of directors and the Ambassadors for their hard work this past year,” Simonton told The Record recently. “I’m looking forward to working with them in the coming year.”
Dunn received a plaque for his work in 2009. “As president I was blessed by being surrounded by a lot of good people,” he said, “We did a lot of good things for the community in 2009. In the end, and after all, we left the chamber better than we found it.”