Air Force Lt. Col. Walter Lesinski was presented with an award, recognizing his contribution to the Lonoke Chamber of Commerce, during the group’s luncheon on May 4.

Lesinski, currently stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base, will be leaving the area in two weeks for a new assignment in Alabama. He said the Chamber has inspired him to become involved in community leadership program.

“Before I leave, I want to say thank you so much,” Lesinski said. “I’ve got to see so much of what a small town goes through and I want to thank you for giving me that opportunity. You make me want to get involved. As I get ready to transition, hopefully in the next five to 10 years, towards a different career…[you make me want to] get involved in something like this and make a difference in a town. The efforts I’ve seen you make in the past year, it’s truly impressive. I wish you all the best.”

Belinda Pedigo with Alzheimer’s Arkansas, spoke to chamber members about the services offered by the organization and the hard facts about the disease.

Alzheimer’s Arkansas is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to Supporting Arkansas families affected by any kind of dementia. Program funding is used solely for services to Arkansas families, according to Pedigo. The program offers toll-free 24-hour telephone support for caregivers, support groups, education sessions, in-service training for professional caregivers, out programs, workshops, a lending library of printed and video materials. these services are offered free to caregivers. Pedigo also said grants are also available for additional support to the patient and the caregiver. For more information, contact the main office at 501-244-0021.

The next Lonoke of Chamber of Commerce meeting will be Aug. 3 at the Depot. Lunch will be served and is $10.