Susan Stackhouse Hazel, clerk of courts for Huron County and an active member of the Republican Women's Club for many years, received the Helen Lippert Mrs. Republican Memorial Award for 2008 Saturday.
The award makes Hazel part of the first mother-daughter team of recipients for the annual award. Her mother, Ruth Stackhouse, won the honor in 2002.
The annual award is given in memory of Lippert for her "outstanding dedication and devotion to the Huron County Republican party."
The award winner is a closely-kept secret every year and Hazel was surprised when her husband announced her as the winner in his role as one of the committee chairmen for the party.
"This is probably the only weekend he could have gotten away with the surprise," Hazel said. She thought the couple's three children were only attending because they were all home for Mother's Day.
Hazel credited her commitment for her volunteer efforts in politics and other areas to her parents, John and Ruth Stackhouse.
"I've followed their example," she said, adding that she and her husband, Pete, have tried to pass down the same values to their children Jessica, 26, Erin, 24, and Jason, 21.
"Of all the jobs that I've done," Hazel said, "the most important job is being a mom."
Before becoming county clerk of courts, Hazel worked with Humphrey Farm in Wakeman, Hill's Interiors, as a substitute teacher and for Western Reserve and EHOVE and in freelance work. She continues to volunteer for several causes.
"There are a lot of other very deserving people too," Hazel said of her award. "There are a lot of good volunteers within the Republican party," she adding, pointing out the many people who organized and donated to the spring dinner.