Bill Kozlik, who recently retired as president of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, spent a few minutes Jan. 23 speaking to the Harker Heights Rotary Club.

Rotary President Jennifer McCann introduced Kozlik, who is a charter member of the club.

“It’s been a long time and we’re glad to have Bill back in our club,” she said. “I’m emotional about his leaving (the chamber) because he’s been like a dad to me for the longest time. Professionally, the chamber has made a huge impact because of him.”

Kozlik described his 15-year journey by saying his first office had no furniture.

“Donations began to arrive but nothing matched. I’d been there two days and the computers crashed,” he said, recalling his first days on the job. “My secretary was expecting a baby and had to go on bed rest and was not able to work anymore. So there I was, Bill Kozlik, and had no idea what to do with the Chamber of Commerce.”

The population of Harker Heights was 12,680 when Kozlik became chamber president. It is now approaching 30,000.

Kozlik paid honor to all the great commanders who had been at Fort Hood. He expressed appreciation for their service on the Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee and the contributions they made to help the chamber grow in size and effectiveness.

“I’m proud of the relationship that now binds us together,” he said.

Kozlik described the last year as taking a big toll on his health and life.

“I’m a cancer survivor and have had to roll with the punches,” he said. “I feel good now and will continue to serve on the YMCA Board, AUSA and be active in my church.”

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