The Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce, led by president and CEO Leslie Gould, joined with the Lynn Tech community to honor Sandra Lewis on her induction in to the Lynn Tech Hall of Fame Saturday night at Angelica’s in Middleton.
Chamber members have known Lewis as their membership and events manager for the past 13 years but before that she was an outstanding athlete at Lynn Tech, graduating in 1997.
Gould summed up the impact Lewis has had on the growth and effectiveness of the Chamber while congratulating her colleague on her athletic accomplishments.
“Sandra is our superstar!” said Gould. “While Sandra was a star captain of the Lynn Tech girls basketball team, as the membership and events manager of the Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce for over 13 years, she continues to lead and coach with unmatched sportsmanship and great enthusiasm.
“Sandra has brought all those positive building blocks in life,” added Gould. “Her positive, productive work ethic and wit is felt throughout the membership and community. When everyone wants you to be on their team – you know you’re something special. Sandra is truly our superstar, our shining star, and we are honored to work with her and call her our friend.”
Eddie Lewis, a Class of 1996 Tech graduate who excelled in football as a quarterback and in basketball as a dynamic guard, said he was very proud of his wife’s ascension to the Hall of Fame.
“Sandra is an incredible individual and I’m definitely blessed and happy and honored that she’s getting in to the Hall of Fame – that’s an awesome opportunity,” said Lewis. “I’m very proud of her. The family is very proud of her and she’s deserving of this outstanding honor.”
Tech director athletics and teacher Joe Skeadas delivered the presenter’s speech for Sandra Baker’ Lewis’s induction.
“In my 25 years of working at Lynn Tech, this is one of my greatest honors and it’s a pleasure to be making this speech [for Sandra] this evening,” said Skeadas. “When you spoke to her, you could see that Sandra had something special. The way she looked you in the eye, her smile, her charm, her grace – you could just tell being in education that she had something special and you just knew she was going to do something wonderful and she was destined to do well.”
Skeadas noted Lewis’s involvement in a number of local organizations, including her service as a youth sports coach.
“What all these programs have in common is giving back to the community and caring about the community that she works in, lives in, and is raising her family in,” said Skeadas. “After all these years, is Sandra Baker Lewis Hall of Fame material? There is no doubt about it.”
Lewis received warm applause as she approached the podium. She was humble in her brief remarks, saying, “Thank you so much – I appreciate it.”
Lewis expounded on the impact Lynn Tech had on her life in her biography in the souvenir program.
“My years at Lynn Tech were the best years of my life,” said Lewis. “With guidance from mentors like Paul Crowley, Al Malagrifa, Diane and Bart Conlon, and Gary Sverker, I channeled by energy to basketball after school sports. During school, Cosmetology kept me busy and has served me well over the years, especially with two daughters.
“I hadn’t truly realized it at the time, but I’ve always had amazing people around me,” Lewis wrote. “Thank you to everyone who never gave up on me. Thank you to my parents, John and Lynn Baker, for always going above and beyond. Thank you to Mikki Wilson (Class of 1997) for being my best friend through it all. And a very special thank you to my husband, Eddie Lewis and three amazing children, Makayla, Leana, and Eddie Jr., for keeping my life filled with love and happiness.”