Although the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Awards and Installation Luncheon was titled “Fallbrook…The Hidden Gem”, the event was more about the people that live here than the place itself. The event was held at the Golf Club of California on May 12.
Chamber CEO Lila MacDonald described the luncheon guests, “all friends, some are family; we give thanks for the people who unknowingly inspire others just by being themselves.”
Among the volunteers who were recognized for spending countless hours devoted to the community were Anita Kimzey, art contest coordinator; Henry Favela, retiring board member; and Jeniene Domercq, chamber board secretary and past president.
Honoree and outgoing board president Martin Quiroz said, “When I joined the chamber five CO’s ago, there were 350 members; we now have 500.” He congratulated the new board, all of whom were re-elected. He also said, “We are in the best financial spot we’ve ever been in.”
Also recognized were individuals and businesses with more than 25 years of membership, as well as all the chamber ambassadors who were present (20 out of 30). The Chamber Ambassador of the Year is Elaine Tedrow, who was honored for her volunteerism and leadership besides being a “promoter of all things chamber and Fallbrook”.
The Chamber Member of the Year is Anne Klentz, who MacDonald said “embodies the essence of the word ‘volunteer’, always present, always helpful.”
The Chamber Business of the Year is 100 Main. Owner Sandy Hull adds to the community by donating sales and providing fashion shows for nonprofits, contributing over $23,000 so far.
The Chamber Non-Profit of the Year is Angel Society of Fallbrook. Raising money through its Angel Shop, the organization donated $161,400 last year to other nonprofits in the community.
The Citizen of the Year Award winner, Shirley Fender, was unable to attend the luncheon, which was also missed by the Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Charley Wolk. Coverage of those awards will be provided in a future issue of the Village News.
California State Assemblymember Marie Waldron, 75th District, a strong supporter of small businesses, assisted with the award presentations and the installation of officers.
In the Chamber Shining Light Community Recognition, the names of many residents who passed away during the last 12 months were read by MacDonald. She also named the organizations those people were involved with in their lifetimes, reminding everyone that “your life is a message to the whole world”.
New board president Deborah Zoller concluded the luncheon, saying that the Fallbrook Chamber is in much better shaper than it was when she first joined. The chamber members were reminded, “What you put in, you will get back 10 fold.”
Pierre Domercq serves as master of ceremonies for the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Awards & Installation Luncheon at The Golf Club of California, May 12.
The 25+ year chamber members recognized at the luncheon include, from left, Attorney Robert James (43 years), Rotary Club of Fallbrook (40) president Dale Mitchell, Ronne Branson (34), FPUD representative Noelle Denke (51), Don McDougal for The Grand Tradition (32), Theresa Geracitano for Foundation for Senior Care (31), Therese Cisneros-Remington for Palomar College (28), Special Projects Manager Phyllis Sweeney for Fallbrook Senior Citizens Service Club (30) and Nicholas Beye, DDS (32).
At the luncheon, Anita Kimzey is recognized for her work as volunteer art contest coordinator for the chamber.
Liduvina Favela is honored for her volunteer work as a chamber ambassador while also representing her husband, Enrique Favela, who retired from the chamber board.
Jeniene Domercq is recognized for being the board secretary as well as serving as board president and then past president.
Assemblymember Marie Waldron, swears in a group of incoming Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors during the Chamber’s Awards & Installation Luncheon at The Golf Club of California, May 12.
The newly installed Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are, from left, Jane Kepley, Bob Hillery, Leo Romero, Jeniene Domercq, Martin Quiroz, Deborah Zoller, Ken Finster, Nicholas Beye, Phyllis Sweeney, Kim Murray, George Archibald, Roy Costello and Cecilia Taylor. Not pictured are Erica Williams and Charley Wolk.
2016 Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year Award recipient Elaine Tedrick, left, is presented her plaque by Assemblymember Marie Waldron.
2016 Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award recipient Sandra Hull, right, of 100 Main is seen with Assemblymember Marie Waldron.
Guests attending the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Awards & Installation Luncheon applaud 2016 Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year Award recipient Anne Klentz.
2016 Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year Award winner, Angel Society of Fallbrook, is represented by Jean Dooley, left, and Linda Flynn, right, who accept the award from Assemblymember Marie Waldron.
New Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce board president Deborah Zoller provides closing remarks during the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Awards & Installation Luncheon.
A list of people who have passed away within the last year are read and honored by Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce CEO Lila MacDonald during the chamber’s annual awards & installation luncheon.
The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors who were present for the luncheon gather for a group photo.