At its 2014 Installation Dinner and Awards event held Friday evening, Feb. 28 at the Golf Club of California, the Bonsall Chamber of Commerce installed a new board of directors and honored some outstanding members and businesses that had made significant contributions to the organization.
New directors installed on the board included Bud Coale, president; Roxanne Greene, president-elect; Jerry Burke, Sandra Goodman, Carole Hodges, Dale Martin, Ken Munson, and Leo Romero.
Past directors honored at the event for their help organizing the services of the chamber included Ron Coulombe, Tom Metier, Dianna Mann, Gail Martin, Dr. Charles Drury, Rosalyne Hall, Chris Howard, Cheryl Nurse, and Muhammad Rahman.
The following special awards were presented:
Citizen of the Year
Gail Martin was presented with the Bonsall Chamber’s prestigious Citizen of the Year award, which recognizes a person who has made many contributions over a period of years.
In the past, Martin has served as a director for both the Fallbrook and Bonsall chamber organizations. She served as 2013 president of the Bonsall Chamber and holds a board position at Fallbrook Hospital. It was stated that Martin has regularly assisted the Chamber with its production of the Bonsall Buzz electronic newsletter and weekly email blasts.
During her one-year term as president, Martin aided in growing the Bonsall Chamber membership to double its size.
Phil Delaney earned this honor, organizers said, “for a lifetime of achievements, which takes time and exceptional qualities.”
In addition to being a private business owner, Delaney has a long history of assisting non-profit organizations. It was stated that he has given his time to Boys & Girls Clubs of North County, Fallbrook Village Association, Fallbrook Art Center, Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce, Bonsall Chamber of Commerce, and Legacy Endowment Community Foundation.
Presenters said he “tirelessly serves” and “unless you are very involved in several organizations, there is no way you can see the number of nonprofit hours he gives.” It was noted that Delaney strives to volunteer his time “quietly and without recognition, but we want to recognize him for being so special.”
Ambassador of the Year
Angel Berger of Guild Mortgage Company was presented with the Bonsall Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador of the Year award.
With duties described as “one of the most challenging” for volunteers, ambassadors act as a welcoming person to all who attend Chamber-organized events, like Sundowners.
Ambassadors also make calls to new and continuing members to invite them to networking activities.
Supportive New Business of the Year
Valley Fort Steakhouse was presented with the Supportive New Business of the Year award. This award is bestowed upon a business that has joined the Chamber within the previous 12 months and provided exceptional support to the organization.
“As a business, [Valley Fort] provides high quality experiences in a friendly atmosphere,” organizers said. Owned by Hank and Patty Hornsveld, the Valley Fort Steakhouse provided its grounds for the Chamber’s Fall Country Festival last year and has offered it for this year’s event as well.
Business of the Year
Perfection Imaging Technologies was honored with the Chamber’s Business of the Year award for its years of “excellent customer service, good pricing, and warm representatives.” Owned by Dale and Gail Martin, Dale accepted the award.
Referred to as a business “that we all want to be like in performing,” it was stated that the company offers all services relating to imaging – copiers, repair services, and supplies.
In addition, Perfection Imaging Technlogies has donated countless hours and service and supplies to helping power the Chamber’s ‘Bonsall Buzz’ communication system, and more.
Supporters of the Year
This award was presented to four recipients.
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) received the award for conducting its annual LED light exchange for the community, providing weekly opportunities for special training, and sponsoring multiple Chamber events. Juanita Hayes accepted the award on behalf of SDG&E.
San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn was honored with the award. It was stated that Horn “has dedicated his time and energy to the betterment of our communities by providing clear answers to some of the most complex questions.” Horn was in Washington, DC at the time of the event, so his representative Anita Lightfoot accepted the award on his behalf.
The Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News was presented with the award. “This company has provided numerous areas of support,” said organizers. “Daily and weekly they provide our communities with vital information. Their pictures, announcements, and news articles continue to keep our communities glued together and has been ongoing for years.” The award was accepted by Village News Inc. publisher Julie Reeder.
Digiplex River Village also received this award for “providing support [to the Chamber] in numerous areas.” The cinema offered its venue for the Chamber’s Community Hero’s Recognition event and each week provides complimentary tickets allowing visitors and new members to enjoy an evening of entertainment.