The El Dorado Hills Chamber celebrated its 25th anniversary in style last week at Serrano Country Club with a room full of VIPs, installing a new board and doling out recognition and awards for 2010 business achievements.
Long time El Dorado Hills resident and former chamber board chair T Abraham played master of ceremonies in an evening filled with awards, laughs and community spirit.
The chamber’s high-powered premier partners were all recognized: Envision RX Options, Premier Power Solar, PG&E, Town Center, The Stockdale Law Firm, Marshall Medical Center, Waste Connections, AT&R, Wells Fargo.
Outgoing board members Megan Reeves, Sharon Tiedeman, Ted Addison and Cathy Statham were praised.
Outgoing board chairman John Zezini welcomed his replacement, Linda Ellen Anderson. Undersheriff Rich Williams swore in Anderson and the balance of the 2011 board: Board: Danny Militaru, John Zezini, Kelly Seymour, Keith Gordon, Jan Wilcox, Justin Lyman and Cathey Cort.
The Community Foundation Board, formed in 2007 as a separate non-profit to assist companies in locating to El Dorado Hills, was recognized, as was its Government Reform Committee.
The evening also included special recognition for long-time chamber volunteers Katie Midkiff and Betty Englehardt for their years of service to the chamber and the community. Midkiff has been a chamber volunteer since its inception 25 years ago.
David Girard Vineyards won the small business of the year award. Ruffhaus Hot Dogs took start up business of the year. Nor Cal Internet Services is the home-based business of the year. Peggie Ryan-Lanigan of Lyon Real Estate was named the chamber ambassador of the year. Waste Connections walked off with the community service business of the year.
Lastly, board president and CEO Debbie Manning personally delivered the first-ever “Outstanding Community Service” award to a shocked Mike Roberts of Village Life Newspaper, who relinquished his camera to Editor Noel Stack amid thunderous applause from the assembled community leaders.
Afterwards, Roberts was overheard saying “aw shucks,” and appeared to have a lump in his throat.