By Robin GOLDSWORTHY
Civic and business leaders in the foothill community turned out on Thursday, Jan. 12 at the Oakmont Country Club for the annual CV Chamber of Commerce installation of officers and directors. The afternoon included the distribution of money from the Pinola/CVCOC Educational Endowment Fund.
Outgoing chamber officers were acknowledged for their hard work on the chamber board with special emphasis given to Jean Maluccio who invested more than 20 years with the chamber in varying roles including executive director, officer and director.
Fellow outgoing officer Eleanor Wacker took the microphone to laud her friend, comparing her to the fictional Mary Poppins.
She detailed how over the years Maluccio spearheaded several projects including putting out a call for donations for troops in Afghanistan that resulted in hundreds of items being brought to the chamber office where volunteers stuffed Christmas stockings that were carted to the post office for shipping to the troops.
“She even had the postage costs covered,” Wacker told the estimated 120 people attending the luncheon. “With Poppins, everything is possible.”
Another high point was the awarding of $20,000 in grants to 13 educational programs. Amounts varied from $500 to a milestone $5,000 for Rosemont Middle School to launch “a comprehensive pilot program for afterschool programming,” according to a statement by the Community Foundation of the Verdugos, the organization that administers the fund.
Board members for the Pinola/CVCOC Educational Endowment Fund now prepare for the next fundraiser, the 24th annual Smart-a-Thon being held on March 28. For information, call the chamber office at (818) 248-4957.