By Robin GOLDSWORTHY
The Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce held its annual installation and community awards dinner on Jan. 26.
Held at the Angeles National Golf Club, the event was an opportunity to introduce the chamber’s incoming officers and directors while acknowledging the work done for the community by civic leaders.
The passing of the gavel of president was a quick exchange – from the left hand of Scott Trulik to his right as he undertook the duties for a second year.
City of Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman administered the oath to the new officers and directors (for a complete listing, visit www.cvweekly.com and click on Between Friends).
Several local leaders and organizations were recognized for their work for the betterment of the community. These included Volunteer of the Year Robbyn Battles for her work with the CV Town Council and ASTER; Montrose Bakery owner Henry Baeza, honored as Business Person of the Year and whose son, Michael, accepted the award on his behalf noting his father’s attitude of, “I try my best every day, every year”; Harriet Hammons was recognized for her ongoing devotion to Oktoberfest, the Boy Scouts and other organizations.
Newcomer Giuseppe’s Pizza was celebrated as Business of the Year for its active participation in the community; the CV Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition was recognized as Organization of the Year; Dr. Michele Doll, principal of CV High School, was named Educator of the Year with presenter Nayiri Nahabedian of the GUSD noting that “good schools equal good communities,” and commending Doll on her contributions.
JR Ruiz of the CV Sheriffs was bestowed with the inaugural In the Line of Duty award; the recently opened Trader Joe’s in Montrose received the Beautification Award and the owners of the revamped Vons Center in Montrose were presented with the Community Enhancement award.
Kate Bernier presented long time volunteer Chris Waldheim with the Oktoberfest Volunteer Award, saying that Waldheim gives “selflessly” and “makes Oktoberfest the best it could be.”
Recently retired GPD Lt. Ian Grimes was recognized as Peace Officer of the Year and the President’s Award was given to Joe Allen.
The prestigious Frank Roberts Award was given to CV Weekly reporter Mary O’Keefe for her tireless efforts in donating time to the community including her work with Prom Plus, the Firehouse and the CV Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition.
O’Keefe received a standing ovation for her work.