Service to Beaverton Award winners include Vernier Software, Sub Station, ISing Choir
Businesses, civic leaders, students, teachers recognized at annual luncheon ceremony
When referred to as the "mayor" of Southwest Broadway Street while he's assembling submarine sandwiches in his rapid-fire, but unerring manner at lunchtime, the owner of Beaverton Sub Station usually defers with a modest, 'Oh, I don't know about that.'"
But anybody who's spent time on the village-like street or in the bustling Beaverton Sub Station that Chuck Wilson's helmed for 30 years is aware the jovial, witty raconteur knows the minutiae of downtown Beaverton and Broadway regulars like the back of his fast-moving hands.
"When people come in who haven't seen each other in 20 years, that's what I call having a 'Sub Station moment,'" the Chicago native said on Friday at the Service to Beaverton Awards luncheon on Friday, following a short video tribute to him and his business. "Sometimes I feel like the luckiest guy in the world while I'm standing here making sandwiches. "It's been a good time for me."
Wilson's business and his undeniable elan were winners in the Service to Beaverton Awards' Small/Medium Business category. The Sub Station was among seven businesses, individuals and organizations singled out for outstanding community service at the annual awards luncheon held at the Tiger Woods Center at the Nike World Headquarters Campus at Murray Boulevard and Jenkins Road.
Sponsored by the city of Beaverton, the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, Service to Beaverton recognizes individuals and organizations for making long-term, significant contributions to the community.
Award recipients were selected based on the following criteria: implementing and/or assisting in the implementation of outstanding projects and/or services; enriching and revitalizing our community and neighborhoods; and demonstrating responsiveness, creativity, and civic values.
Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle and Jerry Jones, chairman of the Beaverton chamber, served as hosts for the event.
"The Service to Beaverton Awards help us recognize those who go above and beyond in supporting our community, demonstrating collaboration and the spirit of volunteerism," Doyle said. "To all the nominees, congratulations and a sincere thank you for your invaluable contributions to make Beaverton one of the best communities in Oregon.
"If there is a need, you all fill it, and that's what makes this a great place to live," he added.
Here is a rundown of the 2014 Service to Beaverton Award winners and the characteristics that led to their nomination and ultimate selection:
Small/Medium Business Beaverton Sub Station: Owned and operated by Chuck Wilson since 1981, the business leads initiatives for the historic preservation of Broadway Street, engages in the Signage Pilot Project, and helps grow events, such as First Friday, through the Beaverton Downtown Association.
Large Business Vernier Software: Founded by Dave and Christine Vernier, develops and produces affordable, easy-to-use data acquisition products for science classrooms and labs around the world. Vernier encourages employees to volunteer for non-profit organizations on company time, and engages in many other forms of philanthropy. Through partnerships with Schoolhouse Supplies, the Oregon Food Bank and other organizations, Vernier has worked to provide for those in need throughout the Beaverton community.
Educator/Teacher of the Year Terri Buckley: A teacher at Findley Elementary who has been a source of inspiration for her students, Buckley has been a catalyst for community service projects by working with organizations, such as the Oregon Food Bank, and starting "Smile Bags," where her students help decorate sack lunches with drawings and fill them with organic food to pass out to homeless adults in Portland and Beaverton. Students have said that her classroom is welcoming and friendly, and she supports their ideas for how to help the community.
Emerging Leader Roopa Ramanujam: Ramanujam played an instrumental role in leading and launching new projects in her role as co-chair of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board, such as Adopt-a-Road cleanups and Senior Prom. She started a club during her junior year that mentored students in speech and debate in middle school, with the majority of students deciding to join speech and debate when they entered high school. The list of local organizations that Ramanujam has volunteered with in Beaverton includes HomePlate Youth Services, Vose Elementary School and the Oregon Food Bank.
Neighborhood Association Committee ember Alton Harvey, Sr.: As chair of the Neighbors Southwest NAC for close to 10 years, Harvey has played a strong role in enriching his neighborhood and facilitating connections. In his leadership role, Harvey was heavily involved in ensuring that neighborhood concerns were heard during the development of the Progress Ridge Town Center.
Other initiatives include the Neighbors Night Out event, which creates opportunities for neighbors and businesses to connect with each other. In addition to his work with the neighborhood, Harvey also serves as the Vice President of the Oregon Board of Dentistry. His neighbors noted that Harvey is a champion for building community and embodying neighborliness.
Organization ISing Choir: ISing Choir has been delivering exceptional performances of choral music for more than nine years, and has grown into a group of 75 volunteer members dedicated to sharing music for the benefit of the community. One hundred percent of the profits of ISing Benefit concerts go to local non-profits, helping in many areas from affordable housing to providing meals for homeless youth. To date, ISing concerts have raised more than $135,000. In the last month, a smaller group of members toured Beaverton's sister city Cluses, France, for a cultural exchange, the first in 15 years.
Outstanding Individual Patricia Reser: Reser is the Chair of the Board of Reser's Fine Foods, a retired teacher and administrator of the Beaverton School District, and long-time arts advocate in Beaverton. Jayne Scott, senior manager of the city of Beaverton Arts Commission said, "Pat Reser is a champion of the arts in Beaverton, an advocate for the preservation of our history in Washington County, and a strong supporter of opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities in our state."
Ed Ray, Oregon State University president, was among those who praised Reser's contributions in a video tribute to her.
"Selflessness is really what Patricia is all about," he said. "She has created a business that as provided jobs and income to many thousands of people. As an educator at Beaverton schools, she's touched the lives of so many young people. She's surely made a profound difference in their lives."
For more information about the awards luncheon and each winner, visit BeavertonOregon.gov/Service or call Megan Cohen, Neighborhood Program, at 503-526-2584.