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Germonds, Macpherson get top honors from chamber

by: VERN UYETAKE, 
Norma and Henry Germond have been honored by the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce.

Henry and Norma Jean Germond have been a Lake Oswego treasure for four decades.

Greg Macpherson has had a big impact on this community in recent years.

On Wednesday night their importance to this city was recognized at the annual Lake Oswego Cham-ber of Commerce Awards Banquet.

Macpherson re-ceived the Community Leader of the Year Award, while the Germonds shared the Bob Bigelow Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other outstanding contributors to the Lake Oswego community were also honored. They included:

* Chamber Champion -Director's Chair Studio (Sean Minogue and Mick Geronimo).

* Denton Small Business Award - iCON Presentations.

* Denton Large Business Award - The Bank of Oswego.

* Rookie of the Year - Wanda Frazier.

* Networker of the Year - Tim O'Leary of Ricoh Business Systems.

* Headlee Beautification Award - city of Lake Oswego (Foothills Park), Russ Diehl and Dave Westcott (Sunset Crossing development) and Prell and Morton Development (Stafford Commons).

Macpherson was presented his honor by 2006 winner Chris Schetky, who said, 'In a short duration of time, Greg has been an extremely positive force' - not only as a state legislator but as a citizen of Lake Oswego.

'As a member of the House, Greg has been a strong advocate for Lake Oswego,' Schetky said. 'He is very, very responsive to the public. He attends lots of events to seek opinions. He has been a very positive and active Rotary member.

'He advocates for us. Greg is just a real quality guy.'

In her speech at the banquet, Schetky said, 'When Greg moved to Lake Oswego he immediately reached out, embraced this community, embraced our values and connected with us in a variety of ways … and this community responded. What a positive difference he has already made.'

Bill Korach, long-time superintendent of Lake Oswego School District, praised the Germonds for being very much in the tradition of his friend, the late Bob Bigelow, former publisher of the Lake Oswego Review, for whom the award is named.

'This is a couple who have had a dramatically positive impact in our community for 38 years,' Korach said. 'They live and embody a deep commitment to helping others - to reaching out and embracing social responsibility. They are their brothers and sisters keepers.

'Their passion, commitment, leadership and service have helped define Lake Oswego's sense of social consciousness and commitment to others.'

The Germonds have compiled a remarkable resumé of service.

Henry Germond's accomplishments include:

* Board member of the Oswego Heritage Council.

* City of Lake Oswego Budget Committee.

* All leadership roles of the Forest Hills Easement Association.

* Transportation Advisory Committee.

* Quality of Life Indicators Task Force.

* Downtown Traffic Study Committee.

* Local Improvement Ordinance Committee.

* Unsung Heroes Selection Committee.

* Energy Committee for the city's comprehensive plan.

Norma Jean Germond's service includes:

* President of the League of Women Voters.

* Appointment by Gov. Tom McCall to the state's Energy Advisory Board.

* Elected and served 20 years on the Portland Community College Board of Directors.

n chair of the state Advisory Committee for Adult Education and Literacy.

* Public representative and advisory board member of the Hanford Nuclear Facility.

* Nationally elected to the Association of Community College Trustees.

* City of Lake Oswego Budget Committee.

* Outstanding Community Service Award from the City of Lake Oswego.

* Chair and co-founder of the Northwest Conservation Coalition.

* Legislative lobbyist for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Macpherson's list of service includes:

* Service on the Lake Oswego School District Foundation Board from 2003 to 2005.

* Trustee for Trillium Family Services (a non-profit organization serving mentally ill youth).

* Chair of the Multnomah County Planning Commission.

* Leadership on PERS reform.

* Shaping legislative bills coping with methamphetamine abuse.

* Chair of the Judiciary Committee and co-chair of the Land Use Fairness Committee, which is dealing with the many issues raised by Measure 37.

Jerry Wheeler, executive director of the Lake Oswego Chamber, said the awards are selected by a committee of chamber board members that they and/or the chamber membership nominate.

Criteria are based on chamber involvement as well as community involvement. The Bigelow award is chosen by a community-based committee. The Community Leader award is chosen by past recipients, board members and Wheeler.

While the balloting is subjective, Wheeler said that every effort is made to be impartial, focusing on accomplishments and chamber involvement.