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Chamber honors awardees, new members


Jennifer Salvatore, the surprise 2014 Rohn Bly Volunteer of the Year, set the tone for the North Clackamas County Chamber’s annual awards dinner last week at Gray Gables Estate.

by: PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Clackamas Review and Oregon City News Publisher Angela Fox, incoming chairwoman of the Chamber Board, offers a hug to Jennifer Salvatore, who was crying after being named the Rohn Bly Volunteer of the Year.Recognized for her tireless work on behalf of local businesses as a member of the Chamber Board, the loan officer at Happy Valley’s Columbia Bank cried as she accepted her award.

Laura Edmonds, who was “humbled” by being named the chamber’s CEO/president, had started off the evening by saying she was looking forward to a great first year.

by: PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Laura Edmonds gives her speech.Attendees enjoyed a steak-and-potatoes buffet dinner with strawberry salad and desserts catered by John Paulk of Mezzaluna, a new preferred business for Gray Gables. Jennifer Agard, owner of Forte Floral in Oregon City, and her business partner, Samantha Maidan, bought the iconic Oak Grove venue a couple of months ago and viewed the event as the big kickoff of their revamping after a grand reopening June 5.

After dinner, Portland General Electric’s Gary Young and Ray Stobie of Oregonians Credit Union introduced graduates of Leadership Clackamas County who built a composting project for Sycamore Lane Therapeutic Riding Center. The program will be taking a year off so that the Chamber Board can help determine how to re-energize it and possibly bring back a youth-mentoring component.

Former Happy Valley mayor and outgoing Chamber Board Chairman Rob Wheeler said that the past year has been challenging as the board members themselves decided to do a membership drive. About halfway through the drive that began in January, board members had to replace their president/CEO, and Edmonds filled in as interim in addition to her former position as membership director. During a broader search process, she impressed the entire board with her leadership, Wheeler said, so they decided to name her as a permanent leader of the chamber.

Wheeler introduced incoming Chairwoman Angela Fox, publisher of the Clackamas Review and Oregon City News, as a person with amazing drive to do great things for all chamber members and the local community. More than 150 people in attendance gave standing ovations to both Fox and Wheeler for their service.

by: PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Chip Sammons of Holistic Pet Center swears in the North Clackamas County Chamber Executive Board. Pictured from left, Chair Angela Fox, Immediate Past Chair Rob Wheeler, Chair Elect David Golobay, Vice Chairs Joanne Truesdell, Mark Meek and Lydia Hamann.A longtime chamber member, Fox has been involved with the North Clackamas chamber for 13 years and is looking forward to helping enact more technological improvements. She invited everyone in the audience to call her or other members of the board with ideas.

“Branding: As a chamber, who do we want to be in five years?” she said. “We need to create some enhanced benefits to new and existing members.”

The evening wound down with speeches from David Golobay, owner of Sun Glow Inc. Heating & Air Conditioning, who was named Business Person of the Year, Punky Scott of the Bomber Restaurant, this year’s Irwin Adams Lifetime Community Achievement winner, and Charles Fick III, the owner of General Distributors, Business of the Year.