>Brookings Oregon News, Sports, & Weather | The Curry Coastal Pilot

News Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

News arrow News arrow Business arrow CFCU, KEVIN MOERKE WIN BUSINESS, VOLUNTEER OF YEAR AWARDS

CFCU, KEVIN MOERKE WIN BUSINESS, VOLUNTEER OF YEAR AWARDS Print E-mail
May 23, 2008 11:00 pm
Les Cohen, Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce president, prepares to present Kevin Moerke, chamber of commerce chairman, the Volunteer of the Year Award during the Azalea Festival mixer Friday night. (The Pilot/Leah Weissman).
Les Cohen, Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce president, prepares to present Kevin Moerke, chamber of commerce chairman, the Volunteer of the Year Award during the Azalea Festival mixer Friday night. (The Pilot/Leah Weissman).

By Leah Weissman

Pilot staff writer

In a crowded room of more than 100 Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce members and officials Friday, the coveted Business of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards were handed out during a kick-off mixer to the Azalea Festival.

"It's a chance to recognize those who make a difference," Les Cohen, president of the chamber, said. "Making Brookings-Harbor a better place to live is what the chamber is all about, and we want to recognize those who do that."

At the beginning of April, the chamber sent out about 500 applications to its members, asking for nominations of local businesses and individuals who have given back to the community.

"The Volunteer of the Year awards an individual who, during the past year, has given back to the community their time, energy and resources that go above and beyond the call of duty," Cohen said.

The room at Salmon Run golf course was silent as Daryn Farmer, last year's volunteer of the year, announced chamber of commerce Chairman Kevin Moerke as the 2008 volunteer of the year.

Moerke thanked those who nominated him, and accepted a Volunteer of the Year plaque from Cohen.

Cohen read out loud one of the nominations for Moerke, "I have worked with many chambers of commerce over the years, and have never had the privilege of working with a more dedicated civic servant than Kevin. Chairman of the Board Kevin truly believes in the chamber and its mission."

The Business of the Year award was then announced by KURY Radio Assistant Manager Debbie Phillips – last year's winner.

"The chamber recognizes a business that is not only successful, but has been actively involved in the community over the past year," Cohen said. "It's not just about their success or uniqueness of the place, but what they give back to the community."

With a quick drumroll by the audience, Phillips announced Chetco Federal Credit Union (CFCU) as the 2008 Business of the Year.

"We are so honored and privileged to serve our community, and look forward to serving the community for many more years to come," Joan Karrle, CFCU vice president of lending, said to the audience as she accepted a plaque on behalf of CFCU.

Cohen said one of the nominations for CFCU read, "Life without CFCU in our community would mean fewer scholarships to worthy high school graduates; fewer classes on financial literacy to grade, middle and high school students; identity theft and Internet classes, and fewer monies supporting the SMART reading program and sports and other community activities."

According to Cohen, out of the last years of holding this awards' ceremony, this year received the most nominations.

Those considered for Business of the Year included Cal-Ore Life Flight and Wild River Pizza, with nominations for Seaside Peddler and Re/Max Coast and County.

Those considered for Volunteer of the Year included Dan Brattain, president of Cal-Ore Life Flight and Carlo Pelaccio, chair of the Brookings-Harbor Lions Club Kans 4 Kids program.

Other people attending the ceremony included the Azalea Princess court, chamber board and officers, this year's Azalea Festival parade Grand Marshal Kent Owens, and other important members of the community.

The Business of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards have been hosted by the chamber of commerce for more than 10 years, though this is the first time the ceremony was held as a kick-off to the Azalea Festival.

"In the past, we've held the awards' banquet in June, but this year we wanted to do something different," Cohen said.

 

Business News by Yahoo Finance

  • Wall Street Week Ahead: Spring fever brings hope for U.S. earnings
    Several behemoths, including Apple, the largest U.S. company by market value, as well as Microsoft, McDonald's (MCD.N) and AT&T (NYS:T), are due to report earnings. They'll be accompanied by highfliers like Netflix and Facebook, giving the first real cross-section of the state of corporate America as temperatures rise across the country and investors hope to put the cold weather behind them. Strategists will also be looking for clues on how badly China's slowdown hits U.S. corporate results. The first batch of earnings came out as equities were working their way through a selloff led by trading-crowd favorites like Netflix and the biotech stocks.
  • Compensation battle rages four years after BP's U.S. oil spill
    Jules Melancon, the last remaining oyster fisherman on an island dotted with colorful houses on stilts, says he has not found a single oyster alive in his leases in the area since the leak and relies on an onshore oyster nursery to make a living. The British oil major has paid out billions of dollars in compensation under a settlement experts say is unprecedented in its breadth. Some claimants are satisfied, but others are irate that BP is now challenging aspects of the settlement. The oil company has spent over $26 billion on cleaning up, fines and compensation for the disaster, which killed 11 people on the rig and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days after the blast on April 20, 2010.
  • GM could benefit, too, from an ignition-switch victims fund
    By setting up a fund, GM could avert years of civil litigation and limit its financial and reputational harm. GM has retained Kenneth Feinberg, a Washington lawyer who has overseen compensation funds for victims of high-profile catastrophes like the BP Plc oil spill and the September 11, 2001, attacks. Feinberg told CNBC on Wednesday that GM is "asking me to help develop some sort of program that might be used to compensate eligible claimants." A spokesman for GM, Jim Cain, said Feinberg is "highly respected for his handling of compensation issues, and we've hired him to explore and evaluate all options." That work is ongoing, and no decisions have been made, Cain said.

Follow Curry Coastal Pilot headlines on Follow Curry Coastal Pilot headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use