March 3rd, 2019
Mary Urban, President
Woodland Chamber of Commerce
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ON JANUARY 19th, 2019, The Woodland Chamber of Commerce held its annual Installation Banquet at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver. It was a special night with attendees donning formal attire for the Black & White themed event. Melinda Pallotta of the Love Street Playhouse was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Pastor Todd Cloud provided attendees with the invocation as well as led a tribute and moment of silence for beloved Chamber Member, Nate Chumley of America’s Family Diner, who passed away in late 2018.
Erica Rodman, 2018 Chamber President, thanked the 2018 Board of Trustees for their service, and provided attendees with an overview of the Chamber’s involvement in the past year.
Each year, the Chamber honors a distinguished employee, business, and citizen that has been selected for their leadership and exceptional service to the Community.
The 2018 Employee of the Year award was presented by 2017 Employee of the Year recipient, Cami Thur to Alex Garcia of Columbia Bank. Cami shared that Alex has been a fixture at Columbia Bank, and offers a warm smile and helpful attitude to all that enter the Bank. Alex’s past and current employers gush at the effect he has had on their business and the level of support he provides to the business and community. It is mutually felt, that Alex provides an incredible support to not only patrons but also to Management and fellow employees. Columbia Bank Manager, Joy Asmussen emphatically stated, “that she would have been lost without Alex’s help while she was mending from an accident that left her unable to go to work.” She went on to say that, “Alex jumped in and filled in on her behalf without question and did so with a cheerful attitude.” Joy is grateful for Alex, and the community is too!
The 2017 Business of the Year recipient, Mike Golik of Woodland True Value, presented the 2018 Business of the Year award to owner Steve Luckman of Luckman’s Coffee. Mike shared with the audience that Luckman’s Coffee has jumped into the community with both feet since its inception. Luckman’s is constantly helping and donating coffee to community causes and events. In addition to its community support, Luckman’s Coffee is a beacon to Woodland, with its warm and inviting coffee shop. It has become the de facto “meeting spot” in town, and as Steve states; “he operates the East side visitors center.” A tongue and cheek reference, to the amount of out of area traffic he has come through the coffee shop that he and his employees provide information and direct to local attractions, such as Mt. St. Helens, reservoirs and rivers. Mike shared that “Luckman’s Coffee is the ultimate embodiment of Business of the Year, by providing a warm and pleasant environment, bubbly and kind employees, great products, and exceptional service to its customers.”
Vivian Mosby, 2017 recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award, presented the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award to Michann Bond. Vivian shared with attendees that Michann is being honored by the Chamber of Commerce for her dedication, leadership and inspiration that she provides to the Woodland Community. Vivian went on to share that in Michann’s short time that she has lived in Woodland, she has jumped in whole heartedly in a self-led mission to improve and beautify the downtown and community. Michann is often found downtown, with a pressure washer cleaning sidewalks and buildings. She has orchestrated efforts and personally cleaned up and painted buildings downtown- to give them a fresh and clean appearance. Michann renovated the now Sproos building to give downtown a nice building. Vivian shared “that as you go through downtown, you now see white lights around the trees that line the street, and they didn’t just magically appear, Michann did it.” Michann also started the Downtown Santa Claus event where she gives out hundreds of stockings to children in the community. Michann and her husband Ken, also decorate their home in an elaborate display for Christmas and allow people to come through and tour the property, as well as hold events for the community to raise money for local causes. Vivian shared that Michann’s efforts are with no expectation other than a friendly hello or simple thank you. Michann leads not only publicly, but also quietly and discreetly helping and funding initiatives that make the community better, effort by effort. The Woodland Chamber of Commerce could not be more honored to have Michann Bond as Citizen of the Year.
JJ Burke, Director of the Woodland Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, honored the employees that faithfully run the visitors center, Juanita L MacMahon, Veronica Studt, and Sue Ream. In kind, these lovely employees that the Chamber is so lucky to have, bestowed Mr. Burke with an award of the year: “Boss of the Year”. It was an endearing measure of their appreciation to their employer.
2019 Chamber of Commerce President, Mary Urban, installed the 2019 Chamber Board of Trustees: First Vice President: Janice Graham (Retired), Second Vice President: Denise Miller (American Paper Converting), Treasurer: Darlene Johnson (Woodland Truck Line), Secretary: Jennifer Wray-Keene (Port of Woodland), Past President: Erica L. Rodman (Woodland Real Estate), and Trustees: Steve Luckman (Luckman’s Coffee), Kim Blower (Fibre Federal Credit Union), Mariah Stoll-Smith Reese (Lelooska Foundation), Carol Rounds (Retired), Tim Zoltz (Burgerville), Kendra Laratta (Ink Ability). Ms. Urban, also shared with attendees, her vision of the ensuing year- to build upon past efforts led by the Chamber, continue the spirit of collaboration with the City of Woodland, and to foster the mission of the Chamber to “Promote and advocate for business, community and quality of life.”
Chris Bailey, President of Lower Columbia College provided attendees with a very heartening speech about the power of a community that decides how it wants to grow and the very powerful goals it can achieve with definitive purpose, referencing the Chehalis Foundation and the rippling effects one endowment has had on the Community. Mr. Bailey gave attendees a message of promise, hope and initiative. It was a message well received and provided an undercurrent of positive energy as the evening winded down.
As further recognition, the 2018 Citizen of the Year recipient, will by tradition, ride in classic car in this year’s Planters Day Parade on June 15th, 2019