RUNNING SPRINGS AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
By Mary-Justine Lanyon
Although the Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce could not hold its traditional awards dinner to recognize the people and businesses who make the community a better place, they did not want to let the year go by without honoring them.
On Saturday, Oct. 24, the chamber held an open house at Snow Valley Mountain Resort. Attendees enjoyed lunch out on the deck, where they could also bid on silent auction items.
Photos and descriptions of the accomplishments of this year’s honorees were displayed on a board for all to peruse. The recipients who were present gathered for a photo.
Attendees were also treated to a scenic ride up the mountain on Snow Valley’s express ski lift. At the top, they enjoyed a glass of wine or beer while observing the view.
This year’s honorees include:
Business of the Year – Rustic Arts Cabin Outfitters: This business, owned by Adam and Jennifer Hurlbut, is dedicated to the design and construction of fine wood furniture and wood artwork. They were nominated for their “unwavering commitment to Running Springs and the mountain communities. They treat their customers like family and are the kindest people you will ever meet.”
Organization of the Year – Running Springs Post Office: The post office was nominated because “they are dedicated and deserve some recognition. This pandemic didn’t even phase our local post office. They are a lifeblood stream to keeping our community going. Nothing stops the mail.”
Female Citizen of the Year – Delanna Covarrubias: Delanna and her family have provided thousands of meals and groceries to mountain residents through Kvell, which means “to feel happy and proud.” Delanna said that “we are part of an exceptional community up here. We still manage to hold true to old-fashioned community values.”
Male Citizen of the Year – Jim Lyon: Jim, a retired realtor, served on Rim Search and Rescue for many years. Even though he has retired, he can still be seen picking up trash along Highway 18.
Honorary Life Member – Bob Kinzel: After moving to the mountains in 2011, Bob became involved in a number of organizations, coaching basketball, organizing the annual Run Through the Pines, helping to establish the Lake Gregory Education and Community Center. He was well loved and will be greatly missed.
Lifetime Achievement – Suzie Heisler: Suzie served on the chamber board for 10 years and will be sorely missed. She volunteered countless hours putting together Easter egg hunts, gathering donations from businesses and, most especially, helping to make the farmers market the huge success it has proven to be.