In 1969, Chamber of Commerce president Richard Atherton asked board members to suggest future goals for Cannon Beach. Suggestions included paint up and clean up, keep vacant lots and streets from rubbish. The majority was for preserving natural beauty and retaining a village atmosphere. Planning for a swimming pool was suggested.
Fifty years later, the chamber celebrated its 50th year with the membership awards ceremony at the Chamber Community Hall.
The chamber is focusing on a year-round audience, chamber president Greg Swedenborg, not just the three summer months, a theme continued throughout the evening. Along with sustainability and a sense of environmental responsibility, the chamber presented a message of “love it like a local.”
The chamber’s executive director Jim Paino paid tribute to chamber members new and old. He introduced a program designed to partner newer members to network and to “get acclimated to Cannon Beach. It’s such a big part of what we do — we want to make sure it gets done well.”
The Tom Drumheller Excellence in Leadership award, named after the hotelier who died in 2017, went to Cannon Beach Mayor Sam Steidel.
Volunteer of the year was awarded to Paul Dueber, whose efforts of behalf of Cannon Beach and its artistic ambiance was recognized by chamber members.
Annual sponsor of the year went to Brian Olson of Beachcomber Vacation Homes.
Excellence in customer service was awarded to the Driftwood, Kyle Genin and Jordan Maier. “We work hard at balancing tourists and locals, but we’ll always squeeze you locals in if you give us notice,” Genin said in accepting the honor.
The award for member of the year closed the festivities went to Pelican Brewing, accepted by Pelican General Manager Carly Dye. “Thank you for welcoming us into this great community,” Dye said. “It’s been really fun and really rewarding. We have a great membership community. I love working with everybody around. It’s been a really great pleasure and we’re honored to receive it.”