If only because it offered the singular experience of seeing Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn in a tux — “tuxed up,” as Fire Captain Matt Gardner flatteringly dubbed it — the second annual Chamber of Commerce’s Member Awards ceremony, held at the Community Hall on March 20, will not soon be erased from local memory.
Schermerhorn’s excuse is that he currently serves as vice president of the Chamber Board, working with board President Steven Sinkler; Treasurer George Vetter; Secretary Sheri Russell; the chamber’s Executive Director Courtland Carrier; and its Administrative Assistant Jim Paino.
Against a glitzy Academy Awards-themed backdrop — awash in ruby-red lighting, bedecked in miniature golden statuettes and featuring an imposing life-size Oscar cutout holding up a film reel He-Man-style — they and dozens of other members of the Cannon Beach community honored their fellow employees and business leaders for everything they achieved during 2014.
Sinkler and Russell, supported by a nostalgia-inducing Disney mix compiled by DJ Dan Moe, handed out awards in five different categories. This year’s recipients were: Excellence in Customer Service - The Ocean Lodge, accepted by Wendy Higgins, general manager; Excellence in Leadership - Tom Drumheller, accepted on his behalf by Patrick Nofield; Annual Supporter of the Year - Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals, accepted by Tanya Waddell, bookkeeper, on behalf of owner Linda Beck-Sweeney, owner; Volunteer of the Year - Tracy Abel, owner of Abel Management; and Member of the Year - Cannon Beach Yoga Arts, accepted by Christen Allsop, owner.