12/19/2012 10:16:00 AM Jim David, Velma McCall are Chamber Volunteers of Year
Review/Heidi Dahms Foster
Brad Newman accepts the Business of the Month award for YEI! during the Dec. 12 luncheon.
Heidi Dahms-Foster Former Editorial Manager
The Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Dec. 12 presented its annual Reid/Kaecker Volunteer of the Year award to Jim David, and new this year, the Vera French Office Volunteer of the Year award, honoring the late volunteer, to Velma McCall.
Chamber Board President Tom Payne said the board decided to divide the annual honors this year because a number of volunteers give mainly to community events, and others mostly to office functions, both vital roles. Naming the office-related award after French is a great way to honor her memory, Payne said.
"Vera French meant the world to this Chamber," he said of the former Teapot Inn owner who he said last year lost her life to cancer.
Nominees for the Reid/Kaecker award were Lee Dudley, Karolyn Ericson, Wendy McManigal, Karen Otis, Ron and Cheri Romley and Susan Tobey. When Payne announced Jim David as this year's honoree, David came to the podium with tears in his eyes and received a proud hug from his wife and past Chamber Board President Dr. Leonda Armstrong.
David has served on the Chamber's Golf Tournament, Casino Night and Scholarship committees, hosted the Talk of the Town radio show on Arizona's Hometown Radio Group, and volunteered at the Chamber's booth during the Freeman Farms Pumpkin Festival.
McCall also was surprised and humble as she received the first Vera French award. Nominees for the award included office volunteers Kay Jones, Allene Campbell, Linda Tenney, Pat Carey, Nancy Best, Jolyne Nichols, Gail Steele and Chamber Ambassadors Smokey and Sally Riner. Chamber Volunteer Coordinator Eric Spurgeon, along with Payne, presented the awards.
During the luncheon, Payne announced the final Business of the Month for 2012, Yavapai Exceptional Industries, or YEI! Director Brad Newman accepted the award.
More information on joining the Chamber or volunteering in Chino Valley is available at www.chinovalley.org or by calling 928-636-2493.