The North Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted an awards ceremony at community hall on Saturday, April 13, to honor and recognize its outstanding citizens. The event was sponsored by Midstate Electric and CenturyLink.
This is the fourth annual award banquet put on by the chamber, and the second in which the theme was Night of Lights and the color blue. Tickets were sold in advance but could also be paid for at the door.
Dinner for the night was the guest’s choice of chicken or tri-tip, which was book-ended by a salad appetizer and berry crumb dessert. It was catered by Christmas Valley Market, also known as Ed’s Fast Break, and was served by local high school volunteers. The event kicked off with a 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. social hour, with the mood being set by Sandra Klingbeil, who was playing piano and belting out only the classiest of classics. During that time guests could buy their tickets to participate in the raffle, which yielded an assortment of prizes.
After social hour concluded, master of ceremonies for the night Roger Widenoja proceeded with the night’s events, but quickly turned the microphone over to the night’s keynote speaker, Pat Widenoja, whose focus was on the need for improvement in the health clinic and structure of the system. She aimed to stress the importance of health and ensure that not just Oregonians, but Americans as a whole prioritize healthcare.
Keynote speaker Widenoja explained, “The Health Clinic is the only thing that’s blessed by all the churches and that all of you support,” in reference to North Lake.
President Chair Ronne Lindsay helped serve drinks, and also informed those in attendance of the ceremony’s growth since it first started. The chamber has changed the way it has garnered participation. After the first year it started, the chamber received 0 votes from the community. This past year, it received 318 responses.