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Community awards given at Wine & Cheese event
Forks Chamber of Commerce report by Lissy Andros
The Forks Chamber of Commerce has held its 18th Annual Wine & Cheese event, with a theme this year of “Hoh Down.” The popular annual celebration was held at the 110 Business Park Roundhouse on Saturday, Nov. 10. The evening was brisk but heaters and wine kept most happy. Music was provided by the local blue grass band Loose Gravel, folks in western hats, boots and jeans, great auction items and yummy wine and snacks were a fun mix. Historic pictures of Forks were a major topic of conversation, with a community coming together to reminisce about the past, share stories and memories. Along with naming the 2013 Board of Directors and recognizing Chamber volunteers, the Clallam County Fire Districts, #1 and #6 were honored for their bravery and dedication to keeping the Forks community safe.
JT’s Sweet Stuffs was named Business of the Year for their community-minded activities like the Twinkle Light Holiday Parade. Cindy Mesenbrink was named Volunteer of the Year for her tireless commitment to Relay For Life, as Chairperson for 2012 and 2013. She is also involved in the Soroptimist Club, quilt club, helping at school and church. Cindy never refuses to help. And finally, Citizen of the Year was given to Michael Gurling. Mike wears many hats, including retired Park Ranger, former Forks Visitor Information Center Manager (and now Chamber volunteer), Rainforest Arts Center building manager (past and future) and Rainforest Player. Mike’s love of Forks and the surrounding area has been evident with his career choices and hobbies.
The evening was a success, not only because of the great attendance or the silent auction (a huge thank you to all the businesses and people that donated goods and services) but because we came together as a community and showed appreciation for what makes this a great place - the people who live here.