On Saturday, March 8 the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce held its annual Citizen of the Year Awards. The theme of the night was to celebrate the volunteers and businesses that are helping to support and grow Depoe Bay. The decorations abounded in the Side Door Café in Gleneden Beach with lots of plants, to earmark the theme of the Chamber this year which is to “grow the membership”. About 60 people attended.
There was plenty of excitement as family and friends gathered and anxiously awaited to celebrate those that contribute and make Depoe Bay the best place to live. We have so many wonderful volunteers and businesses and it is an honor every year to show our appreciation of their hard work and devotion.
Chief Pierias from the Depoe Bay Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay was asked to do a presentation on the “Hole in the Wall Gang”. The community embraces the Coast Guard and it showed by the reception he received. Chief Pierias did a wonderful presentation on the Coast Guard station and all that they do for the harbor, boat safety and keeping everyone safe and being at the ready to help those in need. Little did Chief Pierias know that the Chamber was presenting the Coast Guard station with the Friends of Depoe Bay award. The community volunteers often have had the “Coasties” come to their rescue when heavy tables are needed to be moved for different events, given that many of the volunteers are not able to do the heavy work involved in putting on the events. They also help to prepare for the Fleet of Flowers by cutting Cedar bows and helping in assembling the memorial wreaths. This year Chief Pierias helped to keep the annual Memorial Day event alive, when faced with budget cuts, he felt the safety of the fishing fleet was most important. This award is our way of letting them know how much they really do mean to this community.
Dee Anderson was honored as the Female Friend of Depoe Bay. Dee has been a part of Depoe Bay since moving here in the 60’s. She has been involved in improvements and restoration of the Depoe Bay Harbor. She has volunteered at many Salmon Bakes. She also helped the Salmon Enhancement Commission and volunteers with the fin clipping of the baby salmon. She walks in and has been the top fundraiser for Relay of Life, while fighting now her 5th bout with cancer.
Loren Goddard was honored as the Male Friend of Depoe Bay. Loren has had several professions over the years. Currently he owns his own Charter fishing vessel and is co-owner of a successful Charter fishing business in Depoe Bay. Loren serves on the Near Shore Action Team, is member of the Ocean Policy Advisory Committee which is fighting for the health and size of the fisheries off the Oregon coast. He is also is a member of the Harbor Commission helping to ensure improvements, maintenance, proper use and health of our harbor. Loren is a person that is always willing to step up and help in any way that is needed.
Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant of Depoe Bay was selected as the Business of the Year. The Galvan’s have owned the restaurant for 7 years. They have built a large local clientele and have many loyal returning visitors. They have donated food and given many gift certificates for supporting of community events. Lori works many of the various local Chamber events.
Lars Robison was honored as Man of the Year. Lars grew up in Depoe Bay and at 18 he earned his Charter license. His love of fishing and people inspired him to become co-owner and operator of his own charter business, which he has grown into a very successful business. Lars is well known for mentoring new young deckhands and charter captains. He is always eager to share his knowledge of the sea and fishing techniques. He served on the Harbor Commission for many years, as a board chair and his deep knowledge of the bay and community made him a much respected member and he strives to improve the harbor facilities. Lars also is a willing volunteer in numerous Chamber events and did serve on the Chamber Board of Directors. He has also been very instrumental in the annual Memorial Day Fleet of Flowers. His commitment is to make Depoe Bay a better place for all of us to live and enjoy and is truly a reflection of a man with a larger than life heart.
Dorinda Goddard was honored as Woman of the Year. Dorinda has been a very active member of the Depoe Bay community. Dorinda has had many careers through the years, but she will always be remembered for working very diligently with the Lincoln County Juvenile Department helping hundreds of kids through the years. Many of them still give their time and talents to Depoe Bay due to the values that she instilled in them and they will always be thought of as “Dorinda’s kids”. She retired to become co-owner of a successful Charter fishing business. She has chaired the Fleet of Flowers for several years and served on the Depoe Bay Planning Commission and ultimately she became a Depoe Bay Councilor. She recently was elected as President of the Chamber. Dorinda is the person that sees what needs to be done and just does it; she contributes to the community every day through her hard work and through the kids and adults that she has helped along the way.