BOARDMAN - With a theme of Moonlit Memories, the Boardman Chamber of Commerce honored its outstanding citizens at a Valentine's Day banquet and auction at the Riverfront Center.

Laughter, applause and awarding of door prizes mixed with the evening's special recognitions and festivities.

Jim Hollandsworth made repeated trips to the microphone, first to recognize the city's elected officials and leaders, then to accept the Citizen of the Year Award and finally to accept the Business of the Year award.

Hollandsworth and his wife, Margie, operate the Desert Springs Estates Mobile Home Park on Paul Smith Road in Boardman.

"They made Boardman their home five years ago and have been active in Kiwanis, the Lutheran Church, the Chamber of Commerce and on the City Council," said Karen Pettigrew, the 2001 Citizen of the Year. "He has been chairman for the awards banquet for four years."

Phyllis Gilbertson received a certificate for being the other nominee for Citizen of 2002.

Other businesses nominated for the 2002 award were Pam Phipps of Pam's Posies, Pam Neal of Columbia River Title, Mark Bell of PGE/Coyote Springs and Jessica Hernandez of La Serenata.

Katie Dawson received the Educator of the Year Award. She began teaching kindergarten in Boardman one year before Sam Boardman Elementary School was built. She has supported the children and their families and served on many committees benefiting the schools with her never-ending energy and constant smile.

Other nominees for Educator of the Year were Jennifer Wade and Mike Wetherell.

Four nominees, Alice Tatone, Shirley Donovan, Ernabelle Mittelsdort and Mary Lou Daltoso, vied for the Pioneer Award. LaVern Partlow, last year's winner, said that to qualify for the award, the person had to have lived in Boardman for 40 years.

Mary Lou Daltoso taught second grade, then stopped teaching to raise six children, decorate cakes, substitute teach, work on projects to bring theater to children and continue with many community activities. Daltoso was unable to be at the banquet.

Billie Jean Morris, executive director of the Boardman Chamber of Commerce, introduced the 14 premium donors for 2002: Bank of Eastern Oregon; Banner Bank; Barenbrug USA; Boardman Pharmacy & Hardware; CenturyTel, Inc.; city of Boardman; Port of Morrow; Portland General Electric; Prancing Horse, LLC; Judy Scott; Snyder, Seydel, Lewis, Poe & Moeller, LLC; Threemile Canyon farms; Tidewater Terminal Co. and Umatilla Electric.

Michelle Erickson, table decorations coordinator, recognized the 25 table-sponsors and announced the best-decorated table by The Simmons Financial Group. Portland General Electric, Coyote Springs received honorable mention for their table. The winning table sponsor each year is invited to decorate a table for the next year's banquet without having to pay the sponsor fee.

The dinner tickets, table sponsor fees and live auction brought in well over $5,000 for chamber activities in the coming year. Receipts from silent auction items had not been tallied at press time.

Contact Sandy Holtz, Pendleton Community News editor, at 1-800-522-0255, ext. 1-225 after hours, or e-mail: sholtz@eastoregonian.com.

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