The Yosemite Chamber of Commerce installed a new slate of directors and officers Oct. 28 at its annual dinner and meeting.
The 2011 officers, installed by Tuolumne County District 4 Supervisor John Gray, are: James Nagle, president; Rick Whybra, vice president; Lynn Upthagrove, secretary; and Cathy Leetham, treasurer. Directors-at-Large are: Pam Oler, Jerry Baker, Paul Pieretti, Colton Kline and Christina Wilkinson.
Keynote speaker Don Neubacher, Superintendent of Yosemite National Park, spoke to the chamber membership on events taking place in the park.
Special presentations were made to honor Jackie Sample, who retired from the chamber after six and a half years as the chamber's administrative assistant; Steve and Cindy Watts, general managers of the 2010 49er Festival and Chili Cook-off; Kay Glaves, the “Queen of Groveland,” for her dedication of 25 years decorating Groveland and points beyond for the 49er Festivals, Town and Highway 120 Christmas decoration, the annual Daffodils for Cancer and many other projects.
Retiring Chamber Director Larry Fuller received the Lucky Yosemite Chamber of Commerce Golden Ticket.
Other special guests in attendance included National Park Branch Chief of Public Involvement and Outreach Donna Sisson; Yosemite Fire Education and Information Manager Gary Wuchner; Tuolumne County Director of Economic Development Larry Cope; Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nanci Sikes; National Park Service Legislative Specialist for the U.S. Senate Michael Gauthier; Tuolumne County Board of Realtors President-Elect Robin Rowland; and Executive Officer of the Association Ann Ritchie.
Gauthier was also installed as an honorary member of the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce.
The Honorary Mayor and Deputy Mayors were honored and presented their sponsors' checks from the chamber. The chamber presented $281 to Connections Film Academy, sponsor of Deputy Mayor “Bethany the Kid,” $407 to 49er Little League, sponsor of Deputy Mayor “Pistol Packin’ Peggie,” $1,165 to Groveland Dog Park, sponsor of Deputy Mayor “Goose the Dog” and $1,211 to Soroptimists International of Groveland, the sponsor of the 2011 Honorary Mayor, “Naughty Nadele.” A total of $3,064 was awarded to the community sponsors.
A total of 108 members and guests attended the event.