VALLEY CHAMBER NAMES TREASURES

by Gair on October 22, 2013

THE MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS NAMED TWO PROMINENT FIGURES AND A POPULAR NON-PROFIT AS THIS YEAR’S “WHITE MOUNTAIN TREASURES.”

THIS YEAR’S DESIGNEES INCLUDE RETIRED U.S. AIR FORCE COL. DICK FICKE, GEORGE CLEVELAND – THE GRANDSON OF PRESIDENT GROVER CLEVELAND – AND THE MOUNTAIN GARDEN CLUB.

MARY SEAVEY – THE CHAMBER’S BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER – SAYS THE TREASURES AWARD PROGRAM WAS ESTABLISHED TO THANK AND HONOR INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO, BY THEIR DEMONSTRATED COMMITMENT AND EXAMPLE, EXEMPLIFY SUCCESS BY WHAT THEY DO FOR OTHERS, NOT WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISH FOR THEMSELVES.

FICKE – A MEMBER OF THE VALLEY COMMUNITY SINCE THE 1980s – IS PAST PRESIDENT OF THE KIWANIS CLUB OF MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY AND THE CURRENT DISTRICT LT. GOVERNOR. SINCE 2005 HE HAS CHAIRED THE SEASONAL KIWANIS PROJECT “ANGELS AND ELVES” THAT PROVIDES CHRISTMAS GIFTS EACH YEAR TO MORE THAN 500 NEEDY CHILDREN IN THE VALLEY.

FICKE ALSO SERVES AS THE CHAPTER CHAIR FOR SCORE, AND ACTS AS A COUNSELOR FOR THE NON-PROFIT THAT PROVIDES FREE BUSINESS COUNSELING AND ADVICE TO SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS.
ALSO SELECTED AS A TREASURE THIS YEAR IS GEORGE CLEVELAND, A FORMER RADIO BROADCASTER HERE AT WMWV. CLEVELAND IS A 3-TIME NEW HAMPSHIRE ASSOC. OF BROADCASTERS GOLDEN MIKE AWARD WINNER WHO BECAME KNOWN AS THE “VOICE OF THE VALLEY.”

CLEVELAND, A TALENTED ACTOR, AUCTIONEER AND SPEAKER, HAS BEEN EXEC. DIRECTOR OF THE GIBSON CENTER FOR SENIOR SERVICES IN NORTH CONWAY FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, AND HE WORKS TO PROVIDE MEALS, TRANSPORTATION – AND SOCIAL, RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS TO SENIORS IN THE VALLEY AREA. CLEVELAND ALSO SERVES ON VARIOUS BOARDS, INCLUDING THE TAMWORTH FOUNDATION AND THE FRIENDS OF RECOVERY.

THE NON-PROFIT NAMED A TREASURE THIS YEAR IS THE MOUNTAIN GARDEN CLUB, A GROUP DEDICATED TO PROMOTING HORTICULTURAL AND CIVIC EDUCATION, BEAUTIFICATION AND CONSERVATION THROUGH FRIENDSHIP AND VOLUNTEERISM. THE CLUB ACTIVELY ENGAGES IN CIVIC IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS. FOR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS, IT HAS PLANTED TREES FOR NEAR THE HOMES OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOMEOWNERS.

THE TREASURES WILL BE OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED OCT. 30, 2013 AT THE CHAMBER’S ANNUAL MEETING AND DINNER AT THE NORTH CONWAY GRAND HOTEL. THE STATIONS OF THE MOUNT WASHINGTON RADIO GROUP ARE PLATINUM PRESENTING SPONSORS OF THE EVENT.

THE ANNUAL MEETING IS FREE BUT THE DINNER COSTS $45. THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR THE SOCIAL HOUR AND DINNER IS OCT. 23, 2013.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE CHAMBER AT (603) 356-5701.

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