“Love of community, hard work and dedication to making Lake Stevens a great place to live,” describe each of the honorees at December’s luncheon held by The Greater Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce on Monday, December 12 at the Lake Stevens School District’s Educational Services Center.
Each year the Chamber collects nominations for Business of the Year and Chamber Member of the Year and this year’s honorees came with glowing recommendations.
Rehabber Extraordinaire owner Kim Daughtry was selected as Business Member of the Year.
Daughtry is not only a Lake Stevens City Councilperson but is also President-Elect of the Chamber, a member of American Legion Post 181 and sits on the Advisory Board for the Lake Stevens Family Center.
Daughtry was instrumental in bringing Oktoberfest to Lake Stevens and hopes to see it grow into a treasured, annual community event.
“Kim took on the responsibility of a new event for the Lake Stevens Chamber this year. His vision was to involve the community in a family friendly setting,” fellow Chamber member and business owner Juanita Williams said. “He did just that with this year's First Annual Oktoberfest.”
Daughtry not only implemented the Oktoberfest idea but spent countless hours constructing games for the event.
“Kim made all of the carnival games, which were enjoyed by Lake Stevens children all weekend,” Marci Miller, Chamber member said. “His ability to bring people together to help organize and promote a wonderful event exemplifies what it means to be a business owner and chamber member in Lake Stevens. Kim worked for months prior to the event and for the entire weekend at the event from before dawn until well after dark.”
The annual Chamber Member of the Year was awarded to husband and wife team Tony and Karen Morea who work together not only to support each other but for the good of the community.
Tony is an active member of American Legion Post 181 and has not only been the Commander of the post but is now serving on the District level.
Karen serves as President of the Women’s Auxiliary for the Post. They both are members of the Lake Stevens Kiwanis and Karen is also a member of the Relay for Life Lake Stevens committee for 2012.
The day before they were recognized by the Chamber, Karen and her team of volunteers threw a Christmas party for military families here in Lake Stevens.
Tony leads the committee for the Tree Lighting in downtown Lake Stevens and ensures that Santa shows up to see the kids.
“Tony and Karen both have supported the community in many ways. Karen and Tony both supported the Ironman event especially Karen working with all the volunteers,” City councilmember and Past-President of the Chamber Marcus Tageant said. “Tony and Karen also work with many veterans in the community to make sure they are getting the benefits that they deserve.”
Also honored at this year’s Chamber gala lunch were the annual Lake Stevens Hall of Fame inductees. The Hall of Fame was started three years to recognize long-time members of the Lake Stevens community and their life-long efforts to make our community a great place to live.
This year’s inductees were no exception, each of them bringing their talents and time to serve a community that they love.
Bert Cronin, Jan Larsen and George Wood were each inducted into the Hall of Fame and each received a plaque for extraordinary service.
Cronin was a builder in the community and was an integral part of building up the commercial property in the city. Some of his projects include the area which is now the home of The Everett Clinic as well as the strip mall on 91st Ave. NE where Luca’s and Foster Press reside. He also developed the Red Barn area.
Cronin also helped ensure that the gym at the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club was completed.
“Bert has prided himself in customer service, something that his clients and friends would tell anyone looking for a builder,” Chamber Marketing Director Melody Sedy said in her introduction. “Bert has always used local businesses as his suppliers and contractors knowing how the vitality of the city depends on it.”
He was involved with St. Mary Magdeline Church in Everett and worked on committees for the youth, getting them involved in sports. He coached Little League baseball as well as baseball at LSHS and Cavelero Mid High.
Jan Larsen may be best known as the owner of the tallest building in Lake Stevens, the New York Life building on 123rd Ave. NE, but Larsen’s accomplishments have helped contribute to the success of the city for decades.
“Jan began working for New York Life 25 years ago. At that time he was already active in the Lake Stevens Kiwanis and running their Beer Garden and was working through the chairs for Aquafest where he served two terms as President,” co-worker Doug Warren said. “Once Jan had left the beer business and was working in his community for New York Life he joined the Chamber, becoming very active, again working through the chairs and serving as President in 2005, and then roping me into serving on the board as he was coming off of it.”
Larsen has also served on the Lake Stevens Park Board, was a coordinator for the Kid’s Oasis playground at Mount Pilchuck Elementary, took on major fundraising efforts with Jim Mitchell for the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club, went through the chairs with the local NAIFA and was elected and served on the AAC for his company for New York Life for two years.
Larsen credits his wife Lorrie for keeping him focused on the importance of community service.
“Jan has been a mentor to many in this chamber and the community at large,” Warren said. George Wood was born in Ellensburg but soon made his way to Lake Stevens attending the White Palace, Mt. Pilchuck and the Pink Palace.
He worked for Kimberly Clark as a Financial Manager in accounting and as a corporate special projects manager; he retired from Kimberly Clark in January 1999.
As a young boy he folded the Lake Stevens News (now known as the Lake Stevens Journal) bright and early in the morning and became quite familiar with his community at an early age.
He currently serves as a Sewer Commissioner for the Lake Stevens Sewer District.
“He is one very busy man, who loves his community,” Tonya Christoffersen, Deputy Manager of Administration for the Lake Stevens Sewer District said. “George’s first love is his family with whom he enjoys travelling, fishing and camping. He is not only a wonderful family man, but a dear friend and respected by many who have been blessed to be a part of his life. Everyone should have a friend like George Wood in their life.”
Wood’s list of accomplishments is long. They include President of Sandy Beach Community Corp; Congregational Chairman of L.S. Covenant Church; President of L.S. Junior Athletics Association: coach for little league baseball, Pony league and soccer; President of L.S. junior high school PTA; member of the LSHS Vocational Education Board; President of Milltown Credit Unions Board of Directors; Chairman for the City of LS Planning Commission; President of L.S. Lions Club; Recognized as a Lion of the Year; President of Club’s Inc.; Current Commissioner and President of L.S. Sewer District board and Utility District Committee.
Wood also led the Wood Annexation, which later became the Lake City annexation.
Wood has been married for 49 years to his wife Marilyn. They have three children, six grandchildren and a great grandson.