Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2002

Homer Winter Carnival seeks events, activities

Homer invites residents to lend their ideas to planning the 2002 Winter Carnival Parade. The parade is scheduled for noon on Feb. 9. It will begin at Homer High School and proceed down Pioneer Avenue. This year's theme for the parade is "The Homer Trilogy." Pick up parade entry forms at the Chamber of Commerce. There is no deadline to register for the parade.

The Winter Carnival is scheduled for Feb. 8 through 10. Events and activities are being solicited for the official Winter Carnival Events Calendar. Businesses or organizations interested in listing their event or activity should fax the Chamber of Commerce at 235-8766 or call 235-7740 with a brief description and contact information. The deadline to be published on the calendar is Jan. 28.

New officers elected to Homer chamber

Mike Dye, vice president of First National Bank Alaska, has been re-elected to the position of president of the board for the Homer Chamber of Commerce. Julie Woodworth, vice president of Wells Fargo Bank Alaska was elected vice president, and Mary Ann Rowe of First American Title was re-elected as treasurer. Newly elected board members this year are Debra Leisek of Bay Realty and Keven Fraley of Print Works.

The new officers were elected at the Jan. 8 board meeting and will be introduced to the membership at the annual meeting at noon Tuesday at the Best Western Bidarka Inn.

The agenda for the meeting will include:

review of 2001;

introduction of the new board of directors and 2002 officers;

vote on proposed by-laws changes;

reports from committees;

review of the 2002 operating budget.

The bylaw amendments, as proposed by the policy committee and approved by the board of directors, include changes which, if adopted, would change the term of a board seat from two to three years.

The luncheon meeting is open to the public. However, only current chamber members may vote on the business items. Standard membership in the chamber is $125 per year and is open to any business in the greater Homer area.

Lunch is available for purchase for $10 per person. For more information on the annual meeting or on joining the Chamber of Commerce, contact the chamber office at 235-7740.

Annual Air Conference and Trade Show planned

The Alaska Air Carriers Association is planning its 36th annual Conference and Trade Show, to be held at the Hotel Captain Cook Feb. 27 through March 2. "Serving Up Safety" is the theme for this four-day program. AACA will co-sponsor the annual Alliance for Safety with the Federal Aviation Administration Alaska Region and the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Highlights of the conference will include the U.S. Postal Service semiannual air carrier meeting, a huge selection of aviation breakout sessions, quality assurance, human factors training, purchasing decisions, commitment to safety, employee practice liability, legislative issues, one-on-one professional consultations, the annual AACA membership meeting and elections, and more than 35 industry booths at the trade show representing airframe manufacturers, suppliers, financing and insurance representatives.

For more information, call 907-277-0071.

Ballot released for 2001 Homer chamber awards

The Homer Chamber of Commerce announces open voting for its annual community awards of Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year.

Nominees for 2001 Outstanding Citizen of the Year are: Dr. Bill Bell, Susan Cushing, Shari Daugherty and Kate Mitchell.

Nominees for 2001 Outstanding Business of the Year are: Coastal Realty, First National Bank Alaska and Ulmer's Drug and Hardware.

Nominees for 2001 Outstanding Business Person of the Year are: Jon Faulkner, Ken Quinn and Bruce Turkington.

The Citizen of the Year award is presented to an individual for their continuing service to the community, who has donated countless hours for public service to a wide variety of organizations and causes which benefit the entire community. The Business of the Year Award is presented to a business which has supported community activities and organizations above and beyond what would normally be expected from a local business and provides a worthy product or service to their customers and employees.

The Business Person of the Year award is new this year, and is in direct response to the significant number of nominations of individuals who utilize their role in the workplace to make Homer a better place to live and do business.

Ballots can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce, City Hall, Eagle Quality, Spenard Builders Supply, Ulmer's Drug and Hardware, Wells Fargo and First National Bank Alaska and can be printed online from Ballots have descriptions of the nominee's achievements for the year. Voting is open to the public, with only one vote per person allowed. Votes must have a signature to be valid and will be kept confidential.

All votes must be cast by 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Winners will be announced at the Chamber Mixer at the Homer Council on the Arts on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. The mixer is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Homer Council on the Arts and the Homer Chamber of Commerce.

--Clarion staff reports

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