Chamber announces new board members; Agrium gives $15,000 to Challenger center

Posted: Friday, November 23, 2001

Wednesday's Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon was the last one at the Old Town Village Restaurant for the year, as it is closing down for the winter.

"I want everyone to join me in thanking Sandra Vozar and her staff for letting us eat here at Old Town Village," said Robert Peterkin, chamber president, before presenting Vozar with a bouquet of flowers.

Lunches for the rest of the calendar year will be held down the road at the Paradisos Restaurant banquet room, beginning on Wednesday at noon.

The speakers next week will be members of the Central Peninsula General Hospital board of directors.

Also at the Wednesday meeting, Peterkin announced the newest members of the chamber board of directors. They are Scott Cunningham, owner, with his wife, Dena, of McDonald's Restaurants; Bob Favretto, a past president of the board and owner of Kenai Chrysler Center; Gayle Dawkins of First National Bank of Anchorage; and Matt Streiff of Edward Jones.

Favretto, Dawkins and Streiff were all sitting members appointed in the last year.

Leaving the board are Fred Braun, who could not run again because of term limits, Linda Chivers and Mike Morse.

Officer will be decided before the end of the year.

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska received a check in the amount of $15,000 from Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations during the lunch. Ruthann Barnica, the administrative assistant for maintenance, presented the check to Challenger Director Steve Horn and to board president and Kenai Mayor John Williams.

The money is earmarked for a new permanent sign for the facility along the Kenai Spur Highway.

Horn later said the design for the facility will be considered this winter and be built next year.

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