John Degenfelder, Kim Lasley, Jill Bacorn are finalists for 2012 Citizen of the Year award

W.T. Kirkman Company, Pamo Valley Winery, and

Ramona Rebels Elite Cheer are business finalists

Ramona Chamber of Commerce has selected three individuals, three businesses, and three organizations as 2012 Annual Awards Finalists for, respectively, Ramona Citizen of the Year, Ramona Business of the Year, and Ramona Non-Profit Organization of the Year.

For approximately 50 years, Ramona has recognized individuals and business owners who have continually dedicated their time and resources in making Ramona a better place to work and live, reports the chamber. This year’s finalists were chosen on their volunteerism, impact of services, contributions made to Ramona as a whole along with the selfless giving of time and effort.

John Degenfelder, Kim Lasley and Jill Bacorn are finalists for Citizen of the Year based on their individual contributions to the community, volunteerism, and leadership.

Ramona Rebels Elite Cheer, W.T. Kirkman Company, and Pamo Valley Winery are the business finalists.

“Each business deserves to be recognized for their abundant community support, countless contributions and overall dedication to enriching Ramona,” chamber director Sally Westbrook said on behalf of the Ramona Chamber of Commerce.

Ramona Rotary, Ramona Garden Club, and Ramona Trails Association are finalists under the nonprofit organization category.

“During the challenges of the economy, these agencies have continued to bring a tremendous amount of value to our town,” said Westbrook. “Their tireless efforts have made things happen that might not otherwise be possible. “

Selection of a few from the many nominations was challenging and the chamber recognizes the caliber and impressive number of contributions within the community of Ramona, said Westbrook.

“The finalists are to be congratulated and recognized for going over and above community expectations,” she said.

Nominations for the awards came from the entire community and were not limited to chamber members nor were the nominees limited to chamber members. Nominations were accepted from Sept. 1 through Nov. 15.

“Participation in the nominating of all the candidates is very much appreciated,” said Westbrook.

Award recipients for Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Non-Profit Organization of the Year as well as a Special Lifetime Achievement award will be announced at the Annual Ramona Chamber Installation Dinner on Jan. 13, 2013, in San Vicente Inn. To learn more about the chamber or the installation dinner, visit ramonachamber.com or call the chamber at 760-789-1311.

   
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