When folks in San Jacinto get serious they sometimes turn the event into a jamboree and that’s exactly what they did this past week when their Chamber of Commerce elected their new president for the coming year along with returning officers.
At a dinner with accommodations provided by Golden Era Golf Course on Friday June 7th Veronica Hawkes was sworn in as the Chamber’s president and presiding officer for the coming year during an almost three hour shindig that had all the essence of a down home square dance with neighbors and relatives from around the county joining in the festivities.
The dinner, catered by Cafe D. J., became almost as important as the occasion. Usually at these events one might be subjected to rubbery chicken and shoe leather steaks. Not at this event. I’ve covered a lot of installation dinners in my career but when I say steaks that were so tender you could cut them with a fork, and as mellow as melted butter – believe me. I don’t know where they got their recipe but I’m sure half the room wanted it.
Leonard Gleason the opening Master of Ceremonies made what seemed like a houseful of introductions and acknowledgments, making sure that anyone who contributed in any way to the Chamber of Commerce was recognized. Pastor and former Mayor of San Jacinto Scott Miller gave a heart-warming invocation followed by an Honor Guard comprised of Cub Scout Troop 53 from the Hemet American Legion Post. Linda Greilich broke all scale barriers with a rendition of the National Anthem that will take some time to be duplicated.
The room joined Liam Hawkes in the Pledge of Allegiance and so it went.
San Jacinto Councilwoman (she prefers woman to person) Crystal Ruiz presented the Jan Young Community Service Award to former San Jacinto Mayor Scott Miller whose acceptance words brought the room to its feet with a loud round of whistles and cheers.
Miller accepted with words of humility and promises for a brighter future and economic growth in the coming year with thanks to all members of a community “ more like family than merely citizens.”
The business award went to CR&R, followed by awards and certificates of appreciation to retiring board members.
Following Mayor Russ Utz’ swearing in of the new officers came a dessert of delicious cakes, a seemingly appropriate ending to a delightful evening.
As stated above, San Jacinto doesn’t have an event – they create an experience. You should have been there.