The Forks Chamber of Commerce 18th Annual Wine & Cheese “Hoh Down” was held at the 110 Business Park Roundhouse (formerly the Rosmond Mill and then Loth Lumber) on November 10th. The evening was brisk but heaters and wine kept most happy. Music by Loose Gravel, folks in western hats, boots and jeans, great auction items and yummy wine and snacks were a fun mix. Historic pictures of Forks were a major topic of conversation, with a community coming together to reminisce about the past, share stories and memories. Along with naming the 2013 Board of Directors and recognizing Chamber volunteers, the Clallam County Fire Districts #1 and #6 were honored for their bravery and dedication to keeping the Forks community safe.
JT’s Sweet Stuffs was named Business of the Year for their community-minded activities like the Twinkle Light Holiday Parade. Cindy Mesenbrink was named Volunteer of the Year for her tireless commitment to Relay For Life, as Chairperson for 2012 and 2013. She is also involved in the Soroptimist Club, quilt club, helping at school and church. Cindy never refuses to help. And finally, Citizen of the Year was given to Michael Gurling. He wears many hats, including retired Park Ranger, former Forks Visitor Information Center Manager (and now Chamber volunteer), Rainforest Arts Center building manager (past and future) and Rainforest Player. Mike’s love of Forks and the surrounding area has been evident with his career choices and hobbies.
Forks Chamber of Commerce is very proud to have volunteers Marcia Yanish, Willard Morgan, Izaiah Calloway and Log Tour Drivers Jack Zaccardo, Randy Mesenbrink, Joe Seymour and Mike Wendell. The 2013 Board of Directors are Bill Peach, President; Susan Brager, Vice-President; Pura Carlson, Treasurer; Pam Hunter, Secretary; Debbie Scannell, Past President and At-Large Members Don Grafstrom, Bruce Paul, Ellen Matheny and Walter Kochansky. Representatives from the City and Quileute Tribe will be named at a later date. We could not operate successfully if it weren’t for our volunteers.
The evening was a success, not only because of the great attendance or the silent auction (a huge thank you to all the businesses and people that donated goods and services) but because we came together as a community and showed appreciation for what makes this a great place – the people who live here.