Our Laguna: Community shares accomplishments, goals

January 26, 2012|By Barbara Diamond
  • Outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Chris Keller, who will be honored Friday at the chamber’s Installation Dinner.
Outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Chris Keller,…

Business, community and civic leaders shared their accomplishments of 2011 and objectives for 2012 at the annual Leadership Luncheon, hosted Tuesday by the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce at Hotel Laguna.

"This tradition was started in 1988 by Bobbi Cox," said City Councilman Kelly Boyd, who served as master of ceremonies for the luncheon.

Mayor Jane Egly led the pledge of allegiance to a flag that almost didn't make it in time to the hotel's California Room.

Chamber board member and chairman of the Government Affairs Council Gregg Abel gave the invocation.

"You can bow your heads or raise your glasses," said Abel. "It is called the Blessitini:

"Choose us as your vessels so to mix.

Sugar the rim with the sweetness of love,

Thankfully add equal parts of friendship and respect.

Squeeze a bit of bitterness to remind us that life is not always fair.

Shake up this creation made since birth.


Savor and drink to the blessing of this life,

Remembering we do not own the future,

But can only embrace this day.

Thank you for all you do for our fair city."

Boyd said he was going to have the invocation printed and posted in the Marine Room.

Each speaker was given one minute — monitored by chamber Ambassador Rosanne Nilli, who sounded a gong when time was up.

Mayor Pro Tem Verna Rollinger was the luncheon's first speaker, and Boyd thought he knew what her goal was — she is a candidate for City Council.

Instead, she said she wants everyone to faint when the council implements the Village Entrance this year.

Among the 2012 goals shared:

Ed Hanke's goal is to put on a great Patriots Day Parade on March 3. More immediately, he would like to see a lot of folks at the Parade Honorees Brunch on Sunday at Tivoli Terrace.

"Ditto," Georgina Harper said.

Sam Goldstein aims to keep the Tommy Bahama building (historically the Heisler building) beautiful and to bring lots of music to town through his association with Laguna Beach Live!

Amanda Walker and Christine Enns said their goal is to be more involved in the community. They got a good start by bringing Casey's Cupcakes to the luncheon.

Diana Cimino, a Girl Scouts of Orange County board member, wants to sell all 36,000 boxes of cookies being delivered this week to Laguna.

Connie Burlin said the Exchange Club's goal is to continue to raise money for local groups and the facility for abused children.

Hotel Laguna owner Georgia Andersen announced the new year will bring Stage 2 of the renovation of the hotel.

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