Miller, Graham named man and woman of the year

Dorsey's Hallmark to be honored as business of the year on Jan. 17 Awards: Man and Woman

editor@sierrastarJanuary 7, 2014 

Dale Miller and Sue Graham have been named the Man and Woman of the Year and Dorsey's Hallmark as the Business of the Year for 2013 by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce.

Miller, Graham, and Dave and Linda Dorsey, owners of Dorsey's Hallmark, will be honored at the chamber's Installation Dinner and Awards Ceremony, 6 p.m., Friday, Jan 17, at Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp.

Miller is the current president of the Oakhurst Community Center Board of Directors, is a member of the Elk's Lodge and is past president of the Sunrise Rotary Club. It was Miller's idea for the inaugural Elk's Safety Awards held Oct. 26 that honored six Mountain Area first responders. Miller received such an award in 1967 when he served as Captain of the Ventura County Fire Department.

Miller entered the 2013 Oakhurst Honorary Mayor campaign, raising funds for the community center.

"It was because of that award in 1967 that I felt the first responders of the Mountain Area deserved similar recognition for their dedication and service to the community," Miller said.

Last year's Man of the Year, Oakhurst attorney James Watkins, will have the honor of presenting Miller with his award.

Graham, who owns and operates Oakhurst Gifts on Crane Valley Road (426), has been a member of the chamber ambassadors for many years, attending ribbon cuttings and giving support to new business owners. She is the current president of Soroptimist International of the Sierras.

Graham will be presented with her award by Karen White, of Miller & White Accounting.

Dorsey's Hallmark was recognized early last year by the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau with an Excellence in Customer Service in 2013.

At the time, Max Stauffer, bureau president said "The entire staff at Dorsey's Hallmark have continually demonstrated the highest commitment both to customer service and to the community. Their dedication leaves customers feeling welcome and satisfied, while their philanthropic efforts have been a tremendous benefit for numerous non-profit organizations in the region."

The store routinely receives the highest marks in customer service and is rated in the top 10% of Hallmark stores nationally.

Dorsey's will be introduced by Doug Dearing, past chamber president and former Yosemite Bank vice president.

Also being honored is Sherry Colgate, who will receive the chamber's Executive Director's Award from Darin J. Soukup.

The criteria for the chamber's Man and Woman of the Year selections include the person's length, volume, and quality of service to the community, service to the chamber, and must be a chamber member.

The criteria for the Business of the Year include participation on chamber activities, contributions to area events and organizations, efforts to enhance community image and improve the economy, is respected by the community, and be a chamber member.

Nominations for the awards came from chamber members and non-members.

The chamber's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced at the dinner.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is designed to recognize persons who have participated in the community for no less than 20 years and have provided extraordinary service to the community and the chamber. The award, which is not given every year, is reserved only for those few individuals who are deserving of the highest honor the chamber could bestow upon a person.

"This will be a special evening as we welcome the 2014 chamber board of directors and honor those who go above and beyond in our community," Soukup said. "The entire Mountain Area community is invited to join us as we celebrate and honor the 2013 award recipients, recognize the 2013 outgoing chamber board members and welcome the new incoming 2014 chamber board."

Cost of the dinner is $40 per person with the choice of roasted tri-tip, seared organic chicken breast, or eggplant Napoleon. Round trip shuttle service is available from the Oakhurst Community Center, departing at 5 p.m. and returning at 9:30 p.m. Cost of the shuttle is $15 per person. A special room rate of $115 (plus tax) is being offered by Tenaya for the evening.

Dinner and shuttle reservations can be made by calling the chamber, (559) 683-7766. Those interested in a room, should also call the chamber for the special room rate code.

"This will be a special evening as we welcome the 2014 chamber board of directors and honor those who go above and beyond in our community." — Darin Soukup

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