MAC junior rowers excel; farmers market moves, grand opening planned
BY GEOFF MALEMAN
In an evening sure to be filled with glitz, glamour and an Asian flair, members and guests at the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce annual Installation Dinner will salute outgoing president Steve Donell and welcome the new chairman of the board, John Theuer, who is chief financial officer of Panda Restaurant Group.
The event, themed “A Year of Good Fortune,” will celebrate the beginning of Theuer’s term. He will guide the organization through June 30th of next year and his first duty as chairman of the board will be riding in the Chamber’s annual Fourth of July Parade.
The installation will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, June 15th, at the Marina del Rey Marriott Hotel, and Donell will present awards to chamber members who have made significant contributions during the 2006-2007 Chamber year.
Honorees who will be recognized include:
Outstanding Committee, Government Affairs, Tom Flintoft;
Outstanding Merchant, John Theuer, Panda Restaurant Group Inc.;
Outstanding Event ñ City of Angels Awards, Sibyl Buchanan;
Outstanding Service Award, Mike Mitchell, Innovative Realtors;
Outstanding Member, Howard Pollack, Rainbow Acres Natural Foods;
Public Service Award, Steve Napolitano, field deputy, Supervisor Don Knabe’s Office;
Rising Star Award, Mary Taylor, Got Promos? LLC;
Outstanding Program, Chamber Ambassadors, Christina Neiwirth;
Helmsman Leadership Award, Geoff Maleman, Maleman Ink;
Jim Bunch Spirit Award, Diane Barretti, Sievers/Burnett Press;
Hugo A. Francis Volunteer of the Year, Gail Gaddi, Los Angeles World Airports;
Pierre Basbous Honorary Mayors Award, John Ruhlen; and
President’s Award, Christina Davis, LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce.
The installing officer at this year’s event will be Los Angeles Kings commentator Darryl Evans.
He will install the following individuals, who have been elected by the membership to serve three-year terms on the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors:
Chairman of the board, John Theuer, Panda Restaurant Group; chairman of the board-elect, Jim Ferro, Peckar & Abramson, P.C.; immediate past chairman of the board, Steve Donell, Jalmar Properties, Inc.; secretary, Cozette Vergari, Vergari & Associates; treasurer, David Voss, Voss, Silverman & Braybrooke, LLP;
Vice chairman governmental advocacy, Tom Flintoft, GCC Rose & Kindel; vice chairman membership, Sibyl Buchanan, Playa Vista; vice chairman special events – Gwen Vuchsas, Seco Investigative & Security Services; and vice chairman at-large, Mike Mitchell, Innovative Realtors.
Other incoming board members include Mike Arias, Arias Ozzello & Gignac, LLP; Diane Barretti, Sievers/Burnett Press; Dan Cohen, The Kitchen Store; Mia Falkenstein, Hornblower Cruises and Events; Gail Gaddi, Los Angeles World Airports; John Gordon, Otis College of Art and Design;
Clarence Griffin, Loyola Marymount University; Robb Hupp, Roth Hupp Growth Partners, Inc.; Terry Issac, Decron Properties; Seymour Kahn; Cody Koopmann, H.B. Drollinger Company; Pat Lyon, Westchester Watch Works; Geoff Maleman, Maleman Ink Public Relations; Mike Mitchell, Innovative Realtors; Christina Neiwirth, Arbonne International;
Tony Palermo, Tony P’s Dockside Grill; Larry Plotkin, LMP Consulting Group, Inc.; Howard Pollack, Rainbow Acres Natural Foods; Dr. Yariv Rothman, Vitality Health Center; Christine Rundle. Patrick Rundle Electrical; Wayne Slappy, First Federal Bank; Kathi Woodley, Southwest Airlines Co.; and Patricia Younis, The Bridge Group.
At the installation, Theuer will formally announce longtime Westchester resident Larry Plotkin as the community’s honorary mayor. Theuer said he chose Plotkin for his longtime involvement and dedication to the community.
Plotkin is the immediate past president of the Playa Sunrise Rotary Club, a longtime Rotarian and graduate of Westchester High School.
He is also an active supporter of the Westchester Family YMCA, the Airport Marina Counseling Center and the Computer Access Center.
He shares this honor with his father, Morris Plotkin, who was the chamber’s honorary mayor in 1994-1995. They are the only father-and-son to be named honorary mayor since the practice began more than 50 years ago.
The installation dinner will also include the announcement of the honorees for the Fritz B. Burns Outstanding Leadership and Community Service Award. Seymour and Monica Kahn.
JUNIOR ROWERS EXCEL IN CHAMPIONSHIPS — Marina Aquatic Center Junior Rowing completed the most successful season in its 12-year history with a record performance at the USRowing Southwest Regional Junior Championships in Sacramento.
Known in the rowing world simply as “MAC,” the club made ten event finals, medaled in seven and brought home three event championships — both the men’s and women’s varsity singles and the men’s lightweight four.
In doing so, they finished a team-record seventh in the 30-member league and qualified five crews for the junior national championships in Cincinnati.
Making good on the promise they showed in winning the SoCal League regular season championship, the men’s squad brought home gold medals in the varsity single and lightweight four, silver in the lightweight double sculls and a bronze in the lightweight eight.
Stroked by senior Carl Nunziato, the lightweight four dominated the field and finished a staggering 13 seconds ahead of the silver medal boat.
The women’s team turned in a strong performance as well, led by Caroline Sederowsky’s thrilling come-from-behind victory in the single. Hanging just behind the leading two scullers with 500 meters to go in the 2,000-meter race, Sederowsky chased down her competition and nudged her bow into the lead to win the gold by just over a second.
This race came just a couple hours after Sederowsky and teammates Samantha Richens, Megan Berry and stroke Danielle Detloff captured a silver medal in the varsity quadruple sculls.
Rounding out the medal haul for the women’s team was the surprise bronze medal won by MAC’s unheralded Junior Varsity four with cox’n.
Next up, MAC will bring 18 athletes to Cincinnati to race with the title of national champion on the line.
FARMERS MARKET MOVE — The Westchester Certified Farmers Market moved to its new location Wednesday, June 6th, and will continue to operate from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Westchester Park (near the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and La Tijera Boulevard, across from Otis College).
Westchester Vitalization Corporation, which has operated the Farmers Market for 14 years, has also announced that it plans a grand opening for a second Certified Farmers Market at The Promenade at Howard Hughes on Saturday, July 21st.
The market, which will be located on Center Drive, will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekly on Saturdays.