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Chamber of Commerce History

     The actual date of formation of the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce is unclear; however, there is reason to believe the Chamber existed as early as 1915. Fallbrook earned its title of “The Friendly Village” early in 1922, when then-president R.H. Blacklidge sponsored a Frost Free Lemon Celebration Day. One of the chief attractions of this day was the offering of unlimited quantities of lemonade to travelers passing through town when Main Avenue (as we know it today) was Highway 395.
     The Chamber was incorporated in 1949, when Carroll Husher served as president. Its first official office was opened in 1958, at 303 S. Main Avenue. Prior to that, the Chamber office was located wherever its president was. In 1967, the Chamber office moved to 300 N. Main Street. Several years later, the office was moved to 233 E. Mission and then, in 2012, to its current location at 111 S. Main Street (Avenue now).
     Over the years, the Chamber of Commerce has been active in the promotion and development of water resources, and has been responsible for much of the improvement of streets and street lighting in Fallbrook. Committees of the Chamber have been instrumental in establishing the local fire department, the air park, improvement programs for business buildings and a long range planning program for the general community. It contributes to the economic growth of the “village” and also serves as a quasi-governmental agency for its residents. The Board of Directors is a voluntary organization of business men and women devoted to encouraging commerce and supporting industry, as well as promoting common interests and reflecting business opinion as it relates to matters of the community, state, region and nation.
     The Chamber has actively worked for the continued progress and betterment of this community, from the day it was formed to the present. It has a consistent record of fighting for more and better road improvements and street lighting, and can take credit for most of the progress made along these lines. It has also supported countless beautification programs to help restore the natural beauty of the area.
     Unlike most other Chambers, the Fallbrook Chamber serves as a quasi-governmental agency serving not only the needs of the community, but the needs of its residents as well. If it cannot be of direct assistance, it seeks to put the individual in touch with someone who can help. It greets newcomers, answers questions and promotes the image of the “Friendly Village.”
     The Chamber maintains a rigorous focus on its mission “To support business and build a better community.” Alongside this is are the residual, yet necessary, components of its function such as:  complaint department, city hall, town council, information center, traveler’s aid station, business referral house, central meeting place, county liaison, directory service, ticket office and drop center for a variety of things like books, computers and even cookies!
     Currently, the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce is working collaboratively with many groups and businesses in town to continue its efforts to build business, tourism, awareness of resources and community outreach. The Chamber is here to assist our Fallbrook residents and business owners in any way we can. Our doors are open so please take a moment to visit our office and learn about what we have to offer. The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce welcomes you!

Past Honorary Mayors

1973 - Johnnie Collins  •  1974 - Stella Young  •  1975 - Ray McElhay
1977 - Jim Johnson  •  1978, 1979 - Dave Dowler  •  1980 - Bob Aaberg
1981 - Marion Sherman  •  1982 - Glad Hiscock  •  1983 - Angie Ardizzone
1984 - Bill Coburn  •  1985 - Dianna Hallock  •  1986 - Ron Swehla
1987 - Pearl Marsh  •  1988 - Patti Seim  •  1989 - Rus Hillier
1990 - Casey Antolini  •  1991 - Beverly Jackson  •  1992 - Chris Hasvold
1993 - Janet Stewart  •  1994 - Kelly O'Donnell  •  1995 - Roy Johnson
1996 - Rich Warner  •  1997, 1998 - Eileen Delaney  •  1999 - Delos Eyer
2000 - Rufus Bowers  •  2001 - Sirina Waddell
2002,  2003 - Muhammad Rahman  •  2004 - Ruthie Harris
2005 - Muhammad Rahman  •  2006 - Rhonda Reinke
2007 - John Harris  •  2008 - Rebecca Waranch  •  2009 - Gail Martin
2010 - Muhammad Rahman  •  2011 - Lila MacDonald  •  2012 - Leo Romero
2013 - Martin Quiroz  •  2014 - Jerry Burke, Jr.  •  2015 - Sandy Hull
2016 - Tami Donnelly

Past Chamber Presidents

1945/1946/1947 - Bill Heald  •  1948 - Mark Gallagher  •  1949 - Carroll Huscher
1950 - Ellis Grover  •  1951 - Ottis Kettering  •  1952 - Jim Wayman
1953 - Vivienne Hecock  •  1954 - Clark Smith  •  1955 - Jack Tanner
1956 - Floyd Hassler  •  1957/1958 - Curtis Price  •  1959 - Jack Austin
1960/1961 - Bill Karn  •  1962 - Bill Borden  •  1963 - Sherman Loudermilk
1964 - Duke Snider  •  1965/1966 - Harry Davis  •  1967/1968 - Cloys Frandell
1968 - Howard Hopkins  •  1969 - John Caminiti  •  1970 - Roy M. Noon
1971 - Otis P. Heald, Jr.  •  1972 - Robert L. Cook  •  1973 - Earl Schweikert
1974 - Herbert Gaetjens  •  1975 - Maure Solt  •  1976 - Gene Norman
1977 - Ted Young  •  1978 - George Geib  •  1979 - Anita Macha
1980 - Gene Kohl  •  1981 - Carolyn Stillman  •  1982 - Jack McClain
1983/1984 - Dr. Roy Hiscock •  1985 - John Paget  •  1986 - Dennis Casteel
1987 - Ernest J. Summers  •  1988 - Dianna Hallock  •  1989 - Paul Herron
1990 - Steve Wacknitz  •  1991 - Jean Fight  •  1992 - Roy Johnson
1993 - Charley Wolk  •  1994 - Nick Hoskot  •  1995 - John Crouch
1996 - George Archibald  •  1997 - George McManigle  •  1998 - Sarah Bates
1999 - Ralph Steinhoff  •  2000 - Wil Gower  •  2001 - Phil Delaney
2002 - Rick Windbigler  •  2003 - Don McDougal  •  2004 - Wes Peet
2005 - Stein Neiman  •  2006 - Budd Sutliff  •  2007 - Phil Delaney
2008 - Frank Hopkins  •  2009 - Bryan Perrin  •  2010/2011 - George Archibald
2012 - Gary Shimer  •  2013 - Jason Springston  •  2014/2015 - Jon Frandell
2015/2016 - Jeniene Domercq  •  2016/2017 - Martin Quiroz

Past Citizens of the Year

1979 - Victor Hansen  •  1980 - Frank Harriman  •  1981 - Shirley Blanton
1982 - Mary Bell  •  1983 - Ilia Mitchell  •  1984 - Maie Ellis
1985 - Eileen Goldman  •  1986 - Jackie Heyneman  •  1987 - Darwin East
1988 - Harold Burchett  •  1989 - Dianna Hallock  •  1990 - Francis Steckmest
1991 - Marge Yackey  •  1992 - Vince Ross  •  1993 - Charley Wolk
1994 - Opal Langberg  •  1995 - Bill Reinstra  •  1996 - Bob Ingold
1997 - Jim Russell  •  1998 - Wil Gower  •  1999 - Bill Ross
2000 - John Crouch  •  2001 - Ralph Steinhoff  •  2002 - Jack Boline
2003 - Sam Logan  •  2004 - George Archibald  •  2005 - Arlyne Ingold
2006 - Roy Ansell  •  2007 - Phil & Eileen Delaney  •  2008 - Jerri Patchett
2009 - Jean Dooley  •  2010 - Roy Costello  •  2011 - Janet LuCore
2012 - Cecilia Taylor  •  2013 - Don Luallin  •  2014 - Phyllis Sweeney
2015 - Donna Gebhart

Lifetime Achievement

2001 - Arlyne Ingold, Bill Ross  •  2002 - Leo McGuire, Sr.  •  2003 - Vince Ross
2004 - Rufus Bowers  •  2005 - Wallace Tucker, Jackie Heyneman
2006 - Jim Bowen, Harry Christiansen  •  2007 - Carol Eastman
2008 - Betty Johnston  •  2009 - Earl & Bev McDougal  •  2010 - Bruce Dennett
2011 - George Archibald  •  2012 - Gordon Stone  •   2013 - Vi Dupre
2014 - Jerri Patchett  •  2015 - Manny Ortega

Chamber Member of the Year

2011 - Delos Eyer  •  2012 - Frank Hopkins  •  2013 - Bob Hillery
2014 - Martin Quiroz  •  2015 - Miriam Key

Chamber Business of the Year

2011 - San Diego Gas & Electric  •  2012 - First Citizens Bank
2013 - Cyan Insurance Solutions  •  2014 - Fallbrook Propane Gas Co.
2015 - El Jardin Mexican Restaurant

Ambassador of the Year

2009 - Phyllis Sweeney  •  2010 - Bob Hila  •  2011 - Ronne Branson
2012 - Brian Deming  •  2013 - Anne Klentz  •  2014 - MIke & Ginger Manley
2015 - Leo Romero

Chamber Non-Profit of the Year

2014 - Friends of the Fallbrook Community Center
2015 - Fallbrook Beautification Alliance

Excellence in Large Business

1995 - Major Market  •  1996 - Fallbrook National Bank
1997- The Grand Tradition  •  1998 - Fallbrook Refuse Service
1999 - East Brothers Grove Service  •  2000 - Del Rey Avocado
2001 - Coldwell Banker Landmark Group  •  2002 - Morgan Stanley
2003 - Durling Nursery  •  2004 - Temecula Valley Bank
2005 - Major Market  •  2006 - Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac
2007 - Markstein Beverage Company  •  2008 - Silvergate Retirement Residence
2009 - Fallbrook Pharmacy  •  2010 - Fallbrook Hospital

Excellence in Small Business

1995 - Birchall & Sons Carpet Care  •  1996 - La Caseta Mexican Restaurant
1997 - Fallbrook Country Inn  •  1998 - Fallbrook Equipment Rentals
1999 - Maddock Nursery  •  2000 - Fallbrook Wellness Spa
2001 - A Few of Our Favorite Things  •  2002 - Discount Appliances
2003 - Bigley Electric  •  2004 - Fallbrook Directory  •  2005 - Sourdough Pizza
2006 - El Toro Market  •  2007 - Neiman's Collision Center
2008 - Ace Party Productions  •  2009 - The Encouragement Factor
2010 - Springston Design

Ingold Community Builder Award

1996 - Fallbrook Hospital
1998 - Fallbrook Union Elementary School District
1999 - Fallbrook Land Conservancy
2000 - Fallbrook Union High School District
2001 - Camp Pendleton  •  2002 - Phil & Eileen Delaney
2003 - Angel Society of Fallbrook •  Sirina Waddell
2005 - Betty Johnson & Bill Horn
2006 - Roy Costello & Julie Reeder
2007 - Manny Ortega & Sheriff's Volunteer Patrol
2010 - Rotary Club of Fallbrook

 

 
 
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