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Pismo Beach names citizen, business of the year for 2015

Local historian Effie McDermott, left, was chosen as the Pismo Beach 2015 Citizen of the Year. Here, she accepts her award at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Jan. 14.
Local historian Effie McDermott, left, was chosen as the Pismo Beach 2015 Citizen of the Year. Here, she accepts her award at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Jan. 14.

The Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce has announced its citizen and business of the year for 2015.

Citizen of the Year

Effie McDermott was chosen as the Pismo Beach Citizen of the Year for her more than four decades of volunteer work with the community.

McDermott served on the Local Coastal Plan Citizens’ Advisory Committee from 1978 to 1980, then on the Pismo Beach Planning Commission for three years. She was president of the Friends of the Price House for eight years and remains active in the organization, continuing to give tours of the Price House. She has served on County Historical Society boards and is considered the “unofficial historian for the city of Pismo Beach,” according to a news release. Her “Images of America: Pismo Beach” book was published in 2013.

She was also named the 2006 Clam Festival grand marshal and 2014 Historian of the Year by the South County Historical Society.

Business of the Year

Grand Awards in Pismo Beach was chosen as Business of the Year because of its long-term membership with the chamber and its owners’ volunteer work throughout the community, according to the release.

Grand Awards became a member of the Chamber of Commerce in 1980, and Grand Awards provides a variety of awards items including plaques, trophies, ribbons, designer glassware, medals and clocks, according to the release. The owners, Greg and Patty Holladay, also help the chamber with many of its events — Patty Holladay is an ambassador for the chamber and attends its monthly meetings — and they donate trophies to the chamber’s annual Marching Band Review and other chamber and community events.

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The chamber also named chamber volunteer Emily Myhre as the Volunteer of the Year and Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors president Roger Wightman as Director of the Year.

The winners were honored at the city’s annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Jan. 14.

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

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