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Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Banquet

Thank you to those of you who joined us at the 2022 AWACC Annual Meeting & Banquet last weekend. We are “Back on Track” and enjoyed celebrating the Chamber's success in 2021. We hope you had a great time as well. Check out the article in The Astorian for an event recap.

Congratulations to our award recipients.

  • 2021 Ambassadors' Choice Award: Hampton Lumber
  • 2021 President's Award: Bridgewater Bistro
  • 2021 Applause Award:  Dr. Chris Laman
  • 2021 George Award: Judi Lampi & Janet Bowler
  • 2021 George Award: Kevin Leahy
  • 2021 Richard Ford Distinguished Service Award:  Brenda and Norm Hoxsey

We would like to thank:

  • The Clatsop County Fair & Expo for accommodating our event
  • The SEA Crab House and Thai Me Up for cooking up a delicious meal
  • Former State Senator Betsy Johnson and Mayors Henry Balensifer of Warrenton and Bruce Jones of Astoria for presenting the Ford & George Awards
  • Jeff Daly for bringing his Joy Train to the event

Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Pacific Power! We couldn't make this event happen without their generosity. 

We’d also like to thank our photo sponsor, Lum’s Auto Center and our dessert sponsor: Suzanne Weber.


We once again have a great selection of raffle prizes featuring a variety of donations from your fellow members. Raffle tickets can be purchased at time of registration. If you forgot to grab them or decide you want more, you can purchase them in person at the event. Prize drawings will be held during the Annual Meeting and Banquet on January 29, 2022. Raffle tickets:  $1 each, 12 for $10 and 25 for $20

Member Business/Organization - Item Description (approx. retail value)
Astoria Underground Tours
- private underground tour package for 10 people ($250)
Astoria Riverfront Trolley Association - bookends, paperweights, rail spike trivet, trolley swag, all day ride tokens, wine, Niman Ranch Sausage, Fran's Mint Thins, Seattle Chocolate  ($186)
Best Western Astoria Bayfront Hotel - A basket of sunshine plus an overnight stay in king jacuzzi room. ($TBD)
Betsy Johnson, Former State Senator - Fine sterling silver pendant by Charles Albert   ($TBD)
Bridgewater Bistro
 - $75 gift certificate, Wine, Soap, Cards  ($180)
Columbia River Maritime Museum - Membership package  ($130)
Fire Station Yoga
- T-shirt, cork yoga mat, free yoga passes  ($100)
Gaetano's Market and Deli - Basket of deliciousness  ($82)
Lucy's Books - mug, candle, tote bag, celebration kit, socks, journal, $20 gift card  ($74)
Mo's Restaurant Astoria - Gift certificate for dinner for 4 and Mo's swag  ($182)
N.M. Kaim Travel - $100 gift certificate
Northwest Carriage Museum - collection of items from gift shop with admission tickets  ($tbd)
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Kerri Hartnett - Astoria is My Happy Place basket  ($tbd)
Rosebriar Mansion - 2 vintage Carla March beaded handbags, gold filigree rocks glasses, trinket box, rose brooch  ($100)
TLC, a Division of Fibre FCU - Coffee Craze gift basket featuring Red Leaf Organic Coffee  ($tbd)
The Ten Fifteen Theater - Season Tickets for 2022 season  ($150)
Total Employment and Management (TEAM) - Relaxation Basket  ($100)
Van Dusen Beverages - 9 Tiffany style glasses, Pepsi tray, Pepsi clock  ($100)
West Coast Artisans - table runner, trivets, coasters, square potholders, oval potholders, kitchen towels  ($225)

All tickets will be included in a second chance drawing for a getaway to Hood River featuring a chance to get on the tracks with the Mount Hood Railroad. This package is coordinated by the Lower Columbia Tourism Committee to highlight that travel is good for our personal health, and the hospitality industry is an important part of our local economy.

A Note on Returning to Live Events from our Executive Director

We’ve learned so much these past 20 months, including how to hold safe live events. I can tell you, it’s not easy but it is possible, and it is worth it. Seeing our community members, reconnecting with old friends, generating commerce for our local businesses and just actually enjoying all the wonderful things our towns have to offer are all back on the table.

The latest rise in COVID cases and an expected nationwide surge should serve to remind us not to be lax in our precautions, but outright cancellations are not called for. Not when we know how to do events safely.

So that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to take the extra steps required, do the extra planning and work, adapt the procedures where necessary, and we’re going to hold live events.  Some of those precautions include:

  • Lower overall capacity to allow for more distancing
  • Reduced number of place settings at each table
  • Opening earlier to reduce crowding at the entrance
  • Staying masked up except when actively eating or drinking

A live banquet means we’ll get to celebrate the Richard Ford Distinguished Service Award and George Award winners in person. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Lum's Auto Center Logo

Event photography sponsored by
Lum's Auto Center
and provided by Don Frank Photography.


Train track photographs courtesy of
Kelly Grothe.