Chamber again honors its Hometown Heroes

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A special collection of individuals and organizations are accorded “Hometown Hero” status each year, lauded by the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce for their exceptional work on behalf of the entire community.

This year's cast of heroes were honored recently during an evening ceremony at Enumclaw High School.

Earning special recognition were the Enumclaw Garden Club, chosen in the “Organization” category; Cameron Bulldozing in the “Business” division; James Puttman in the “Pioneer” category; and Nancy Merrill in the “Individual Citizen” category.

Merrill was singled out for her work on behalf of school children and those needing to make end-of-life decisions.

She was a regular volunteer in her children's elementary classrooms, was active in the PTA, tutored a special-needs student and eventually worked on levy and bond issues. Finally, she ran for a post on the Enumclaw School Board in 1991 and was elected, and continues to serve today.

Her volunteer efforts extend to the nonprofit Respecting Choices program, which evolved into Honor My Wishes. The program seeks to help individuals make important, advance decisions in the event of their death.

Puttman is a lifelong area resident, having lived in the Krain area for 80 years. He graduated from Enumclaw High and opened his own business, Puttman Insurance, receiving numerous sales and service awards and was known as an outstanding and caring boss. In 1963 he was a founding trustee of the Enumclaw Regional Hospital board and served for 40 years. He is a founding board member of the Enumclaw Regional Hospital Foundation and has served since 1982. He also is a founder and charter member of the Enumclaw Rotary Club which he began 1969.

Cameron Bulldozing and owner Duane Cameron are active in our community. One way of helping others is their involvement in the Mile of Food drive, held the same day as the annual Christmas parade. The company furnishes an old, restored pickup to haul food from the donation spots to Cole Street where another donated flatbed trailer sits to hold all the food donations. Cameron then hooks up the flatbed trailer to one of his trucks and gets in line for the parade, then helps unload all the donated food at the food bank. Cameron is also very generous in the scholarship program that supports the youth in our community through the Crescent Lodge. Cameron Bulldozing sponsors many activities through the Enumclaw Parks and Recreation department such as Haunted Happenings and the Magical Morning Christmas party. They donate to local school fund raisers, purchase turkeys and hams during the holiday season for the local food bank and donate to the area's Giving Trees that are on display throughout the community.

Cameron Bulldozing annually donates its services to the Enumclaw Regional Hospital Holiday Fantasy Dinner and Auction, Trinity Lutheran Preschool Auction, the Enumclaw Chamber Annual Dinner and Auction and many benefit auctions such as Olivia's Wish and Pedersen Benefit Auction.

The Enumclaw Garden club is an active 90-member group who make the community beautiful with their energetic gardening talents. The Garden Club was organized in 1922 and federated in 1924. Members have volunteered at the Enumclaw Senior Center Wellness Fair promoting gardening, they teach others how to make swags with all materials provided by the club, and furnish and decorate the Christmas tree at the Senior Center. Members work diligently on beautification at Enumclaw City Hall, Veterans Memorial Park, VFW Post 1949 and in the senior center flowerbeds. This year the club completed the first phase of the Foothills Trail Park and through donations and grants the club has planted trees, shrubs, and created a beautiful stone pathway. In addition the club applied and received a grant for $2,000 and applied the money to purchase and install a drinking fountain. In the past, club money has been directed for scholarships to Enumclaw and White River students, Habitat for Humanity, Tsunami Relief, Lake Wilderness Arboretum, Foothills Trail Park, Headquarter House, and EHS school planting.

€ Also nominated in the “Organization” category was the Enumclaw Rotary Club.

€ Also nominated in the “Pioneer” category were Doris Marcellis, Betty Zech, Lilia Arroya and Doreen Zimbelman.

€ Also nominated in the “Individual Citizen” category were Bob Price, Bill Bremmeyer, Lil Warn, Roberta Dutcher, Alan Gamblin, Sally Zoll, Allison Haseman and Dorothy Clark.

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