Business Excellence and Azalea Awards

Honoring Business Excellence & Community Service
At our Annual Dinner, we recognize businesses that continue to grow, contribute to the community and have good employee relations and customer service standards.  It is a way to honor those businesses that go above and beyond.  These businesses are nominated by the members, their peers, and votes are cast by the members also.  The 2017 Member's Choice Awards will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017.

2017 Member's Choice Award Nominees

New Business of the Year:
  • Cloney's Pharmacy
  • Eureka Natural Foods
  • Funk Shui
  • The Parlour

Business of the Year:

  • Coast Central Credit Union
  • Miller Farms Nursery
  • Redwood Capital Bank
  • Six Rivers Brewery

Small Business of the Year:

  • A & L Feed and Garden Supply
  • Essential Elements Spa
  • McKinleyville Glass
  • Ramones

Best Customer Service:

  • Cloney's Pharmacy
  • Coast Central Credit Union
  • Eureka Natural Foods
  • Tri Counties Bank

Home Based Business of the Year:

  • Diane's Sweet Heat
  • JB Maryn
  • On the Spot Sportswear
  • Orchids for the People

Non Profit of the Year:

  • Arcata Fire District
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods
  • Humboldt County Sheriff
  • Lions Club of McKinleyville

2016 Member's Choice Award Winners
New Business of the Year - Cloney's Pharmacy (play video)
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Business of the Year - Six Rivers Brewery 
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Small Business of the Year - A & L Feed and Garden Supply and Essential Elements (play video)
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Best Customer Service - Coast Central Credit Union (play video)
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Home-Based Business of the Year - Diane's Sweet Heat (play video)
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Non Profit of the Year - Lions Club of McKinleyville (play video)
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2015 Member's Choice Award Winners
New Business of the Year - Fieldbrook General Store (play video)
Small Business of the Year - A & L Feed and Garden Supply (play video)
Business of the Year - Six Rivers Brewery (play video)
Home Based Business of the Year - Orchids for the People (play video)
Non-Profit of the Year - McKinleyville Family Resource Center (play video)
Best Customer Service - A & L Feed and Garden Supply (play video)

Azalea Award Winners
A tradition started in 2001.  The Azalea Award is given to McKinleyville community members who have a history of service and continue to serve today.   Our Azalea Award Winners will also be honored as they serve as Grand Marshals in our Pony Express Day parade.

2001   Opie Hendricks
2002   Eleanor Sullivan
2003   Mark & Linda Rynearson
2004   Art & Karen Hooven
2005   Jim & Kerry Furtado
2006   Greg & Christina Cain
2007   Ben Shepherd & Wendy Wahlund
2008   Tom & Mary Marking
2009   Anne Hartline
2010   Don & Marleen Miller / Dick & Joan Miller
2011   Al & Sarie Tostie
2012   Don & Linda Harling
2013   Garth & Linda Sundberg
2014   Tim & Becky Hooven
2015   Ross & Kelly Miller
2016   Bob Wainwright & Cyndi Bainbridge

This years honorees are Bob Wainwright and Cyndi Bainbridge.

Bob has worked in many fields during his career. Some of which are owning Wainwright's Mobil Station at the corner of Central Ave. and School Rd. in the 60's and 70's, a journeyman sheet metal worker/welder and a heavy equipment operator. He has traveled over one million miles as a truck driver and retired in 2005 from North Coast Export/LP after 25 years as a Millwright Electrician. He is the father of three sons and the grandfather of five. After graduating from McKinleyville High School, Cyndi completed two years at College of the Redwoods with a focus on Early Childhood Education. She has worked in the food service and childcare industries, was the front-end manager of a retail store in Lake County and a manager's secretary in charge of merchandise ordering at a building center. She has always enjoyed working with children and those with special needs. She is the proud aunt of eight nephews and nieces.

Community involvement is important for Bob and Cyndi.  McKinleyville Lions club members, Bob for over 45 years and Cyndi for 12 years. They also serve on the board of Northcoast Lions Eye Foundation, Reading Service of the Redwoods and Cyndi with the McKinleyville Federated Women's Club. They have always felt that it is important to give back to the community and those less fortunate. They take part in many activities; the most notable being the Lions Winter Express program which benefits over 700 local Kindergarten - Third grade students at Christmas time.
Together for 13 years, Bob and Cyndi enjoy traveling, spending quality time with the kids, grandkids, nephews and nieces, as well as with their friends.
Bob and Cyndi are honored to have been chosen for this award. They would like to thank their family and friends for their support. They are extremely proud to be a part of this wonderful community and working alongside those who want to make the world a better place. The Lions club motto is "We Serve". It is a motto that Bob and Cyndi take to heart.
They will be honored at the Chamber's Annual Member's Choice Awards Dinner and auction on April 1.  They will also serve as Grand Marshals in the Pony Express Day parade the first weekend in June.  

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