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Thursday, February 12, 2009


Arlene Bernholtz Named Calabasas Chamber’s
Bill Van Gieson Memorial Award Winner

Arlene Bernholtz, past Marketing Director of the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce was recently named the 2009 recipient of the prestigious “Bill Van Gieson Memorial Award.” The award Selection Committee made up of Chamber past presidents and past chairmen of the board bestowed the award to Bernholtz who directed the Calabasas Chamber’s membership development for 13 years and who helped build the Chamber into one of the most successful business alliances in the region. Since her retirement in 2007, Arlene continues her numerous philanthropic, historical, cultural and community endeavors with the time retirement allows.

The “Bill Van Gieson Memorial Award” was created to “reflect the pioneering spirit, exceptional initiative and outstanding contributions to the Calabasas community in memory of Bill Van Gieson, who is remembered for his creative leadership in developing Calabasas Chamber of Commerce activities. Bernholtz is a native Californian and affiliated with the Calabasas Historical Society – Past President and Charter Member; Canoga-Owensmouth Historical Society – Board Member; California Conference of Historical Societies – Regional Vice President; L.A. County Deputy Registrar – Election Division Precinct Board Member; and Love on 4 Paws - Pet Therapy Volunteer at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. A little unknown fact is that she is also an avid Mercedes Club enthusiast!

Calabasas Chamber President and CEO, Carol Washburn stated that, “Arlene’s greatest attributes are her respect for history, and her boundless energy and love for and appreciation of others. She works from the heart to provide opportunities for people to succeed in all walks of life.”

The award commenced in 1993; it’s first honoree was Kay Beachy followed by: John & Juliana Gensley, Barbara Reinike, Dr. Albert Marley, Bob McCord, Mac & Alice Stelle, Karyn Foley, Dennis Washburn, Ray Phillips, Phyllis Power, Wally and Jean Hollenstein, Flo Klein, Frank and Betty Farmer, Lee Cohen (Pioneer Legacy Award), Bob Hill, John Boething and Rodger Sterling.

Arlene will be honored at the Chamber’s January 30th Monte Carlo Night & Installation Gala scheduled for 6:00 p.m. until Midnight at the City of Calabasas Library in Founders Hall. Chamber members and the public are invited to attend. Reservations can be made by calling (818)222-5680.

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