Sierra Madre Edition
SIERRA MADRE EDITION SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2017 VOLUME 11 NO. 1 ROD AND JOAN SPEARS NAMED SIERRA MADRE 2016 CITIZENS OF THE YEAR SIERRA MADRE WINS AGAIN.......WHILE THE CAT WAS AWAY! Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! Surrounding the Spears are (left to right), past COTY Recipients Joe and Jacquie Pergola, Judy Webb-Martin, Rod Spears, Chamber Board Member Carol Canterbury and Joan Spears. Photo by Judy Webb-Martin They thought it was going to be just another Thursday night out dining with friends, but little did Rod and Joan Spears know that there was a surprise waiting for them as they gathered at Nano's in Sierra Madre. Carol Canterbury representing the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce and with the help of their friends former COTY winners Joe and Jacquie Pergola and Judy Webb-Martin, surprised the couple with the announcement and the evening was all big smiles after that! The Chamber selected the Spears after receiving an overwhelming number of nominations for the couple. The Spears moved to Sierra Madre in 1999 have immediately became involved in activities that support the preservation of Sierra Madre. Rod served as a Volunteer Firefighter and set up the city's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and is currently on the Library's Board of Trustees. Joan became a volunteer for the Police Department, an active member of the Civic Club and is currently on the Senior Commission. They have five children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. The COTY award is granted to outstanding Sierra Madrean(s) who are the personification of the town’s spirit of volunteerism. The Chamber has bestowed this honor upon 54 citizens since 1966. Recent honorees include (partial listing) Clem and Nina Bartolai (2015), Dave Loera (2014), Joe and Jacquie Pergola (2013), Marlene Enmark (2012), Richard Mays (2011), Glenn and Amy Putnam (2010), Paul and Louise Nieby (2009), Angel Throop (2008), Pete Siberell (2007), Bud Switzer (2006), John Grijalva (2005), Hank Landsberg (2004), Rob Stockly (2003), Bill Messersmith (2002), Carol Canterbury (2001) and Marilyn McKernan (2000). The COTY dinner honoring Rod and Joan will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Nano's 322 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, Ca. Reception at 6:00 p.m. - Dinner at 7:00. Tickets are $30 per person/Tables of 10 $275.00. Tickets are available at The Bottle Shop, Beantown and Savor the Flavor. You can also purchase them online after January 10th by going to the Chamber's website, www.sierramadrechamber.com. Established in 1946, the Sierra Madre Chamber’s Mission is: “To encourage a healthy business environment by advancing, promoting and supporting the businesses serving Sierra Madre.” This includes providing a voice for local businesses when dealing with local government, creating networking opportunities monthly, supporting other non profit groups and sponsoring events such as the Wistaria Festival, Winter Festival and the COTY. By Bill Coburn and Susan Henderson The Cat’s Away”, Sierra Madre Rose Float Association’s 2017 entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade, was the town's 85th entry, going back to 1917. And, for the eleventh time in twelve years, SMRFA’s entry has won an award, this year - The Mayor’s Award described by the Tournament as “Most Outstanding City Entry.” The float depicts what mice do when the cat is away,...play! According to the official description, "The mice have taken over the tea set. Three mice are playing with a spoon on the front of the float. It has become a teeter totter. One mouse is laying in the bowl of the spoon with a tartlet filled with custard, a blackberry, and a raspberry. The one in the middle enjoying the ride holding a sugar cube. And a little girl mouse on the end of the spoon handle is holding a petit four. In the middle of the float we have the teapot being poured by a mouse using a fork (with 2 wobbly sugar cubes as a fulcrum), to tip the teapot. In the rear of the float is a stack of 4 cups. The top cup is being spun by a mouse, causing the three below it to wobble dangerously" and comically! There were also sugar cubes on the inside of the tray that the Sierra Madre Rose Float Princesses rode on. One of six self built floats in the parade, the hard work of the Association's Board and Volunteers brought the vision of designer Richard Burrow's to life. Thousands of volunteer hours created the masterpiece. The float's tray is made with dark brown and golden flax seed accented with lime green buttonmums and yellow strawflower accents. The base of the exterior of the tray will have bunches of pink roses and white football crysanthemums. The bottom of the tray is covered in red roses. The spoon and fork are covered in silver leaf, with poppy seed accents. The cups are covered in a variety of dry (lavender statice, ground split pea, coconut, ground rice, and yellow strawflower) and floral (pink and yellow chrysanthemums, and yellow button mums). The teapot will be covered in lavender, yellow, and pink carnations with design elements covered in ground rice, strawflower, ground split pea, and cranberry seed. The mice will be covered in light and dark Ming moss. The tartlet will be natural sesame seed, hulled sesame seed, raspberry carnation petals and dark purple Floragene carnation petals while the petit four will be yellow strawflower with ribbons of lime green buttonmums, topped with a small bouquet of lisianthus. The napkins (not on the original rendering) are covered in yellow corn grits with wild rice stitching and the monogram is done in statice. The monogram, by the way, is a B and is in honor of the concept designer, Richard Burrow (right), whose flamingo design was used for last years float. In 2006, the “Wonder of Reading”, designed by Charles Meier, took the Founder’s Banner Trophy, for the most spectacular float built and decorated by volunteers from a community or organization. In 2007, “Our Wonderful Wistaria” designed by Charles Meier was the winner of the Lathrop K. Leishman Award, for most beautiful non- commercial float. 2008’s “Valentine’s Day”, again designed by Charles Meier, won the Princesses’ Award, for most beautiful float 35' and under. In 2009, SMRFA and Meier’s streak continued with “Bollywood Dreams”, which again brought home the Lathrop K. Leishman Award, for most beautiful non-commercial float. In 2010, “California Girls”, designed by Dick Sappington, won the Governor’s Award for best depiction of life in California. Sierra Madre also got the Governor’s Award in 2011 for “Suenos de California”, again designed by Meier. Gorgeous as it was, 2012’s Colorful Imagination did not garner any awards, but 2013’s “The Sky’s the Limit” put SMRFA back in the winner’s circle, taking home the Mayor’s Trophy. The Sky’s the Limit was designed by Charles Meier from a concept drawing by Sierra Madre resident Maria Murray. In 2014, “Catching the Big One” was a winner. Charles Meier was once again the designer. In 2015, SMRFA’s entry “I Think I Can” based on the little train that could, and dedicated to Robert Young, longtime president of SMRFA who passed away in July of 2014, won The Mayor’s Trophy. The entry included the phrase “Forever Young” at the back of the train in his honor. Then in 2016, “Rollin’ on the River” took the Animation Trophy, described by the Tournament as “Best Animation and Motion.” And now, for the eleventh time in twelve years, SMRFA has done it again, with “The Cat’s Away” taking the Mayor’s Trophy! Congratulations SMRFA! To see a fantastic pictoral history of how the float was developed, go to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ Sierra-Madre-Rose-Float-Barn/220533438025906 Photos by Dean Lee/MVNews RECENT SMRFA TROPHIES 2006 - “The Wonder of Reading” The Founders Banner Trophy 2007 - “Our Wonderful Wistaria” Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy 2008 - “Valentine’s Day” Princesses Trophy 2009 - “Bollywood Dreams” Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy 2010 “California Girls” Governor’s Trophy 2011 “Suenos de California” Governor’s Trophy 2013 “The Sky’s The Limit” Isabella Coleman Trophy 2014 “Catching The Big One” The Mayor’s Trophy 2015 “I Think I Can” The Mayor’s Trophy 2016 “Rollin’ On The River Animation Trophy 2017 "The Cat's Away" The Mayor’s Trophy Designer Richard Burrow seems to be having a little fun along with the mice !
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