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Cape Gazette Business &00-Rc,,al Estate FRIDAY, .JANUARY 22 - MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010 2S WHEN HE SUMMARIZED THE STATE of the Rehoboth Beach- Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, Bill Klemkowski kept it simple: "It's all good, it's all good," he said. While many chamber members eyed 2009 with anxiety and un- certainty, Klemkowski said the chamber retained 90 percent of its members and is in sound financial shape. Klemkowski, president of the board of directors, said the financial committee helped steer the chamber through a tough year, while the staff found creative ways to reduce expenses. As he beckoned the board of directors to the stage, Kemkowski said he was optimistic about the coming year. ROB KUNZIG PHOTOS Shown are (I-r) Matt Turlinski, first chairman; Dale Lomas; Scott Swingle; Paul Kuhns; Chip Hearn; Rachel Hughes; Jerry Esposito; Su- san Wood; Marvin Carney; Kay Wheatley; Ron Derr, treasurer; Ann Watkins; Jay Becker; Klemkowski; Chris Weeks; past president; and Carol Everhart, executive director. Cochran honored at chamber installation with Mae Hall McCabe Award By Rob Kunzig mtmity members who exemplify behind the Wooden Indian on a spirit of citizenship. Baltimore Avenue. She joined :. "Bitsy was a no-nonsense the chamber shortly thereafter, : " hometown girl whose approach climbing the ranks until she be- to politics was with a slight dose came president of the board in of hard-headedness and a whole 1993. One year later, Meoli said, lot of common sense," said board two sitting commissioners re- member Michael Meoli. "To Bit- marked that they must be doing sy, if it was right, it was right, and a good job, because no one had if it was wrong, then it was yet filed to run against them. wrong." Cochran was immediately Cochran, a Rehoboth Beach spurred, he said. A year later, she native and former city commis- was a city commissioner. sioner, bought Monograms Un- Cochran's pet cause was clean limited in 1981, moving the shop Continued on page 26 Betty Ann "Bitsy" Cochran wanted to save the trees on Re- hoboth Avenue. To protest their removal during a streetscape project, she climbed the trunk, sat among the branches and re- fused to move. For this, among other things, the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce awarded her the 2010 Mae Hall McCabe Award, given to corn- Betty Ann "Bitsy" Cochran received the Mae Hall McCabe Award for outstanding citizenship. Cochran, a former Rehoboth Beach commissioner, owns Monograms Unlimited on Baltimore Avenue. r The chamber presented service awards to individuals who showed exemplary dedication to their communities. Shown are (I-r) Bill Klemkowski; Dell Tush, former Dewey Beach mayor; Bob Reed, former member of the chamber board of directors; Rich Hanewinckel, former Dewey commissioner; Juli Mills; and Paul Kuhns, former Rehoboth Beach commissioner. Alan Lynch grew The chamber recognized several people for vo|unteerism. Shown are (I-r) Scott Swingle, Sharon Palmer, Dale Lomas, Jay Gr- den, Erika Grden, Hayden Evan s and Marvin Carney. faith, mother, Doris, who was ill and "This family showed re- unable to attend. Lynch - praised the chamber. "They do such a good job :