Chamber installs officers, honors excellence at annual event -- Gazette.Net


The Olney Chamber of Commerce installed its new officers and board of directors at its annual Celebration of Excellence Awards and Installation Dinner on Thursday.

Greg Porter of Brooke Grove Retirement Village is the new president and Suzanne Rosetti of Work Life Destinations will become secretary. Vice President Joe Buffington and Treasurer Jon Turgel will continue to serve in their roles.

Benny Bienvenue of Our House, Joe McCall of The Winery at Olney, Fred Silver of the Olney Lions Club and Allison Weiss of The Sandy Spring Museum will join the board of directors.

Returning board members are Alison Bawek of the Studio of Ballet Arts, Valle Bonhag of Carl M. Freeman Companies, Toni Davis of Brooke Grove Retirement Village, Ellen Coleman of RE/MAX Realty Centre, Dawn Griffith of Sandy Spring Friends School and Marc Rosendorf of The Law Offices of Marc Rosendorf.

“Our new president has past experience with the board and is a great organizer and administrator,” Chamber Executive Director Jon Hulsizer said. “He will bring a new energy and progressive direction to the board.”

Hulsizer said the new board members represent a variety of backgrounds and experiences and will add vitality and imagination to the board.

Also at the event, the Chamber presented $1,000 scholarships to Nicole Lertora of James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring; Andrew Frascella, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney; and Sandra Chung, Molly Freedman and Jordan Newmark, all of Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring.

President’s Awards were presented to Sophie Randolph of Longwood Community Recreation Center and Judy Adler-Reif of Sherwood High School, who are both retiring after years of service to the community.

Randolph has not only been instrumental in Chamber events such as Community Night and National Night Out, but has been the guiding force in Longwood’s senior program for more than 20 years.

Adler-Reif served as a teacher, counselor, and coordinator of Sherwood’s Hospitality and Internship program. She and her students have supported the Chamber at its events for many years. This year, she started an internship program with the Chamber.