Familiar faces named to Tahoe Tomorrow board
A group formed to revitalize the middle class and the economy at South Shore has elected 10 people to what will be a 15-member board of directors.
Members of Tahoe Tomorrow elected the 10 from a pool of about 30 nominees. The board members include: Barb Childs (real estate), Deborah Howard (real estate), Guy Lease (education), Mike Bradford (gaming), Dennis Crabb (law), Lew Feldman (law), Jeff Tillman (refuse), Duane Wallace (business), Charlie McDermid (lodging) and Carl Ribaudo (marketing).
The people elected each paid a $100 fee to join Tomorrow, as did the 65 other members of the group, to create start-up money for the organization.
The board members plan to meet Monday to discuss how the remaining five members of their board will be chosen.
“We will select five more for diversity of the membership,” said Wallace, who also serves as the executive director of the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce. “There is no intent for this to be a good old boys club. It’s an action-oriented community organization.”
Tomorrow says residents can join the organization without paying the $100 fee if they are ready to commit time and energy to the group.
“The idea is to create a wide community-based grass roots organization,” Wallace said. “Above all we’re seeking out people who want to get things done — creating better jobs, a better environment and getting Tahoe’s middle class back.”
Childs, who also works at Century 21, said she would like to see some young people elected to the board because one of the goals of Tomorrow is to create a new generation of community leaders.
“When I think of diversity, I think it’s a lot more than just males and females,” Childs said. “Again, this isn’t about being a representative of a political organization. We’re representing ourselves as citizens of this community who want to make this a better place to live.”
Wallace said Tomorrow has been contacted by about five residents who can’t or don’t want to pay the $100 fee. The five additional board members are expected to be selected by February.
Anyone interested in joining the group can call Wallace at (530) 541-5255 or Crabb at (530) 544-1785.
— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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