Thursday, February 23, 2012

Chamber honors Mel Dick as Volunteer of the Month

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce honors Mel Dick as February’s Volunteer of the Month for his service to our community. Mel is more than a small business owner in our community and this honor does little to recognize his countless hours of volunteer work he spends his time doing.

Since moving to Sandpoint in 2012, Mel has immersed himself in our community. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Sandpoint and Panhandle Alliance for Education (PAFE). He also serves on Bonner General Hospital Foundation Advisory Council. Also, he is a large supporter and founder of the Race Across America Team Laughing Dog and Team 24/7 for Autism. Mel is also a large supporter and organizer of the WaCanID Bicycle Ride that takes hundreds of riders around the International Selkirk Loop.

When asked why he rides in the Race Across America Team, Mel answered, “to compete in one of the toughest sporting events in the world with a team of dedicated individuals, all of which have a sense of adventure and to raise awareness and funds to support autism.” In 2008, Mel did the ‘Ride For Education’ that took him on a 10,000 mile journey across the country benefiting the PAFE and early childhood literacy.

Please join the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Mel Dick in being honored as the Volunteer of the Month and thanking him for all of his contributions to our community. His hard work has done a lot for so many causes in our community. Thank you Mel!

Photo: Kate McAlister honors Mel Dick as February’s Volunteer of the Month.

Chamber Honors Pend d’Oreille Winery as Business of the Month

The Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize Pend d’Oreille Winery as the February’s Business of the Month. Founded in 1996 by Steve and Julie Meyer, the Pend d’Oreille Winery is in its Sweet 16th Year of Business! Located at 220 Cedar St. in Sandpoint Idaho, they are a local business that prides themselves on earning the trust of their customers, establishing a relationship and watching the word of mouth grow their business.

The Pend d’Oreille Winery is an award winning winery and Winemaker Steve Meyer is very proud of all of his wines. Bistro Rouge and Chardonnay are both double Gold Medal winners, the Malbec’s and Merlot have won many great accolades, and the winery boasts many other awards for their wines.

Incredibly, the Pend d’Oreille Winery was the first winery in the nation to create a refillable magnum 1.5 liter bottle of the Bistro Rouge red wine blend. The slogan is simple ‘Think Green, Drink Red’ and the impact has been huge. This program keeps roughly half a ton of waste out of the landfills every month and has close to 15 tons of waste out of the landfill since this program has launched. They have even expanded and created a second refillable bottle for the Bistro Rouge white wine blend.

Please join the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce in congratulating Pend d’Oreille Winery for their success in the wine industry and thanking them for their commitment to our community. For more information, give them a call at 265-8545, find them on Facebook, visit or visit them at their location at 220 Cedar St., Sandpoint, ID.

In Photo: Julie and Steve Meyer receive the award with Chamber Ambassador Clem Hackworthy.