Citizen of the Year. The Bonney Lake holiday tree lighting. Bonney Lake Days. Beautify Bonney Lake.
These programs, and many more that are now a part of the experience of living in Bonney Lake, all originated with the Bonney Lake Chamber of Commerce, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
"There have been lots of really good programs and things that started from the Chamber and grown into bigger things - some into their own organizations," said executive director Lora Butterfield. "They're things to be proud of."
Looking into the future, incoming Chamber president Kim Peters, who lives in Bonney Lake but works in Sumner, said she'd like to build a better relationship with neighbors down in the valley. "We're looking forward to working more closely with the Sumner Downtown Partnership and to be more of a presence in the Sumner area as well," she said. "After all, we're the same school district."
The Bonney Lake Chamber celebrates its three-decade milestone Thursday with a special cocktail reception to honor city officials, members and key leaders in the community who have made the past 30 years possible.
Though initially described as an invitation-only event, Butterfield said that was to help organizers get a headcount for attendance. Invites had gone out to those known to have been a part of the Chamber's 30-year history, but Butterfield said she knows they didn't reach everyone. With the event happening tomorrow, "anyone who's been involved with the Bonney Lake Chamber, come on out," she said.
The event will be a mixer-type of gathering and feature short presentations about the Chamber's history as well as Peters' remarks about her vision for the future.
Sponsored by Cascade Water Alliance, the Cocktail Reception begins at 7 p.m. at Kelly Farm, 20021 Old Sumner-Buckley Highway, Bonney Lake, WA 98391.
For details on the event or to register, please visit www.bonneylake.com or call (253) 222-5945.