East County News – Santee Chamber plans annual awards night at Barona

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

East County News by Rick Griffin

The Santee Chamber of Commerce has announced its annual awards dinner and celebration will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Barona Resort & Casino Golf Center. Sponsorships are available for this evening of celebration. For more event information, call (619) 449-6572 or visit www.SanteeChamber.com.
According to Santee Chamber president/CEO John Olsen, awards to be presented on Feb. 20 will include 2013 Person of the Year, Chairman’s Award, Deputy of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, Rotarian of the Year, Kiwanis Volunteer of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Les Hart Memorial Scholarship recipient, Heavy Hauler Espirit de Corps award, Heavy Hauler Motivation Award and Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award. In addition, the Santee Chamber will present “Santee’s Favorite Business” awards. Last year, winners for “Santee’s Favorite Business” awards were determined based on more than 20,000 votes that were cast on the chamber’s website.
Olsen also said that Jan. 14 is the deadline for the submission of nominations for the 2013 Person of the Year award. The award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the community of Santee’s quality of life through their involvement in a variety of community activities, including charitable, educational, civic, religious and service projects. Nominees do not need to be chamber members or residents of Santee. The award will not be given posthumously. Selection will be determined based on the information provided.