Lakeside Chamber seeking nominations for Citizen of the Year

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.

The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual Harry J. Spence Citizen of the Year award. Deadline for submissions is Monday, May 23. Nominations can be submitted by mail or in person at the Chamber office.

The annual award is given to a man or woman who has made outstanding volunteer contributions and contributed to a better way of life for all in the Lakeside and East County communities. Entrants will be evaluated on demonstrating recognizable and ethical business practices, including furthering employer and employee relationships, employee training programs and promoting the business community in general, as well as contributions to the welfare of Lakeside through service projects such as involvement in civic affairs and support of youth groups or senior or adult groups. The award is a one-time honor. Posthumous awards are possible.

The winner will be recognized at the Chamber’s annual installation dinner in July, and be part of the Lakeside Western Days parade in April 2017. The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award originated in 1980.

The first recipient was Harry J. Spence, a Lakeside resident and influential community volunteer. For more information, contact Kathy Kassel, Chamber president/CEO, at (619) 561-1031, or visit