MOORLACH UPDATE — Cypress Reminiscences — June 20, 2014

Being recognized by the Cypress Chamber of Commerce as their 2014 Man of the Year provided an opportunity for me to reflect back. My family’s first residence after immigrating to Orange County in the summer of 1960, was the Peacock Motel on Lincoln, near Walker. Here is a period photo of the motel, which is still doing business under the same name 54 years later:

After a brief time in the city of Bellflower, we would live on the dairy that my uncle Edward De Boer was operating for his father-in-law, Jim Albers. Uncle Ed would serve on the Orange County Republican Central Committee during the 1966-1967 period, which also included Walter Knott as a member at that time. It was fun to share some childhood memories while on the dairy. I recalled the day my father came home with his new 1962 Mercury Comet. The photo of the occasion is provided below, with my father in the car and my younger brother, Edward, admiring the interior. Our home is on the right and the milking facility is behind the car. You may remember the house across the street from my MOORLACH UPDATE — Man of the Year — April 11, 2014. That house and dairy property would become what is now the Cypress Civic Center. I also mentioned working for the Trojan Drive-in Dairies. One facility was located on Lincoln Boulevard (it was next door to the Post Office) and the other was on Valley View Street (the Van Hunnick dairy property – photo also included in the MOORLACH UPDATE — Man of the Year — April 11, 2014) where the original residence, the milking building, and the milker’s house are still standing.

My folks would make their final move to a home backing up to Holder Street, on the border of Cypress and Buena Park, where the dairy between our home and the Van Hunneck dairy would become Cypress College. The property would become an amazing playground during and after construction of the campus:

It was fun to reminisce on a good two decades of personal history with the city of Cypress, especially when you believe that the Lord has a plan and purpose for your life. I concluded that it was interesting that a young boy who would immigrate from a country whose national color is orange, would reside on Orange Avenue, and then become the Supervisor representing the city of Cypress in the County of Orange. It has been a delight to have had such a long history with my District and an honor to have been recognized by the Cypress Chamber of Commerce. I am most grateful. The Orange County Breeze, with the colorful assistance of fellow recipient Shelly Henderson, covers the evening’s festivities below.

John Moorlach installs 2014/15 Cypress Chamber Board, recognized as Man of the Year

On the evening of Wednesday, June 18, Second District Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach ably filled two roles at the Cypress Area Chamber of Commerce Awards and Installation Banquet held at Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach.

After inviting new executive board members and directors to the front of the room, Supervisor Moorlach administered the oath of office (with a bit of humorous adlibbing on his part) to install the Chamber’s governing board members for the 2014/2015 fiscal year.

Following the installation of the new board, Supervisor Moorlach was recognized and applauded as the Cypress Chamber of Commerce 2014 Man of the Year.

On hand to see him honored were Supervisor Moorlach’s parents, wife and children. His parents still live in the same house across from Cypress College that they moved to after the dairy where they lived was sold for development.

2014/2015 Chamber Board

David Macdonald of Forest Lawn will serve another year as chairman of the board.

Other members of the executive council are:

  • Chairman-Elect Lisa Lane of Residence Inn by Marriott
  • Corporate Secretary Jenelle Godges of Southern California Edison
  • Immediate Past Chairman Tim Keenan of Creative Media Recording (who was also recognized for Lifetime Achievement at the event)
  • Vice Chairman for Membership Development George O’Hara (who later introduced the 2014 Woman of the Year award recipient)
  • Vice Chairman for Special Events & Programs Bob Snow, formerly of Boeing, now retired
  • Vice Chairman for Finance Dave Wassenaar of Cypress College

Directors of the Chamber are:

  • Muff Elstran, formerly of Speech and Language Development Center, now retired
  • Sam Hall of Republic Services
  • Chuck Hansen of Hansen Auto Body
  • Rob Johnson of Crystal Geyser Water Company (also a member of the Cypress City Council)
  • Theresa Murphy of Precious Life Shelter
  • Lily Ramirez of Re/Max Tiffany Real Estate
  • Jay Sondhi, legal consultant
  • Del Webb of Golden State Water Company
  • Doug Wolfe of Pacific Premier Bank
  • Mariellen Yarc, a principal at Brandon & Yarc (also a member of the Cypress City Council)

Kudos to Chamber President and CEO Ed Munson and Administrative Assistant Judy Fenton for organizing a well-run event, and to Old Ranch Country Club for their usual excellent food and service.

Lovely floral centerpieces and a splashy floral podium display were provided by the flower shop at Forest Lawn Cypress, under the creative management of Teri Alvarez, the 2013 recipient of the Chamber Woman of the Year Award.

Chamber recognizes outstanding contributors to the community

The program for the evening included plenty of time for mingling and conversation before and during dinner, followed by the board installation and then Chamber recognition of outstanding contributors to the community.

Cypress Police Chief Jackie Gomez-Whitely introduced the first award recipient — the business of the year.

Union Bank of Cypress was aptly named the 2014 Business of the Year. Through the efforts of the branch manager, Miriam Melville, and her team, Union Bank of Cypress has shown longstanding and ongoing support for the community. Examples of that support include underwriting the Cypress College Americana Awards and aiding the Boys and Girls Club of Cypress.

Accepting the award for Union Bank were Miriam Melville and her boss Brenda Hale.

Miriam will soon retire, and we can only hope that her replacement will grow to fill her shoes!

Cypress City Councilman Doug Bailey introduced John Moorlach as 2014 Man of the year.

Moorlach, a favorite speaker at Cypress Area Chamber events such as the State of the County luncheon, wore a blazingly orange tie and wrist band in honor of Holland, his native country, and spoke of his family emigrating to the United States when he was a young boy. They lived for several years on a dairy farm on Orange Ave. in Cypress. Orange, it seems, is John Moorlach’s color.

John is termed out as Second District Orange County Supervisor. We will all have to wait to see what he decides to do next.

Tim and Linda Keenan are quiet and tenacious supporters of Cypress, its individuals, and its organizations. They were given the Chamber’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award — with everyone protesting that they are too young, and they have too much still to do! The two of them own Creative Media Recording, an audio processing company that is the single longest continuous tenant at Warland Business Park. Tim has a trained professional voice, but the introduction given by Councilwoman Mariellen Yarc caused a hitch in his well-rounded modulations.

Heartfelt congratulations to Tim and Linda, who helped and encouraged the launch of Orange County Breeze.

Shelley Henderson (me) was named 2014 Woman of the Year. I would like to thank the Cypress Area Chamber of Commerce for welcoming my initial forays into commercial freelance writing, which led to articles published in local newspapers, which led to a job as editor of the News Enterprise in Los Alamitos, which led to the founding of Orange County Breeze.

Also due thanks are Jerry Bernstein and Brian Hewes of the Cerritos News, who helped me to learn how to cover city council meetings; Travis Perkins and Heather McDonald of The Event in Cypress, who allowed me to further polish my reporter’s skills while covering city hall in Buena Park, La Palma, and Cypress; Guy Cariglio of the News Enterprise and, later, Orange County Breeze, for the many, many things he taught me about running a local newspaper.

Special thanks to Seth Eaker of Black Marble Consulting, who helped me refine ideas for Orange County Breeze prior to its launch.

Thank you to everyone who has sat down to chat with us over the last several years, inviting us into your business, organization, or home so that we could tell our readers about you.

Thanks also go to the advertisers who have paid Orange County Breeze to market their businesses and organizations to our readers.

Finally, a big thank you to all the readers of Orange County Breeze — now 70,000 strong monthly at plus readers of our Daily Overnight News Summary and our Dining, Arts & Entertainment listing — for allowing us to write, curate, and publish news about northwest Orange County, so that you will know just how fabulous and wonder-filled a home you have!

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