Two prominent Florence men have been nominated for this year’s First Citizen, and the winner will be honored next week at a dinner hosted by the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce.
The gala event also features the newly named Future First Citizen and the winners of the annual Siuslaw Awards.
Eric Tanikawa is a nominee for the city’s First Citizen Award. He was nominated by, and endorsed by, the entire membership of the Kiwanis Club. He is the business manager for Traverse PC and has been a resident of Florence since 1992.
According to his list of activities, caring for and inspiring children are his passions.
He served on the Siuslaw School District Vision Committee, Habitat for Humanity, Peer Court, Oregon Together, Elks Children’s Christmas Party, the Rhody Run, volunteer coach and tutor for the Boys and Girls Club, Big Brother/Big Sister, Word of Life Olympian Club, hand bell music director, math tutor, and for his creative side, Holly Jolly Follies.
Tanikawa served as president and later as treasurer of the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County along with a number of the club’s other committees. According to the First Citizen nomination form, the “Boys and Girls Club would not be here today if it weren’t for Eric’s tireless efforts to fundraise and get positive programs serving over 600 Florence youths.”
He is a member of the Florence Kiwanis, Elks, PTA and Siuslaw Athletic Boosters.
According to Kiwanis nominators, “Eric’s impact can be seen everywhere in this community. … The Kiwanis Club was aware that Eric was very civic-minded, but until we did our research, we had no idea how much.”
John Bartlett, publisher of the Siuslaw News, was nominated First Citizen by the Rotary Club of Florence.
Bartlett moved to Florence in 2000 to take over the reins of the Siuslaw News, after owners Paul and Bev Holman sold the paper to News Media Corporation. He is also the group publisher of the Cottage Grove Sentinel and Central Coast Publishing and its press plant in Coos Bay. As soon as he arrived he became involved in community events and projects.
He has served on the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Friends of Florence, Peace Harbor Hospital Foundation board, Relay For Life, Siuslaw School District Vision Committee and Rotary Club of Florence, for which he was president 2007-08, among other boards and committees.For the complete article see the 01-09-2013 issue.
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