Big Bear Lake, CA, June 25, 2014 – David Leach got special recognition and a lot of laughs at The Arts Council’s annual meeting this month. The board of directors thanked him for his 14 years of work on behalf of The Council, shared stories about his many accomplishments, and presented him with a plaque. Holding the plaque up to the audience he said, “You know where this is going: right up on the wall at my Barnstorm office!” Dave can often be seen in the company of friends in his favorite booth at the Barnstorm Restaurant at the airport.

Dave’s long tenure included eight years as president, a position from which he just recently retired. He was known as the cheerful “front man” at nearly every Council event, and played major roles in upgrading equipment at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center and establishing an art gallery in the Village. Now, he says he hopes to “contribute in less official ways.”

Dave is well known for his activities outside the Arts Council too. As a past “Man About Town” and a frequent participant in other charitable causes.

The Arts Council of Big Bear Valley is currently focused on creating a Village Arts Campus—a cultural center where visual and performing artists from throughout the area can teach, create and share the arts for the enrichment of youth and the community.