San Bernardino, CA, June 20, 2014 – Tonight at the National Orange Show, San Bernardino County is holding its 10th annual Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony & Dinner, to honor 50 women for their civic involvement and community service. This year, two Big Bear residents will be among them: Elaine Holzer-Tennity and Yomar Cleary.

Holzer-Tennity’s name was put forward for her extensive involvement in community groups and for founding of the family assistance program the Hummingbird Project, which the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce named one of the best nonprofits of 2012. She also holds a Master’s degree in School Administration from UCLA and has received several plaques from the local school district.

Cleary works with numerous local emergency response groups to prepare the community for any type of disaster. She has completed multiple FEMA Incident Command System classes and State of California HazMat training, and has previously been recognized by the Rotary Club, the Sheriff’s Department and the Cities of Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano.

Nominations for the Women of Distinction Awards are submitted by individuals, cities, chambers of commerce and nonprofits. Below is a partial list of the women’s community contributions and involvement.

Elaine Holzer-Tennity:
~American Association of University Women (AAUW) President (5 years)
~Sugarloaf Property Owners Association President (5 years)
~Kiwanis Club
~Big Bear Computer Club
~Friends of the Library
~Big Bear Zoo Docent
~Bear Valley Collaborative, COAD
~Healthy Start
~Breakthrough Task Force
~Big Bear Chamber of Commerce Community Service
~Cal Works

Yomar Cleary:
~Big Bear Valley Mountain Mutual Aid (First Responders)
~Big Bear Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)
~San Bernardino County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
~S.B. County Fire Emergency Communications Services (ECS)
~Bear Valley Amateur Radio Club
~Community Emergency Response Team – CERT
~Orange County Sheriff’s Department & San Bernardino Sheriff’s Dept