The Chardon Area Chamber of Commerce has named Dave Lelko as the recipient of its 2019 Bright Star Award. He received the honor at the recent Bright Star ceremony at the LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility in Westlake, Ohio.
About 40 chambers of commerce across northern Ohio recognized a volunteer as their Bright Star. Honorees are defined as a person who has made a significant impact on the chamber through membership, retention, sponsorship, economic development, operations and/or education.
Each Bright Star is an active chamber member and is likely to be an unsung hero or a dedicated behind-the-scenes volunteer. Currently Vice Chair of Chardon City Council, Lelko works hard for the organization whether it’s flipping burgers at the car show, posing for a ribbon cutting photo or checking in at the office regularly to see if there’s anything he can do to help.
“When you meet Dave, it’s evident that his heart is in Chardon and in particular the business community,” said Chamber Executive Director Stacia Clawson. “He is always someone I can count on for support and to help at our events. We are lucky to have him as an advocate for the Chamber.”
A native of Bay Village, Ohio, Lelko moved to Chardon in 1989 to become Chardon Village Manager, a title which changed to Chardon City Manager in 2000. He retired in 2011 after more than 20 years in service. In 2015 he was elected to Chardon City Council and serves as chair of the Legislative Committee in addition to Vice Chair.
These volunteers represent a wide range of involvement with their respective chambers, some having been a member and or officer or committee chairman for 20+ years and some being newly involved but each of whom has given freely of his/her time, working hard for their chambers without any expectations.
This is the twelfth year for the Chamber Bright Star Awards, and again is giving an opportunity to recognize these volunteers among their peer groups, as chamber representatives, board members and spouses will also be in attendance.
All the Bright Star photos and information from previous years is available at http://[email protected]. A link to the photos and video from this year’s event are posted on the http://www.noacc.org website.
Pictured In Cover Photo: The Chardon Area Chamber of Commerce Bright Star 2019, David Lelko, accepted his plaque, trophy and pin from Cindy Holzheimer, NOACC Executive Director and John Sobolewski, NOACC Board Chairman and Executive Director of the Fairview Park, North Coast, North Olmsted, West Shore Chambers.