Restaurant owners and community supporters Chuck and Sandy Chronis received the Vocational Service Award of the Rotary Club of Vancouver today at a noon luncheon at the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay. The Vocational Service Award recognizes an individual in our community who exemplifies outstanding commitment to their business or profession, over a significant number of years, leaving a lasting positive influence on their vocational area and the community in general, and who reflects the values of Rotary.
Chuck and Sandy Chronis have owned Chronis’ Restaurant and Lounge in downtown Vancouver for decades. For the past 28 years, they have generously opened their restaurant on Thanksgiving for anyone needing a meal. About 11 years ago, they extended the tradition to Christmas when they recognized it is harder for people to get a good meal on that day. These events draw hundreds of attendees and dedicated volunteers.
For Thanksgiving, pictures are taken and attendees leave with a photo in hand and extra food for those at home unable to join them. At Christmas, each child leaves with a gift, and others are offered a warm scarf, hat and gloves.
“Everyone is welcome here. This event is important to us; we hear so many stories about how people have been touched by this. That’s what makes it worth it!” stated Chuck, who was unable to attend the luncheon. Bill Marshall, past award winner and representative of the nominating group, the Liars’ Club, spoke about Chuck and Sandy at the luncheon.