Edmonds Chamber of Commerce President Ron Clyborne was honored by the Edmonds Daybreakers Rotary Club Tuesday morning for his years of service to Edmonds, and the tireless community booster said the honor couldn’t have come at a better time.
The Daybreakers Rotary Foundation Chair David Niven presented Clyborne with a Paul Harris Fellowship award, named in honor of Rotary founder Paul Harris, and the Daybreakers also named Clyborne the Daybreakers’ 2012 Professional of the Year.
Clyborne, who along with his wife and business partner Michelle are Windermere Real Estate brokers, is actively involved in many civic organizations in addition to his chamber work. He said that when he received a phone call about the awards, he had been working on some challenging issues that had left him drained and tired. “It comes at a time that totally rejuvenates me,” Clyborne said.
A Chamber Board member for 10 years, Clyborne is well known for his efforts to organize and maintain one of Edmonds’ best-known annual events — the 4th of July Parade and Fireworks — even when other communities canceled their celebrations due to the recent economic downturn. “His commitment promotes the patriotic and family values that are a vital part of the character of the city of Edmonds,” said the Daybreakers’ Jim Blossey in making the Professional of the Year award presentation along with Daybreakers President Dennis Johnson.
The award is “presented in recognition of your outstanding adherence to and promotion of high ethical standards in your business dealings and your preeminent contributions to addressing societal needs in our community,” Blossey noted.
Clyborne was cited for his myriad efforts, including:
– Taking a leadership role in developing the Edmonds Center for the Arts, where he continues to serve on the board.
– Actively supporting, along with his wife Michelle, the Edmonds Community College Foundation.
– As a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving as a Vice Commander of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post and supporting Edmonds Community College’s “Boots to Books” program. Clyborne also belongs to Edmonds’ American Legion Post 66.
“Thank you for this honor,” Clyborne said in a brief speech after receiving the awards. “I’m humbled but also inspired by what you’ve done.”