By Katrina Van Duzee/Garden Grove Journal
Afternoon teatime and silver spoons may be traditions of the past, but Sunday the Women’s Division of the Garden Grove Chamber will host its annual Silver Spoon Tea honoring local nonprofit volunteers.
“Our mission is to improve the community to the best of our ability and honor the many wonderful nonprofit groups in Garden Grove,” president of the women’s division, Denise Clynes said.
The 47-year-old tradition takes place every April, during which members of local community service organizations are awarded for their contributions to the city.
Honorees are presented with a sterling silver spoon pin and certificates from the local legislators at the tea party as a way of saying thanks, Clynes said.
Although silver spoons are not as popular today as they once were, the women’s division hands them out as a representation of how the volunteers dish out time and energy into the community one spoonful at a time, Clynes said.
This year 28 spoons are being awarded to various individuals who were nominated for the award by members within their organizations.
“We want to applaud the top volunteers from these organizations who are helping spoon happiness into people’s lives,” Clynes said.
The event usually draws a crowd of around 400 people and will take place at the Embassy Suites in Garden Grove at 2 p.m.
“The Tea is a unique way to honor Garden Grove citizens that have gone above and beyond the call of volunteering,” Clynes said.
Past recipients have come from various groups such as the Sister City Association of Garden Grove, the American Cancer Society and the Boys and Girls Club of America, Clynes said.
Previous recipient of the award and member of the women’s division Dorie Devine, is one of the 28 set to receive a spoon this year for over 30 years of work within the chamber of commerce.
“I have been vice president many times and I have done all kinds of work,” Devine said about her nomination.
The nonprofit groups use their own criteria to judge who should receive the award and once nominated the candidates automatically receive the award.
“I am very humbled and grateful to receive the award from a wonderful bunch of women,” Devine said.
Tickets for the event can be purchased for $22. Contact the chamber’s office at (714) 638-7950 for details.