Peiffle named citizen of the year

ARLINGTON — Steve Peiffle quit the chamber’s board of directors at the end of 2007 after nearly 25 years on the board. He was president of the Arlington chamber in 1986.

“They don’t award anyone on the board so I had to quit to be Citizen of the Year,” said Peiffle who works by day with Bailey, Duskin, Peiffle and Canfield, PS.

That’s what he told the crowd of nearly 70 people after he was named Citizen of the Year by the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, Feb. 28.

Perhaps the longest running director of both chambers, Arlington and Smokey Point, before they merged, Peiffle continued on the board through 2007 after assisting with the merger.

The surprise presentation was made by George Boulton, also a former Citizen of the Year, who revealed a lot of “secrets” about Peiffle found on the World Wide Web.

“Nobody is private anymore,” Boulton said. In his research he learned that, along with being named Super Attorney of the Year at the end of 2008, Peiffle is also a published poet, a member of the board for Housing Hope, and a former president of the Arlington Kiwanis Club. Of course, Boulton knew that being a Kiwanian himself. After identifying himself as a Cougar, Boulton acknowledged Peiffle’s affiliation with the University of Washington.

“Even though he is a Husky, he deserves this award,” Boulton said, identifying Peiffle’s biggest accomplishment in the past year, as the annexation of Island Crossing.

“It only took 16 years,” Boulton noted.

Peiffle’s partner at the law firm, David Duskin, who was named Citizen of the Year in 1993, agreed that Peiffle deserved the award.

“He gave a lot of time to the chamber through the years and helped write the bylaws for the merger,” Duskin said. “They didn’t mention his service to the TRAP committee to get the 172nd overpass done, and they didn’t mention the Super Attorney award. Steve was emcee of many chamber functions through the years.”

Duskin said the office was a bit of an uproar when the chamber called and asked them to make sure that Peiffle was at the banquet.

“There’s nothing I could do since I was in Hawaii until the day of the event,” Duskin said. “I guess Damon convinced Steve to be his date.”

Morse said the chamber was pleased to honor Peiffle for his many years of service.

The banquet/auction raised $10,500 for the chamber’s budget by selling an assortment of overnight getaways near home and over the mountains as well as massages, lotions, a year of bouquets, and other useful items donated by local business owners.

“Even though our numbers were down, we did OK,” said Julie Morse, the coordinator of the event.

She said thanks to all the volunteers, including Lakewood High School students Nik Borisov, Yvette Kelp and Lacey Nation, who served as Vanas for the auction. She explained that they would have an advantage for the chamber’s scholarships.

“We need our youth to go out and get educated so they can come back home to work here in Arlington.”

Publisher of The Arlington Times, Stuart Chernis, was at his first Arlington chamber banquet.

“It was a fun night,” he said. “The numbers would have been higher if they had included wine with the $60 admission.”

Morse was also very happy with the quality of music provided by the Zane Rudolph Trio.

“A lot of people mentioned how good the music was,” she said.

Indeed, there was even some dancing going on.

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