CoastHills announces election results

One new member was elected and two members were re-elected to the CoastHills Credit Union Board of Directors in members’ recent annual election.

One new members and an existing appointee were elected to the credit union’s Supervisory Committee, while another new member was appointed as a result of the changes brought about by the election.

Results were announced March 15 at the credit union’s annual meeting in Santa Maria.

Acting Board Chairman Hugh Rafferty, a longtime Orcutt resident, and Bill Anders, who’s served past terms as vice chair and secretary, were each re-elected to the board for three-year terms.

The board appointed Rafferty to continue serving as chairman until the next election in 2018.

Kris Andrews will serve as first vice chair, Bruce Coggin will sit as second vice chair, Anders will continue to serve as secretary, and Chuck Scheithauer will continue in his role as as treasurer.

Kate Griffith is the newest CoastHills director and will fill the spot vacated by Roger Welt, a retired vice president of Student Services at Hancock College who had served on the board since 2010 and did not seek re-election.

The proprietor of Flying Goat Cellars in Lompoc, Griffith was one of five challengers looking to join the board.

Since first being elected to the Supervisory Committee in 2014, she had served as the secretary of the committee, which oversees regulatory compliance, internal controls, audits and assessments.

Her move to the board of directors is what partially led to the committee changes.

Longtime Credit Union member, former military officer and current real estate broker David Myers was appointed to fill Griffith’s seat for the final year of her term.

Both Paul Klock and Lee-Volker Cox were elected to three-year terms on the five-member Supervisory Committee.

Before being elected this year, Klock had previously been appointed to fill a vacant seat and finish off the term of the retiring Pete Moeller in 2016.

Cox, a retired Air Force colonel, won a spot on the committee for the first time after spending a year as an auxiliary member.

Darrel Gabel will continue to serve as Supervisory Committee chair, and Myers will serve as secretary.

Loring Wine Co. receives Omaha trophy

Brian Loring of Loring Wine Co. recently received his trophy from a vintner competition he won last year in Omaha, Nebraska, where he’ll compete again in two months.

His trophy was hand-delivered to the Lompoc-based winery by Terri and Jack McDonnell, co-founders of the Pinot, Pigs & Poets fundraiser, where Loring’s 2014 Clos Pepe Vineyard pinot noir tested above more than 50 other pinot noir wines last June.

The McDonnells co-founded the event with Jody and Gayle Carstens and Cindy and Brian Leiferman to support the Omaha-based nonprofit Completely KIDS weekend and after-school food programs.

“The quality of the wines at Pinot, Pigs & Poets are outstanding and get better every year,” said Matthew Brown, general manager and sommelier for V.Mertz, an Omaha restaurant.

“The winner of the 2016 vintner competition, Loring Wine Co. 2014 Clos Pepe, is another great example.”

Clos Pepe was selected during a double-blind tasting of 51 pinot noir wines by a panel of local sommeliers and industry professionals.

Loring plans to compete again June 1 at the eighth annual Pinot, Pigs & Poets, is one of Omaha’s premier wine and food events.