Congratulations to longtime Lake Arrowhead resident and activist (in her own way) Carol Banner who was recently honored by the members of the Rim O’the World Association of Realtors. She was designated as a member of the organization for life.
Carol has been a longtime resident of Lake Arrowhead (try about 50 years) and for many of those years she has given countless hours to the mountain communities she loves. People give their time and efforts to organizations they believe in, unless they’re doing it to make the “big bucks.” Carol would laugh at this quote because she has given and given and given hours of her time……………and I sincerely doubt she has ever seen “big bucks” personally from her efforts, nor would she expect them.
Throughout the decades Carol has taken on some serious positions, not the least of which was serving on the Rim of the World School Board for eight years. I remember Carol when she served and frankly, I think anyone who volunteers to serve on a school board really should have a psychological evaluation. It is, generally speaking, a thankless job. You know that no matter how difficult the issue you’re going to make at least half the population mad by the vote you make. Having been to many board meetings when Carol was a board member I can attest to the fact that she took her job very seriously at a time when there were enormous changes going on in the school district. Much like today she and the other board members had to make difficult decisions over and over again but she, and they, just like every school board, made those decisions.
Carol and her husband Dwayne were also instrumental in the formation of the Rim of the World Park and Recreation District in the 1980s. At the time the fledgling district had no funding but they, as well as several other community-minded residents, got the program going and the public interested in having recreation facilities, particularly for the families that were moving into the mountains. Dwayne became one of the first elected members of the recreation board. Today, the district is called the Rim of the World Recreation and Park District and the board members, employees and residents have Carol and Dwayne to thank in great measure, for the formation and the continuation of the district.
The Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce has also seen years and years of Carol Banner. She is particularly interested in government affairs and how they affect the mountain communities. She has chaired that committee for many years. Carol keeps abreast on decisions either being considered or approved by the county, state and federal governments and the potential those decisions might have particularly on the Lake Arrowhead communities.
Both Carol and Duane have been acknowledged by the Lake Arrowhead Chamber of Commerce for their years of dedicated service and a few years ago they were honored as the Citizens of the Year for Lake Arrowhead. It was a glorious evening at the Lake Arrowhead Resort.
While some people step easily into awards and they do things to get accolades the Banner’s (collectively) have earned every single one they have received throughout the years. She can now add her newest award, from the Association of Realtors, to her long list of accomplishments.