In 2009 the Rotary Club of Evergreen awarded its first annual ‘Ethics in Business Award.’ Each year since, Rotary Club members have nominated businesses and business professionals for the award that they believe comply with Rotary International’s Four-way Test, as follows:
Of the things we think, say or do:
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Nominees may be Rotary club members or non-club members. Each nominee is interviewed by Rotary’s vocational committee and the committee then selects a winner. The award comes with a $500 prize to donate to the charity of their choice.
This year's nominees were:
- Pandora and John Erlandson of PandoraJohn Properties
- Susan Hammond, Endless Travel
- Dr. Marsha Manning
- Dustin and Ariane Speck, of Da Kind Soups
- Greg Thomas of Evergreen Discount Liquors
- Bart Corfee of Corfee & Associates
- Jeff and Bev Sprout, of the Evergreen Dental Group
Past winners of Rotary’s ‘Ethics in Business Award’ are:
- 2009 - Wycoff Mortgage Associates
- 2010 - Big O Tires of Evergreen
- 2011 - Rising Graphics and Printing
- 2012 - Bits and Pieces
- 2014 - Tallgrass Spa and Salon
- 2015 - Mountain Home
- 2016 - Tuscany Tavern
John and Pandora are engaged, energetic and passionate about their business, their community and their lives.
John, a singer/songwriter in addition to working in Evergreen as a Realtor, has long been a fixture in the music scene, putting together more than 60 benefit concerts in the last 20 years, including the Thanksgiving Show for EChO for the last 16 years.
Pandora has been involved in the non-profit world prior to real estate, as a development director for Habitat for Humanity and created neighborhood charity events such as Genesee Entertains.
Together they have put their talents and philanthropic hearts together as part of PandoraJohn Properties, sponsoring a variety of charitable events, making donations to local charities with each closing, in addition to producing benefit events in partnership with friends, volunteers and local businesses. There is nothing more rewarding to them than creating an opportunity to bring people together to build community and to help those who need it most.
The creation of the Boogie at the Barn music/benefit series has been particularly rewarding, raising over $70,000 for organizations like EAPL, MALT, MRC, Special Needs, Crutches for Africa and more. John also produced “Originals” in support of the Center for the Arts capital campaign for the new art center.
Pandora, lover of all things outdoors, serves on the Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) board, in addition to the Leadership Evergreen board.
In their business and their lives, collaboration and community has been a cornerstone, while holding fast to what the Rotary stands for – truth, fairness and goodwill. “This award is such an honor, and far more meaningful than any business award for production or sales volume. Pandora and I are extremely grateful,” says John.