History was made in Rancho Bernardo Tuesday night when Michael Rouleau was named honorary mayor ’Äî making him and wife, Maureen, the first husband and wife to hold the title.
2011 Rancho Bernardo Honorary Mayor Michael Rouleau, left, is congratulated by fellow candidates Kamala Johnson and Larry Herring immediately after it was announced Tuesday night that Rouleau won the fundraiser contest. Photo by Elizabeth Marie Himchak
His wife was Rancho Bernardo Honorary Mayor in 2004. He owns Michael Joseph Salon & Spa and she has the Protravel International agency in RB.
The fundraiser contest, started 20 years ago by then-Rancho Bernardo Chamber of Commerce (later San Diego North Chamber of Commerce) was organized for the first time by Rancho Bernardo Business Association. The chamber turned the competition over to the business group earlier this year.
RBBA President Larry McIntyre said with $7,600 raised by the three candidates ’Äî Rouleau, Larry Herring and Kamala Johnson ’Äî it ’Äúwent very well.’Äù
The money will be divided between the Miss Rancho Bernardo pageant, Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation and RBBA.
’ÄúI’Äôm extremely pleased with how much money was raised,’Äù McIntyre said. ’ÄúThe candidates did such a great job selling tickets.’Äù
McIntyre said he was also impressed by the efforts made by candidates to attract supporters, including Herring who raised $6,000 worth of donated prizes to augment the three RBBA presented via a drawing to ballot purchasers.
’ÄúThat’Äôs unbelievable,’Äù McIntyre said of Herring’Äôs efforts.
Rouleau’Äôs duties will include attending RBBA functions like its monthly mixers and ribbon cuttings at RBBA member businesses. When not available, Herring and Johnson ’Äî named deputy honorary mayors ’Äî will fill in, McIntyre said. All were presented with medallions after the announcement at Savour RB.
As for the fourth annual food tasting event attended by hundreds at the Courtyard by Marriott, McIntyre said, ’ÄúEverything went terrific. I’Äôve heard absolutely nothing but kind words said by everybody.’Äù
He said the 17 participating restaurants and businesses were ’Äúawesome.’Äù They were Barons Marketplace, The Barrel Room, BatterUp! Cupcakes, Bernard’ÄôO Restaurant, Bernardo Winery, Bite of Boston, Cafˆ© Merlot, Carvers Steaks & Chops, Casa de las Campanas, Coldstone Creamery, Courtyard by Marriott, Hawaiian Spring Water, Hooters, Jersey Mike’Äôs, Saigon Bistro & Grill, Souplantation and Urge American Gastropub.
’ÄúEveryone had a great time,’Äù McIntyre said. ’ÄúIt was very successful and (businesses) either ran out or had very little left at the end.’Äù
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Power outage does not dim Rancho Bernardo honorary mayor party
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
A lack of electricity did not keep around 100 locals from attending a Rancho Bernardo honorary mayor party for Michael Rouleau on Thursday evening.
’ÄúIt was pretty unbelievable,’Äù Rouleau said. ’ÄúIt was the only big party I planned.’Äù
Had the party not continued at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo, candidate Rouleau said he would have had a hard time getting another together before the contest’Äôs conclusion on Tuesday night.
Rancho Bernardo Business Association has organized the contest. The winner ’Äî one of three candidates ’Äî will be announced on Tuesday at the fourth annual Savour RB. Money raised through the contest will benefit the Miss Rancho Bernardo pageant, Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation grant program and RBBA.
Melissa Porzak, who helped plan the party, said club management called shortly after San Diego County lost electricity around 3:40 p.m. to notify party organizers of the situation. With much of the food already prepared, she said club staff was able to serve the appetizers that included fruits and cheeses, along with shrimp and crab cakes that were already cooked and kept warm in chafing dishes. The entire event was moved out to the club’Äôs patio.
The band also had to quickly adapt. Without microphones or electricity to play the bass and two acoustic guitars, Porzak said her daughter-in-law, singer and guitarist Stevie Porzak, and band mates turned their performance into an acoustic one. Attendees were so impressed that the group was hired for two upcoming gigs, she added.
As for telling the 150 who sent in an RSVP, Porzak said most were told via cell phone that the party was still on and about two-thirds of those expected attended. The rest were reportedly caught in the countywide traffic snarl.
’ÄúI’Äôm very thankful it was a success,’Äù Rouleau said. ’ÄúIt’Äôs really cool people came anyway.’Äù
Despite the power outage, Rouleau said all present were in a great mood, especially after drinking a couple glasses of wine.