January 20, 2021
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Cotati Chamber of Commerce hands out awards

  • Citizen of the year Barbara Jean Veronda, Business of the year Loud and Clear Music with Neville Hormuz and Ambassador of the Year Fran and George Russell from New Hope Church. Photo courtesy of Dave Wasson

March 13, 2020

Barbara known as “Bobbie” Veronda is the definition of a local being born in Petaluma and attended Cotati Elementary going on to SF State and SSU. Veronda volunteers for many organizations such as the Bird Rescue Center and the Society of Sonoma County fostering dogs, cats especially newborn kittens. Veronda is also a board member for the Cotati Historical Society.

Loud and Clear opened ten years ago after taking the old Zone Music store and making it into a storefront that would focus on commercial audio-visual installation. It didn’t take long before Neville with wife Marie and a handful of employees started to sell their unused instruments. Soon it expanded its space and added employees. It soon began to offer music and “band camp” classes. Loud and Clear hosts a fundraiser every month for local animal-focused non-profits such as the “Re-String Your Thing” who invite musicians to bring their instruments in for a re-string in exchange for a donation to the nonprofit. On these special days, all of the profits go to dogs, cats, birds and bunnies. Loud and Clear also generously donated equipment to musicians that lost everything in the fires, raised money for schools and helped fund the Rotary Backpack program that led to being given the Rotary’s Service Above Self award from the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati.

New Hope Church has hosted and volunteered at events for the Cotati Chamber of Commerce. Pastor George and wife Fran have been ministering to the community of Cotati, Rohnert Park and parts of Sonoma County for 30 years. They have been involved in food giveaways, reaching out to the police and fire departments, the Thomas Page Academy and the senior center of Charles St.