The Ridgecrest Area Conventions and Visitors Bureau recognized one former board member and another outgoing one during its May meeting on Wednesday morning the Kerr McGee Center.
Both Harris Brokke, who is leaving the board and Ridgecrest City Councilman Eddie Thomas, who stepped down earlier this year, were presented plaques noting their years of service.
RACVB Executive Director Doug Lueck said that Brokke’s award was for his years of service to the RACVB — from 2013 to 2018, while Thomas was recognized for his years of service from 2014 to 2018.
“I have to say that when Harris came into my office back in 2008, he’s been a big support,” Lueck said. At the time, Brokke was the executive director of the Maturango Museum, before he served on the board. That support included going to film and travel shows to represent the Ridgecrest area, as well as the annual Petroglyph Festival since it started in 2014. “He’s put a lot of money as well as time into this organization.”
Lueck noted that Thomas has always been a strong supporter of the RACVB, with board member Ghanshyam Popat calling him “the voice of reason.”