A Woman of Distinction


____ E T Russell,    The prestigious ‘Women of Distinction’ Award was awarded to Elaine Tennity of Big Bear Lake at the ‘Women of Distinction’ Awards Ceremony and Dinner, Friday June 20th. The 2014 ‘Women of Distinction’ Awards Ceremony was a special event, as honorees and guests celebrated its 10th Anniversary. After Bill Emerson’s resignation from the California 63rd District, newly elected Assemblyman Michael Morrell presented the honorees with their awards.


The annual ‘Women of Distinction’ event celebrates extraordinary women who have selflessly given of themselves to serve others through community service or civic involvement. Over the years more than 500 women have been honored throughout the region.

Every year, cities, chambers, past winners, and non-profit groups are asked to submit nominations for those they feel deserve to be honored as a Women of Distinction for their commitment to helping others. Out of the many nominations from several desert and mountain communities, 50 women were chosen to be honored at the 2014 ceremony.


Elaine Tennity was an educator, previously to her and husband Tom relocating to Big Bear Lake.  Right away, Elaine got acquainted agencies, service organizations and businesses in the community. She’s been supportive of citizen groups with the fire departments, school programs and drug and alcohol prevention groups.


Tennity was one of several founders of the Big Bear Valley Hummingbird Project, Incorporated, a 501 3 c non-profit organization, that serves low-to-moderate income families. For more than ten years, Tennity has organized and operated the Big Bear Valley Hummingbird Project store, located in Big Bear City.  Tennity estimates that the Project has helped more than 2500 children and their families.


Elaine Tennity recognized for her commitment to various volunteerism and memberships in various community projects, especially those that benefited families with school-age children. Her achievements are:




American Association of University Women (AAUW) President, Sugarloaf Property Owners Association President,  Measure Q community volunteer,  Kiwanis of Big Bear, Big Bear Computer Club, Friends of the Library, Big Bear Zoo Docent, Bear Valley Collaborative, COAD, BVUSD Healthy Start,  Breakthrough Task Force, Big Bear Chamber of Commerce.




Mountain Communities Health Fair, Big Bear Chamber events, Soroptimist International of Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino County community service programs with the Big Bear Valley Hummingbird Project.


Participated with:  OJT Community Service (on-the-job) training program for adults and youth, Cal Works (when it was in effect) coordinated food banks,  Kiwanis Gift for Kids Program donating clothing and Thanksgiving Turkey baskets to families need, as well as with local agencies and churches. 

Financial assistance with tuition for children to go to after school and/or school break activities, school supplies, haircuts, and shoes to low income children.  Each year a scholarship is awarded to a graduating Big Bear High School Senior.  These activities are made possible through the contributions of the Big Bear Valley Hummingbird Project, Incorporated.  



City of Big Bear Lake and San Bernardino County Grant Writing received Cash Awards.  Big Bear Chamber 2012 Best of Non-profits - The Hummingbird Project, Bear Valley Unified School District Scholarship Program Awards



University of California BA in Business/Education, Los Angeles MA in School Administration Cal Lutheran, Moorpark Teaching credentials for K-12, Counseling credential. School Administration credentials.