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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 7B Lambert family has L providing insurance Diana Jorgenson Portota Ed)tor djorgenson@plumasnews.com Longtime loyal customers have brought Portola-based Lambert and Lambert Insur- ance Services into the 21 st century and into the hands of the second generation of Lamberts; Kirk and his wife, Dana Lambert, both of whom were born and bred in Portola. Kirk's father, Richard Lambert started the business 57 years ago with the name 'Lambert Insurance Services,' a name that changed to Lambert- Whittaker in 1963, when Bert Whittaker of Loyalton became a partner. For many years, until Whittaker retired in 1997, there were offices in both Loyalton and Portola. "When we bought Bert out and went to change the name back, 'Lambert Insurance Services' was already taken so we went with 'Lambert and Lambert,'" Kirk related. By that time, Kirk had al- ready been with the company since 1984, a commitment he made when he married Dana, his high school sweetheart, and who joined the firm a few years later. "We're a full-line insurance agency," said Lambert. "We have auto, home, business and health insurance and represent many carriers, like All State, Allied, Nationwide, Hartford, and Travelers. We're affiliated with United Valley Insurance Services, Inc., a cluster which is made up of 60 or 70 agencies throughout the state and which gives us access to all these other carriers." In addition to the personal lines (and a full range of renters insurance, RVs, boats, and the like), Lambert insures businesses like contractors and restaurants with liability insurance and handles Workers Comp insurance. The current economic crunch has not hit the per- sonal lines of insurances as much as the commercial side of their business. "Everybody's business is down. This recession has hurt everybody. Since 1984, we've see cycles and down- turns in the economy, but nothing that affected every single business, including ours," he said. The near-cessation of construction in the county accounts for much of the impact the Lamberts ex- perience, a loss of liability insurance. 'And if there are no employees, they don't need Workers Comp...' "I don't foresee building coming back to Plumas County for a while," Kirk predicted. "Not big houses, like there were," added Dana. "Not like it was," agreed Kirk. "We've just got to hang on." Plus, the Lamberts usually get new business when real estate sells, and with few home sales to report, that business is gone. Foreclo- sures also indicate a loss of local customer base, since banks and mortgage com- panies provide their own insurance. But on the upside, they are starting to get Lambert and Lambert Insurance Services Owners: Kirk and Dana Lambert 740 E. 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"We're lucky, because people have to have insur- ance," said Dana, adding that other small businesses were having a struggle. So, now just the three of them mind the insurance business: Kirk, Dana, and employee, Marcie Clark, who has been with them for the past nine years. Portola is home to the Lamberts, and they are here for good times and bad. The Lamberts have a history of community involvement, even being named 'the Family of the Year" in 1985 or '86, back when the Board of Supervisors used to choose a county family to honor. Kirk's mother, Margaret, was involved in the begin- nings of many community projects -like Railroad Days and the hospital auxiliary. Rotarians honored her for her many volunteer activities by naming the gazebo in City Park after her. Kirk's grandparents, Austin and Mildred, came to Portola in the mid '30s, when Richard was only five. Austin was a Western Pacific. employee until his retire- ment in 1963 and Mildred became active in the hospital auxiliary as well as her daughter-in-law. Margaret was an elemen- tary teacher but retired to raise her sons, Kirk and Dale (now part owner in the Graeagle Store). services since 1953 Kirk and Dana Lambert have been running the family insurance business in Portola since 1984 (Dana since 1989). They attribute their longevity to their loyal clients, who have been counting on the company since its beginning in 1953. Photo by Diana Jorgenson I Kirk has followed his mother's footstep when it comes to participating in the community and is currently a Rotarian. The couple has raised two daughters in Portola, both of whom gradu- ated from Portola High School. The eldest, Morgan, has graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising with a Busi- ness Marketing degree, while Whitney is currently study- ing to be a pharmacist at Truckee Meadows. When Whitney was young, Kirk coached softball, and thought his coaching days done when she entered high school. But she wanted to play volleyball, and the coach had moved. So he and Matt If you have time on your hands, -AlL would like to be involved in something that has meaning to you, or feel the need to support yOur community, please call the PCIRC Office, at 283-5515 for information on community volunteer programs. We need your support and so does the community. Crisis Line  Resource 283-4333 " "":" -,- Center 1-877-332-2754 or 283-5515 l A program of Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center . p, Compton took on the job. "Somebody's got to do it, so we did it and it turned out to be very successful," Kirk said. That year, the volleyball team won the North Section Championship - only the second time in Portola High School history. The experi- ence will remain a highlight in Kirk's life, as well as his daughter's. "That's a big plus," he said. Lambert is an avid moun- tain biker as well as a snow- mobiler. "I take advantage of the full range of seasons here," he laughed. Lambert & Lambert Insur- ance Services is very much a part of the community in eastern Plumas County. "We value being able to work in our local commu- nity. As a lifelong resident, I know that its loyal customers who have kept the business running," Lambert acknowl- edged. "We pride ourselves on providing good customer service and I think we've been doing that since we started." .... ...... " NorCalRescueEquine NER is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing equines from abuse, neglect, abandonment and worse. NER's main NorCalEquine Resclle goil is to heal those P.O. Box 6108 horses and adopt them Oroville, CA 95966 to loving homes. www.savethehorse.com Horses available for 530-534-7742 adoption. 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