Sequim Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce

– “Shining Star” – Business of the Month

Calling for Nominations – Sequim Citizen of the Year

Created in 1968, the Citizen of the Year Award was designed to recognize those individuals who contribute to the betterment of our community. Former Mayor, Peter Black was the first recipient of the award, and all of the other past recipients will soon be listed on the Sequim Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Announcement of the availability of applications begins each winter. Nominations are made by members of the community and the selection of the finalists for Citizen of the Year is made by a panel composed of past recipients of the Award. Finalists are chosen based on their history of outstanding volunteer service to the Sequim community. Selection is a tremendous honor. We always receive many wonderful nominations, and the selection process is a difficult one, given the large number of citizens who give so much of themselves every year. Our community salutes and gives thanks to everyone who was nominated.

Nominees have to be residents of Eastern Clallam County (living within the Sequim School District area) in order to be considered and nomination is made by the completion of an application accompanied by two required letters of endorsement.  Nominees shall be persons who have performed outstanding service to the community, and service rendered by such nominees shall be above, beyond, and generally outside the regular occupation of the nominee.  The nomination process closes on the last business day each January and the nominees are recognized and winner announced at the second Chamber luncheon in February (always the 4th Tuesday in February).

Sometimes, two persons working jointly in a community project or projects may be nominated to receive a joint award.

To make a nomination, please complete the application form.  Completed applications are due January 31, 2017 by 4 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, 1192 E. Washington St. or by mail, Attn:  Sequim Chamber of Commerce – Citizen of the Year, PO Box 907, Sequim, WA 98382.  Call our office for more information, 683-6197.

1968 Peter Black 1993 Paul Higgins
1969 Carl Klint 1994 Rand Thomas
1970 Virginia Keeting 1995 Rochelle McHugh
1971 Virginia Peterson 1996 Esther Heuhslein Nelson
1972 Tom Groat 1997 Annette Hanson
1973 None 1998 Jim & Cathy Carl
1974 Katie & Bill Merrill 1999 Bill Fatherson
1975 Jerry Anjuili 2000 Robert Clark
1976 Chuck Southern, 2001 Don Knapp
Howard Wood & 2002 Gil Oldenkamp
Lorna  McInnes 2003 John Beitzel
1977 Nellie Tetrude 2004 Emily Westcott
1978 Marcia Welch 2005 Lee Lawrence
1979 Ruby Trotter 2006 Bob & Elaine Caldwell
1980 Iris Marshall 2007 Stephen Rosales
1981 Howard Herrett 2008 Walt & Sherry Schubert
1982 Guy Shepherd 2009 Tom Schaafsma
1983 Don & Vivian Swanson 2010 Jim Picket
1984 Bill & Shirley Keeler 2011 Dick Hughes
1985 Ed & Marcia Beggs 2012 Kevin Kennedy
1986 Ruby Mantle 2013 Gary Smith
1987 Jeff Shold 2014 Cliff Vining – Posthumous
1988 Annette Kuss 2015 Louie Rychlik
1989 Jim Haynes Humanitarian Award Recipients:  
1990 Bill & Judy Rowland 2007 Bill & Esther Littlejohn
1991 Nina Fatherson 2008 Brown & Sarah Maloney
1992 Bud Knapp 2012 R. Leo Shipley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, a special congratulations to all that were nominated for this prestigious award and for gracing Sequim with such wonderful talent, care and service!

 

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