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!