Sequim Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce

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Calling for Nominations – Sequim Citizen of the Year

January 13th, 2017 by jodi

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!

 

Santa, elk, lights, tractors and one REALLY BIG TREE!

November 9th, 2016 by jodi

Today is the day to MARK YOUR CALENDAR for all of the upcoming events and activities that are starting this month in celebration of the holiday season, most importantly, when Santa comes to town!!

home-town-holidays-2016 Saturday, November 26th the Sequim Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce will be hosting our annual “Home Town Holidays” event.  At 1:15 p.m. the Sequim City Band will be performing and at 2 p.m. Santa will arrive into the center of town (the corner of Sequim Ave. and Washington St. – otherwise knows as Centennial Place) with his “Irrigation Royalty Elves” to delight the crowd!  Bring your cameras and charge your cell phones as Santa will be there for the better part of the afternoon for photo-ops while local artists/musicians perform in the background.

While you are there, you will be able to guess the number of lights on the giant fir tree that will be decked with holiday baubles and tinsel for all to enjoy!  At 5 p.m. there will be the ceremonial, annual tree lighting, which always thrills those in attendance.  Guessing the number of lights on the tree might be even easier once they are turned on, so your chance to enter the contest will extend past the tree lighting.  The closest guess will be awarded $100!

Immediately following the tree lighting, the Sequim Museum has organized the second annual lighted tractor parade through town called the “Sequim Tractor Cruize & Shine” harking back  to Sequim’s farming days (and showcasing current farming apparatus as well!)tractor-parade-2016

Many local businesses will be hosting special events in their stores and some will be staying open late so that you can not only kick-start your holiday shopping, but you can celebrate “Shop Local Saturday” which is also that day.  Will you already have your Christmas shopping done by that time?  Well, then perhaps you will want to make a wish list so that your late-shopping loved ones can support local, small businesses while they buy for YOU?!  In addition, you will be able to take the kids around to get started on their annual scavenger hunt game “Elk on a Shelf” which also kicks off that day!  You and your kiddos will be able to get game cards at the Home Town Holidays event or at participating business!  If you don’t know about Elk on a Shelf, click here for more details!

Looking forward to seeing all of Sequim come downtown for a lovely and well-loved tradition!

Introducing the October 2016 – ‘Shining Star’

October 7th, 2016 by jodi

Congratulations to Olympic View Inn for all that you have done to help beautify Sequim’s landscape!  Well done!

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This award is presented at a Chamber luncheon and is offered only to current members of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce.   To make a nomination please email your nominee to office@sequimchamber.com or call 360-683-6197.

Deadline for nominations is the last Friday of the month. Nominations are verified by the Chamber staff. Once nominations have been verified, the Sequim Chamber Board of Directors will then determine the selected Shining Star. The selected member will be contacted on or around the 2nd Friday each month. That member will be highlighted our monthly newsletter.

To be nominated as ‘Shining Star’, the business member should do more than open the doors for their type of business. They should do something that sets them above and beyond, such as provide outstanding customer service, show case unique products, and demonstrate Chamber & community involvement, and more!

Criteria for Shining Star Nomination

  • Must be an active member with the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce.
  • Must be in good standing.
  • Member can only be selected one (1) time per calendar year (January – December)

   And must demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Have demonstrated exceptional support to the community and the Sequim Chamber.
  • Is active as a volunteer in our community and/or frequently participates in Chamber functions.
  • Maintain a creative, innovative, or unique approach to business.
  • Provide superior customer service and/or products.
  • Exercises good business ethics
  • Illustrates progressive business attitude

Written nominations from any chamber member will be consideredoffice@sequimchamber.com

The 10th Anniversary “Business Showcase” is fast approaching!

September 2nd, 2016 by jodi

Business Showcase - free to the public If you have ever been to our annual Business Showcase (formerly “Business to Business”) you know that  to come to one location to find out what the greater Sequim area has to offer by way of businesses and services is a GREAT way to kick-start your fall.

The Business Showcase is where 40+ businesses gather in an Expo setting to show off their wares, services, specials and to generally put their face and name in front of the public for the purposes of showcasing what is special about their businesses!

As usual, the Chamber of Commerce will be hosting this event as well as organizing a fun, interactive game that could result in winning wonderful prizes. There will be food and wine available for tasting as well as a photo booth with which to add to the enjoyment of the evening.  All of this will be in addition to everything the vendors have planned for all who attend!

This year, participants will be encouraged to “Go for the Gold”, as in, find out how the participating businesses, dubbed “Team Sequim, U.S.A.”, can provide “gold-medal” customer service to take one’s life to the next level!  Participants will be delighted and entertained to see how we incorporate the Go for the Gold theme into this year’s Showcase!

  • All vendors must be Chamber members in good standing and must submit their application and fee to the Sequim Chamber office by October 14th, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

This free event will be open to the public.

DATE:  Tuesday, October 25th

TIME:  5:00-7:30 p.m.

LOCATION:  Sunland Golf & Country Club, 109 Hilltop Drive, Sequim, WA

2016 Business Showcase – Invitation to be a vendor

2016 Business Showcase Benefit Sheet and Application

LAVENDER WEEKEND is finally here!

July 14th, 2016 by jodi

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If you live in Sequim, WA you know what is about to happen!  If you are one of the thousands of out-of-town visitors that make the annual pilgrimage to Sequim, WA, you are currently filling up your water bottles, finding your best walking shoes, and packing the car for the epic trip.  If you have never been to Sequim,WA during the annual Lavender Weekend festivities, well then, you still have time to gas up the car, load up your family and friends and HEAD ON OVER!  At the time of posting this blog we still have plenty of over-night lodging available so you can even make a weekend out of it! (Reservations are STRONGLY encouraged before you arrive).

In case you’re wondering, Sequim, WA is only 56 miles from Bainbridge Island, 100 miles from Bellingham, and 54 miles from Bremerton!  As a matter of fact, we are WELL within a days drive from SO MANY places:

mileage to Sequim

And speaking of driving distance, those of you in Portland, OR; Spokane, WA; Vancouver Island, BC; well, even Idaho, you can come on over too, we will keep the light on for ya and have plenty of places for you to stay.  Come over, take a break from the heat, experience the peace and serenity of our lush, green surroundings and the strokes of purple that are painted across the fields of the greater Sequim area!  You want more excitement than that?  Well, we have so many festivals this weekend, that you won’t even be able to decide what to do first and what to see next!

Did we mention live music? You can experience a wide variety of live music at Wind Rose CellarsOlympic Lavender Festival, Jungible Summer Sessions 2016, Jazz in the Alley, Purple Haze Daze, Olympic Cellars Winery, The Sequim Lavender Festival, Washington Lavender Festival and 7 Cedars Casino , and Victor’s Lavender Farm Barn Dancez! That’s pretty EPIC!

Don’t forget about the Art Shows!  Besides the artists that will be sharing their work at all of the festivals, there are plenty of art shows to visit while you’re here!  The Museum and Art Center has a wonderful exhibit on lavender plus, you wouldn’t want to miss the Olympic Driftwood Sculptors show, the 30th Annual Quilt Show, the Lavender & Art  show and the annual ARTJam. For those who want to be entertained by art, you could head over the the Olympic Theatre Arts for their performance of Scapino!

Have you ever tried a Lavender-Raspberry Margarita?  A lavender latte?  Lavender ice cream, lemonade or lace cookies?  Well, besides the wonderfully vast opportunities that Sequim lavender offers in both decor as well as aroma-therapeutic applications (and beauty items galore!), Sequim lavender offers an opportunity to find out the difference between aromatic lavender and culinary lavender.  Did you know that lavender is actually an herb?  Did you know that culinary lavender doesn’t taste like soap?

Maybe you want to grow lavender, or learn how to distill lavender, or maybe you just want to have a wonderful new tradition to add to your life!?  Well, Sequim, WA has it all, and we’re just waiting for you to get here!

Submitted by Jodi Minker, Sequim Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center

July 14, 2016

For more information visit: Lavender Weekend website button 2016>> You can also visit or call the Visitor Information Center, 1192 E. Washington Ave. Sequim, WA, 360-683-6197. <<

>> For a .pdf of the weekend events, go to this link. <<

>> You can also visit this guest blog. <<

A Quest!

March 30th, 2016 by jodi

Birdfest Birdquest next-teaser 2016Have you seen these around in downtown Sequim businesses and wondered what might hatch from the eggs?

Well, let us ask you…Do you like art?  Do you like to have fun?  Do you like scavenger hunts, word finds, or other activities where you have to do a little sleuthing?  What if we asked if you are interested in winning a prize?  Well, if you said “yes” to any of the above, then you DEFINITELY do not want to miss this once-a-year opportunity to get out of the house, find out what hatches out of the eggs, and participate in a super-fun event that is found only in Sequim, WA!

This Friday, April 1st from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. (during the First Friday Art Walk of Sequim), the Sequim Chamber of Commerce ~ Merchant Group is hosting the 4th Annual BirdFest BirdQuest matching game.  “What is a BirdFest BirdQuest?” you might ask?  Well, it is a downtown event that is coordinated each year with the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society’s annual event, hosted at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, called Olympic Peninsula BirdFest which occurs the second weekend each April.

It’s ALSO a fun scavenger-hunt-style game that incorporates the fine, sculpture art of local teen artists from Jake Reichner’s ceramics class at Sequim High School, who have created one-of-a-kind bird sculptures which are displayed at an array of Sequim businesses.  It is you, the participant’s, job to visit Birdfest Birdquest Poster 2016and search the businesses and match the featured sculpture to the sculpture names on the game card.  Once you’ve completed the game card, you submit it to the entry box which will be at That Takes the Cake (171 W Washington St.) by 8 p.m. and YOU will be entered to win a wonderful prize package!

Don’t miss out on this fun and creative event that represents what Sequim is all about!

Game cards will be available at participating businesses as well as at That Takes The Cake.  Must be 18 years old or older to win.  No purchase necessary.

Artist info:

Birdfest Birdquest sculpture info 2016

2015 Sequim Citizen of the Year has been awarded!

February 23rd, 2016 by jodi

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.

This year the four (five) nominee finalists were: finalist nominees 2015

Last week, fifteen previous Citizen’s of the Year recipients gathered as what is known as the Citizen of the Year Committee chaired by Bill Littlejohn, committee chairman, to review all nominations. The committee was pleased to recognize the aforementioned finalists, and it was with much appreciation and accolades that the  2015 “Citizen of the Year Award” was presented today, February 23, 2016 to:

Louie Rychlik!

 Congratulations Louie!  Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for Sequim!

Pictured: 2015 Sequim Citizen of the Year recipient, Louie Rychlik and nominator Judy Reandeau-Stipe.

Pictured: 2015 Sequim Citizen of the Year recipient, Louie Rychlik and nominator Judy Reandeau-Stipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Calling for nominations! Citizen of the Year nomination forms are available starting January 1!

December 23rd, 2015 by jodi

Chamber COY logoDo you know a resident of eastern Clallam County (think Sequim School District boundaries) who has performed outstanding service to the community?  We are looking for nominations for people whose voluntary service falls above, beyond and generally outside of his or her regular occupation.

There are so many outstanding people who live among us who are contributing an extraordinary amount of effort to benefit the Sequim community.  We want to hear about these people and celebrate what they are accomplishing!

If you know of such a person, please review the enclosed guidelines and submit a nomination form (below).  Nomination forms must be filled-out completely and must be accompanied by 2-3 letters of endorsement by non-relative supporters, in order to be considered.  The deadline for submission is January 29, 2016 by 4 p.m. and must be received at the Sequim Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Information Center, 1192 E. Washington Street by that time.

Past “Citizen of the Year” recipients are not eligible.

The Citizen of the Year will be determined by the selection committee after considering the submissions and will be announced at the Sequim Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Tuesday, February 23rd.  More details about the luncheon will be posted in the new year.

Please share this with your local friends!

Nomination forms are also available at the Visitor and Information Center.

COY Nomination Form for 2015

 

                  PAST CITIZEN OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS

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

Have you ever been to the Business Showcase…?

September 25th, 2015 by jodi

Business Showcase 2015 poster FINALThe Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce organizes a wonderful annual event which showcases Chamber Member products and services to fellow businesses and the entire community.  Those who have participated either as a vendor or as part of the crowd have found it to be a great evening full of ‘show & tell’, fun, food, drinks and games all which are oriented toward familiarizing participants with what the Sequim business community has to offer!

Have you ever heard of the term “Shop Local”?  Well, it’s easier to shop locally when you know what’s available, and it’s even more fun and gratifying to shop locally when you KNOW the people with which you’re doing business.  One of the charms of living in a small town is being able to call out people by name and in return, when people know YOURS!

We bet most of your needs can be met by local area businesses and we want to help you find out HOW and WHO!

So if a free evening filled with a room of fantastic, resourceful, smart and attractive people (including you) that want to show & tell about our fantastic community resources, then this is the event for YOU!  We promise, you won’t regret it.  Did we mention the tasty morsels from local restaurants that you will get to taste-test while you are there? (And don’t forget about the fantastic prizes we will be giving away in our end-of-event drawing!)

–> Interested in being a vendor?  Find out how by clicking this link: 2015 Business Showcase Application & Cover Letter

 

SAVE THE DATE! Our Business Showcase approach-eth

August 26th, 2015 by jodi

Our 9th Annual “Business Showcase” expo has been scheduled and the date is quickly approaching! 

save the date business showcase 2015-2 This annual event is an opportunity for our member business to showcase their services and for the public (and other professionals) to learn more about what resources we have locally!

This event is always a great time, with a lot of fun, games, samples (did we hear you say wine and food?) and give-a-ways!

Booth spaces fills up fast, so be sure to let us know if you want an application.

** Sponsorship is also available.  Please call our office to inquire.  360-683-6197.

If you are a non-member business and/or general community member, we encourage you to show up and find out what all the hub-bub is about!

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