Chamber awards Sept. 2 |

Chamber awards Sept. 2

Staff reports

The Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Authority is gearing up for the annual Community Service Awards Sept. 2 at The Golf Club at Genoa Lakes.

Every year, the chamber presents community awards to service organizations, businesses and individuals, recognizing “outstanding service to our community and to humanity.”

Nominees are chosen by chamber members and members of the community.

– The Outstanding Service Organization is nominated for “creative service projects and for their success in reaching service goals. They are recognized for their outstanding service to the community and to humanity.” This year’s nominees are Active 20-30 Club, Carson Valley Sertoma, and Soroptimist International of Carson Valley.

– The Citizen of the Year is nominated because of “high standards of personal integrity. They have exemplified service to the community above self and have made outstanding contributions to the community.” This year’s nominees are Ed Atencio, Stevie Henderson, Debra Lang and Jay Lather.

– The Business Person of the Year is nominated because of their “high standards of business integrity. They make outstanding contributions to the business community through efforts in leading and/or conducting their business.” This year’s nominees are Sandy Cable, executive director of the Douglas County Building Industry Association; Jessica Jensen, loan officer; and Ray Lummus, owner of Draperies by Lummus.

– The Business of the Year is nominated because of their “outstanding positive economic impact on the community. They are successful businesses that have provided outstanding service to the community.” This year’s nominees are Carson Valley Garden and Ranch Center, Coldwell Banker ITILDO, Inc., and Stockdale and Crum.

Three new awards have been added to the community awards roster this year:

– The Environmental Excel-lence award is a business nominated for “maintaining economic viability with respect for the Sierra environment, through waste management and production ingenuity.” The nominees are Don Bently, owner of Bently Agrowdynamics and Bently Biodynamics; Carson Valley Inn and Full Circle Compost owners, Craig and Caren Witt.

– The Outstanding Young Citizen of the Year is nominated for their “commitment to their community and setting examples for other young adults to follow.” The nominees are Erin Bell, Rebecca Rippee and Julie Robison, all 1999 Douglas High School graduates.

– The Agricultural Award goes to a business person with “high standards of business integrity. They have made outstanding contributions to the community through their efforts in the agriculture industry.” The nominees are Bently Agrow-dynamics; Jacques Etchegoyhen; and David and Kathi Hussman.

Ballots are due tomorrow, Aug. 19. To RSVP for the Sept. 2 banquet call the chamber by 5 p.m. Aug. 27 at 782-8144.

Tickets are $25 per person and the public is invited.