Distinguished Citizens Annual Banquet

The Hermiston Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors will be hosting the 51st Annual Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet on February 24. The format of the event will be altered from what it’s looked like in the past. After all, we are celebrating the year 2020!
What you can expect:

The event will be live streamed with award recipients, their families, and presenters of the awards in person following CDC guidelines. All other community members will be able to view the banquet via online streaming (see link ). The Hermiston School District has kindly stepped up to provide this service to our community.

(Thank you, Hermiston School District 8R!)

We hope that you grab dinner from your favorite local eatery and stream the 2021 Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet on Wednesday, February 24th. The event will begin online 6:45 pm.

Man of the Year Recipients

  • 1970 Richard Earnheart
  • 1971 Richard Snyder
  • 1972 D.W. “Bud” Bits*
  • 1973 Jack Na«
  • 1974 Frank M. Wals
  • 1975 Roy Pennev
  • 1976 Ed Lynch
  • 1977 Darrell Maxwell
  • 1978 Roy Skarloken
  • 1979 R.R. “Whitey” Schroth
  • 1980 Charlie Anson
  • 1981 Tom Harper
  • 1982 Eldon Wahner
  • 1983 Norm Schroth
  • 1984 Marvin John. M.D.
  • 1985 Dale Chapman
  • 1986 John Walchli
  • 1987 Frank Harkenrider
  • 1988 Joe Burns
  • 1989 RussDorran
  • 1990 Alan Langenwalter
  • 1991 Thomas Davidson
  • 1992 Carlisle Harrison
  • 1993 Giles. Leon & Don Shockman
  • 1994 Tom Gilleese
  • 1995 Chuck Norris
  • 1996 Jerry Sobotta
  • 1997 Bob Severson
  • 1998 Harmon Springer
  • 1999 Bryan Wolfe
  • 2000 FredZiari
  • 2001 John Spomer
  • 2002 Steve Wilcox
  • 2003 Gary Reed
  • 2004 Rod Bragato
  • 2005 Steve Watkinds
  • 2006 Spike Piersol
  • 2007 Glen Chownmg
  • 2008 Darrell Sallee
  • 2009 Dennis Barnett
  • 2010 Chet Prior
  • 2011 Rick Sherman
  • 2012 Dave Drotzmann
  • 2013 Jer Pratton
  • 2014 George Anderson
  • 2015 Phil Hamm
  • 2016 Patrick Hart
  • 2017 Roger Bounds
  • 2018 Ford Bonney
  • 2019 Lou Lyons  

Woman of the Year Recipients

  • 1970 Matilda Russel
  • 1971 Barbara Lynch
  • 1972 Evangeline John
  • 1973 Linda Gilleese
  • 1974 Ruth G Dana
  • 1975 Beverty Brewer
  • 1976 Jeannelle Sa Doe
  • 1977 Elmo Bloom
  • 1978 Doris Bounds
  • 1979 Martha Larive
  • 1983 Rachel Jackson
  • 1981 Betty Ditton
  • 1982 Frances Holohan
  • 1983 Barbara Hiatt
  • 1984 Vera Hector
  • 1985 Helen M Adams
  • 1986 Betty Crampton
  • 1987 Karen Logan
  • 1988 Margaret Saylor
  • 1989 Donna Myers
  • 1990 Karen Bounds
  • 1991 Jacqueline Page
  • 1992 Judy Bracher
  • 1993 Betty Higgenbotham
  • 1994 Barbara Bennen
  • 1995 Betty Lou Norris
  • 1996 Birgitta Lamb
  • 1997 Pat Wheelhouse
  • 1998 Mary Ann Farney
  • 1999 Patsy Keimig
  • 2000 Brenda Turner
  • 2001 Angela Pursel
  • 2002 Cathy Michael
  • 2003 Karen Sherman
  • 2004 Leslie Weimer
  • 2005 Edith Holt
  • 2006 Connie Ferranti
  • 2007 Ann Fialka
  • 2008 Teresa Moncrief
  • 2009 Cathy Barnett
  • 2010 Lou Ann Wolfe
  • 2011 Jeanne Jewett
  • 2012 Ginny Holthus
  • 2013 Mary Corp
  • 2014 Shirley Parsons
  • 2015 Debbie Pedro
  • 2016 Liz Marvin
  • 2017 Chris Finley
  • 2018 Shawn Lockwood
  • 2019 Cindy Meyers

 

Award of Merit Recipients

  • 2002 Luther Fitch

  • 2003 Mark O Jones and Stanley Stradley

  • 2004 Henry Frischmuth

  • 2005 CAPECO

  • 2006 JanSchroth

  • 2007 Betty Noack 20C8 Robert Luke

  • 2009 Good Shepherd Community Health Foundation

  • 2010 Dave Hughes

  • 2011 Healthy Communities Coalition

  • 2012 Kay Burns Bennett

  • 2013 Virginia Rome Garcia

  • 2014 Tom Denchel Ford Country

  • 2015 Hermiston School District

  • 2016 Charles Clupney

  • 2017 Alice Newman & Walmart DC

  • 2018 Walmart Distribution Center

  • 2019 Michelle Hankinson

Spirit of Excellence Recipients

  • 2012 LKelly Sanders
  • 2013 Carl Holt
  • 2014 Teresa Moncrief
  • 2015 Robert Green
  • 2016 Jereme Smith

Laureate Award Recipients

  • 2017 Representative Greg Smith