For decades, the Chamber has recognized deserving businesses, individuals, and organizations through its annual awards program.
The community was invited to submit nominations and, following a rigorous process, dozens of nominees were narrowed to just three in each category. Chamber members received ballots to vote for the annual awards in early November. As always, ballots will be mailed to all members in good standing; each Chamber member receives one vote per category.
The majority vote by the membership determines the award winners. The winners will be announced at the Annual Awards Gala held at Little Creek Casino Resort’s Skookum Event Center on Friday, January 17, 2020.
Business of the Year recognizes the company that made the most significant contribution benefiting the Shelton and Mason County business community. Any size business is eligible; recognition will be given overall contributions to improving our community and/or business climate. This business must be a member in good standing of the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce and should be headquartered in Mason County.
Who can be nominated? Professional services, retailers, restaurants, etc. 2018 Business of the Year went to Sierra Pacific Industries.
Rookie of the Year celebrates a business who has opened a storefront or began operation within the past 24 months. The recipient should fulfill a gap in services/retail/operations and benefit the Mason County community at large. This business should be headquartered in Mason County and must be a member in good standing.
Who can be nominated? Professional services, retailers, restaurants, etc. 2018 Rookie of the Year was Northwest Clothing Co.
Boss of the Year recognizes and individual who empowers employees, is an example of leadership and management excellence, and maintains excellent employer-employee relations. The honoree must represent a Chamber member business. Nominations may only be made be made by an individual who works for the nominee.
Who can be nominated? Supervisors, managers, owners, etc. 2018 Boss of the Year was awarded to Kevin & Kathy Dorcy.
Citizen of the Year recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to enhance the business community and the community at large. This person gives freely of their time, talent, energy and expertise. This person must either live or work in Mason County.
Who can be nominated? Any individual, whether affiliated with a business or retired. 2018 Citizen of the Year was awarded to Tom Beben.
Community Supporter of the Year recognizes a nonprofit organization who strongly impacts Mason County through service, volunteerism, donations (monetarily and/or in-kind), and activism. This organization must be a member in good standing of the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce and should be headquartered in Mason County.
Who can be nominated? Fraternal organizations, service clubs, community foundations, etc. This award is new for 2019.
President's Choice recognizes contributions to the Chamber or the community and is selected annually by the President of the Chamber Board of Trustees. 2018 President’s Choice was awarded to Ray Frederick.
Volunteer of the Year recognizes an individual who has largely contributed to the Chamber’s programs and activities. This is someone who has given their time, talent, energy and expertise in an effort to enhance the business community and the community at large. This person must serve on one or more Chamber committees. In 2019, Chamber staff will select the recipient based upon participation, volunteerism, and overall contribution to the Chamber and its programs. 2018 Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Teresa Gilman.