Chamber doles out awards

Doug Woodrow, coffee shop receive top honors

The Okanogan Chamber of Commerce raised more than $400 through a dessert auction and honored award recipients at its annual banquet last week at the Old Flour Mill, 96 Pine St.

After dinner, Doug Woodrow was given a plaque for being named Citizen of the Year.

Salmon Creek Coffee Co., 134 S. Second Ave., was named Business of the Year.

Chamber Secretary Jenny Holcomb-Vinton, acting as master of ceremonies for the event, said Woodrow was the clear-cut favorite for the award.

She said just about everybody who filled out an award nomination pointed to Woodrow and that he is involved with “too many organizations to list.”

Woodrow was particularly involved with organizing events regarding the 100th anniversary of famed photographer Frank S. Matsura’s death, including the Okanogan Matsura Centennial Committee, a Lawn Chair History Lecture and Okanogan Days.

Woodrow said he was extremely grateful to be a part of a community that is supportive of a variety of local projects.

The Citizen of the Year can be anybody in the community; the award does not have to go to somebody affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce.

Holcomb-Vinton said Salmon Creek Coffee Co. received a great deal of nominations for the Business of the Year Award because of its “really strongly support the area” and “devotion to local artists.”

Owner Melanie Carroll accepted the plaque.

“This is awesome,” she said. “I can’t believe it.”

Carroll said Salmon Creek Coffee Co. began as just an idea, so to see that idea come to fruition and win an award for its contributions to the community meant a great deal.

The business provides an outlet for artists of a variety of different mediums.

“I love sports, but it is so great to see the other talents in our community,” Carroll said.

During dinner, the group of about three dozen people in attendance combined to raise more than $400 through the dessert auction.

Auctioneer Richard Rawson took the opportunity to poke fun at Okanogan School District Superintendent Richard Johnson.

Rawson said the dessert auction “money goes into Dr. Johnson’s slush fund.”

The money raised through the dessert auction benefited the Okanogan Chamber of Commerce.

Holcomb-Vinton also took the opportunity to declare both Okanogan Days and the Harvest Festival as successful events. Although the barbecue competition featured just one entrant, Holcomb-Vinton said there are plans in place to do it again next year and hopefully attract more competitors.

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