Nominate outstanding citizens for Hall of Fame

April 28, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Community leaders and city officials will bestow the annual Issaquah Community Awards next month.City officials are accepting nominations for the 2009 Issaquah Hall of Fame inductee. Mayor Ava Frisinger and City Council President Maureen McCarry will select a citizen who has made lasting contributions to the community.

The Kiwanis Club of Issaquah sponsors three honors: Volunteer of the Year Award, Environmental Award and Spiritual Values Award.

The honors will be received at a May 19 ceremony presented by the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. The awards, marking their 30th anniversary this year, honor Issaquah businesspeople and residents for their contributions to the community.

“This is a great opportunity for the business community to share the excitement of the treasures of Issaquah,” chamber CEO Matthew Bott said.

Port Blakely Communities executive Judd Kirk was named Business Person of the Year for 2008. Robin Kelley, Salmon Days Festival director, and her family were honored in 2008 as Citizen of the Year. Real estate developer Skip Rowley was inducted into the Issaquah Hall of Fame last year. In 2007, Greg Spranger was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame nominees will be evaluated on several criteria, including service, leadership and length of service to the community.

McCarry said the high number of volunteers and causes to which they donate poses a welcome challenge to judges.

“We have an incredible group of citizens out there in the community, and that’s what makes it so tough,” she said.

Get involved

Mail nominations for the Issaquah Hall of Fame to Office of the Mayor, P.O. Box 1307, Issaquah, WA 98027-1307. Send nominations by e-mail to Send the nominee’s name and a brief summary of his or her contributions to the community. Nominations must be received by May 11.

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