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2020 Albany Citizen of the Year Nominations Now Open!

09/04/2020 7:14 AM | Tod Abbott (Administrator)

For at least 30 years (that's as far back as the records go), the Albany Chamber of Commerce has recognized people who make a difference in our community with the Citizen of the Year award. While this year is different (no Stroll parade for the honoree, likely no in-person honoree dinner or event), we are still planning to recognize a Citizen of the Year (we'll likely include them in next years festivities) .

Nominations are now open. We invite you to nominate someone you believe deserves this recognition for their volunteer work in the community. Self nominations are allowed.

Hurry! Nominations must be received by September 25th

To nominate a candidate, please submit:

  • a one-page email or letter with the nominee’s contact information (name, address, phone number, email)
  • the nominator’s contact information, including a daytime phone number
  • a description of the candidate’s accomplishments -- especially those during the last year -- detailing why they should be given the award
  • additional letters of recommendation, as appropriate, by people who are familiar with the nominee’s community contributions


  • email your letter to: chamber@albanycachamber.com
  • mail your nomination letter to the Albany Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 6434, Albany, 94706

Previous Citizen of the Year Honorees

2019: Margie Marks

2018: Jim and Beth Beller

2017: Florence Wahl

2016: Alexa Hauser

2015: Alan Riffer

2014: Laurie Roberts

2013: Caryl O’Keefe

2012: John Nakamura

2011: Jon Ely

2010: Mac McCurdy

2009: Clay Larson

2008: Jack Rosano

2007: Peggy Mc Quaid

2006: Ruth Ganong

2005: Arthur (Art) Longpre

2004: Joan Larson

2003: Dana Milner

2002: Marsha Skinner

2001: Ruth Meniketti

2000: Doug Donaldson

1999: Mary & Bill Hartung

1998: Allan Maris

1997: Frank Jensen

1996: Ray Anderson

1995: Jewel Okawachi (second time)

1994: Bill Lewis 

1993: Mike Koepke

1992: Clyde & Margaret Stone

1991: Jewel Okawachi  & Dario Meniketti 

Albany Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 6434
Albany, California 94706
(510) 525-1771 • contact

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