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The 113th Ashland Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner was held on Thursday, October 3rd  and its theme was “Celebrating 50 Years of Sister City Friendship – Guanajuato and Ashland” that featured speeches and a video on the history of the relationship and celebrations of the 50th.
  

 
Past Presidents were honored for their decades of dedication to the Chamber:
 
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The gavel was exchanged from Mary Gardiner, Past President 2017-19 to Deena Branson, In-coming President. Mary was appreciated for her years of service.
 
 
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Retiring Board members were recognized for their contributions to the Chamber over the past decade including Marie Lange, Jac Nickels and Eric Weisinger

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2019 Award Winners

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2018 Top Mixologist – Caitlin Hilligoss of Peerless Restaurant, Hotel & Gardens- was recognized from last year’s Ashland Culinary Festival. She will return this year to defend her title at the 13th Ashland Culinary Festival November 7th – 10th, 2019.

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Green Business of the Year- NW Raw - for their partnership with local farms for produce and composting and their glass jar program.

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Retail Business of the Year- Northwest Nature Shop-  for their success as a family run retailer since 1985 and continued expansion of products. 

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Service Business of the Year- Julie O’Dwyer Design- for Julie’s dedication and service to her clients and her participation in various organizations throughout Ashland

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Manufacturing Business of the Year- MaraNatha- for their commitment to produce the highest quality product and distribute it across the country.

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Emerging Business of the Year- Bestow & Bloom and Bestow- for their growth, new location and community workspace on the south side of town. 

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Greeter of the Year- Daniel Perry Walkup - for his warm, welcoming personality and helping to create an atmosphere where new businesspeople feel comfortable and supported. 

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Chamber Volunteers of the Year-Elliot and Liesje Blank -  for rolling up their sleeves and offering to volunteer at every Chamber event with a smile on their faces. 

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Special Recognition for Outstanding Achievement- Osher Life Long Learning - for 25 years of offering quality programming, mental stimulation and social connectedness to Ashlanders primarily over the age of 50.

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Community Volunteer - Tom Foster- Tom Foster for his sincere dedication to creating the Lithia Park Nature Walks, guiding, training and ensuring this legacy continues.

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Citizen of the Year- Amigo Club of Ashland - They started as a Friendship Committee in 1968 which became the nucleus for the Amigo Club of Ashland.

Leo Van Dijk

Honorary Life Member- Leo Van Dijk- for his outstanding personal contributions to the Ashland Chamber of Commerce and Ashland community for over fifty years. Along with a handful of other people he helped to form the Amigo Club and, with his wife, Marianne, are still active members today.

All photos by Graham Lewis 

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