Saying Thanks to Those Who Lead by Doing
An exceptional community links residents, schools, businesses and government in common interests and superior goals. Recognizing individuals making significant contributions that strengthen these links encourages other to step forward with commitment, creativity, dedication, and teamwork. Every year the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce says “Thank You” to our business and community leaders by celebrating their leadership and outstanding example in our community through the Chamber Awards. They are nominated by the community and chosen by Chamber membership balloting, and each award acknowledge the respect and appreciation that these individuals have earned. It is these role models and mentors that drive the heartbeat of our city and make Sherwood great.
Large Business of the Year: Sherwood Dental Care
Sherwood Dental Care is an integral part of the community not only performing top quality dental care, but also supporting many local charities and organizations. Over half of their staff have been working there for over 15 years! Adam will celebrate his 20th year anniversary in August.
Small Business of the Year: Sherwood Dance Academy
Sherwood Dance Academy is highly engaged in the community. They have a strong presence in most Sherwood Events. What sets them apart is their growing enrollment, high retention rate, and strong commitment level to their clients.
Business Leader of the Year: Renee Brouse
Renee is a wonderul example of a great leader. The impact she has made to not only the YMCA but its effect on the community is amazing. The amount of time she gives of her personal time is countless. Her belief in advocating for youth and those in need fuels her choices in non profits to support. Renee has volunteered for Give n Gobble, Onion Festival, Relay for Life, Cruisin’and many more.
Rookie of the Year: Rebecca Fairbanks Agency
Rebecca and her staff have worked very hard to start up their new business. Treating clients with great customer service. The dedication to community service is throughout the entire staff and not just the owner.
Citizen of the Year: Polly Blankenbaker
Polly has dedicated a lot of her years to Sherwood and bettering the community. Her efforts in Sherwood Historical Society, Friends of the Sherwood Center and Rebekah Rainbow Lodge. She participates in a variety of activities and gives of her time to help Sherwood Seniors. Sherwood is a better place because she has dedicated so much of her time to our Community.
Commitment to Youth Award: Voices for the Performing Arts Foundation
The VPA Foundation has provided a vast array of opportunities for children who enjoy performing to gain experience and develop as artists. Hundreds of children have been given the opportunity to participate in choirs, musical productions and more because of this great organization.
Golden Apple Award: Rebeccah Wagner
Rebeccah routinely goes above and beyond to connect families to community services so children will be ready for kindergarten. She recently coordinated Sherwood’s first Early literacy Fair.
Outstanding Community Service Award: Lt. Rob Watson
Described as someone who gives countless hours to nonprofit organizations. Lt. Watson recently he learned that low-income families in the community needed bunk beds so he recruited other firefighters to both build and deliver them. He truly motivates and inspires others.
Outstanding Youth Award: Kristen Johnston
Kristen is highly organized and coordinated a successful blood drive at the SHS. She clearly cares about each of her peers and wants all of them to feel connected with each other. Kristen truly has a gift for bringing people together to help others.
Ambassador of the Year: Carol Vincent
Carol joined our team late in 2014 and has been instrumental in helping Lana and making many events and activities run smoothly.
Pride & Chamber Scholarship Award: Jeana Taylor
Special Recognition: Jim Haynes (1948-2016)
Jim co-owned Western Heritage Public Relations, served as President of the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Sherwood Cultural Arts Commission. Jim spent his professional and personal time investing it in to this community, his family, and non profit organizations. . His legacy is that he left us with incredible examples of passion for community, leading through example, and giving of your time to important causes. Most importantly he gave us many the gift of friendship.