By Daniel Warn / [email protected]
The Yelm Chamber of Commerce celebrated its third Chamber Business Awards, recognizing its members with a series of accolades for their work last year at an event on July 13 at the Yelm Community Center.
In all, six awards were presented to chamber members, covering recognitions in community outreach, beautification of Yelm, commitment to the environment, emerging successes, longevity and leadership.
Yelm Prairie Christian Center, Crowe Law Office, South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity, Between Sisters Boutique, H&R Block, and Tad Stillwell of Farmers Insurance were winners.
“In 2018, the Yelm Chamber of Commerce wanted a way to honor and celebrate our Chamber members,” Line Roy, Executive Director, said in a statement. “From there were born our Chamber Business Awards. We assembled a committee, created six award categories and opened the nominations. The committee reviewed the nominations and selected the winners. We did the same in 2019 and today we are happy to present the Chamber Business Awards 2020. ”
Wagon Wheel Commitment Award to the Community
The Community Outreach Award featured nominees such as The Cattleman, Grocery Outlet of Yelm, Timberland Bank, Yelm Prairie Christian Center and Yelm Senior Center.
“The Wagon Wheel Commitment to Community Award recognizes a business or organization that goes above and beyond to give back to its community in a meaningful and impactful way through innovation, event creation (and) community outreach,” Roy said.
The Yelm Prairie Christian Center won the award.
“The Yelm Prairie Christian Center has shown exemplary participation in 2020 with the help of other volunteers and small groups to help feed the community in large numbers,” said Roy. “There has been incredible awareness raising to help those in need during the hardships of 2020.”
Previous winners of the award are Olympia Federal Savings Bank and Pizzeria la Gitana de Yelm.
Prairie Pride Award
The Yelm Beautification-focused award nominated Crowe Law Office, Ferguson Insurance Services, Grocery Outlet of Yelm, Images by Brant, and South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity.
The Prairie Pride Award recognizes a business or organization that has undertaken to beautify and improve their storefronts, Roy said.
Crowe Law Office was chosen as the winner.
“Downtown Yelm begins with the Crowe Law Firm, a mountain of one apartment building that stands tall and proud thanks to the labor of love and countless hours of work that Dan Crowe and Molly Carmody have continuously put into. updating and restoring the old Masonic temple at the corner of Yelm Avenue and Third Street, ”said Roy.“ They have retained historical accuracy and beautified the space inside and out , transforming this building into a work of art. “
The Shiplap Shop & Coffee House and Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity are previous winners of the Pride of the Prairie award.
The chamber also chose to reward those who are committed to the environment with the Nisqually Award, which is awarded to a business or organization that demonstrates “a dedication to the environment by implementing environmentally friendly practices and policies. the environment, ”Roy said.
This year’s nominees included Bliss Experience, Bounty for Families and South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity.
South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity won the Nisqually Award.
“With the trend of recycling and upcycling over the past few years, South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity has excelled in making these materials ‘upcyclable’ and out of landfill available to the public,” Roy said. “They recycle, reuse and reduce the need for new products. “
Past award winners include Bounty for Families and South Sound Solar.
Mont Rainier Award
The chamber also recognizes new and emerging businesses with the Mount Rainier Award. The award is given to a business or organization that has opened its doors in the past five years and has demonstrated sustainability and success within the community, Roy said.
Nominees included Bertoglio’s Pizza, Between Sisters Boutique, Red Lantern Asian Fusion Restaurant and Steele Barrel BBQ Company, with Between Sisters Boutique winning the award.
“Opening just days before the 2020 shutdown, Heidi and Nanette have fought all year to stay open,” Roy said. “They’ve done it with grace, creating an audience that loves their excellent customer service, style and great pricing. By partnering with local entrepreneurs, they created a sustainable and efficient business model.
The store joins 507 Taproom and Filling Station and Uptown Lounge as Mount Rainier Award winners.
What is the recognition of an emerging success without also giving props to those who have become staples of the community?
The Legacy Award recognizes a business or organization that has been around for 20 years or more to recognize their success, vitality and longevity, Roy said. This year’s nominees included H&R Block, Prairie Hotel, Tim’s Pharmacy, Yelm Cinemas and Yelm Dollars for Scholars.
H&R Block ended up winning the award.
“H&R Block has been in the Yelm community for 34 years and often goes out of its way to serve community members, including many school supply drives, food drives, and support organizations with donations,” a Roy said. “H&R Block is regularly recognized for its tax services and is happy to contribute not only to Yelm, but to the entire Nisqually Valley.”
Previous recipients of the award are Mr. Dougs and Stewart’s Meat Market.
Fay Fuller Award
Finally, the chamber created an award for corporate leadership. The Fay Fuller Award is an individual award that recognizes an exemplary leader in a business or organization, Roy said.
The nominees were Greg Vinyard, of Grocery Outlet; JW Foster, with the Town of Yelm; Roy herself, with the Yelm Chamber of Commerce; Mike Maloney, with Prairie Park; Steele Clayton, of Steele Clayton State Farm, Steele Barrel BBQ Co .; Tad Stillwell, with Farmers Insurance; and Wayne McCarten of Uptown Lounge.
Among recognized leaders, Stillwell rose to the top.
“With a military career spanning 15 years, leading a successful insurance company for 35 years and serving on city council for five years, Tad Stillwell has lived a life of exemplary leadership and service,” said Roy said. “His experience, his education, his passion for the community and his ingenuity are an asset to everyone who works with him. “
Stillwell joins Chrissy Dehan and Tracie Choate as recipients of the Fay Fuller Award.