Chamber accepting Toast of Winters nominations

The last Toast of Winters event was held in January 2020 and honored 2019 recipients. Photo by Crystal Apilado/Winters Express

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Nominations are now being accepted for Winters’ highest community honors.

The Winters District Chamber of Commerce is officially accepting nominations for the 2021 Winters Citizen of the Year, the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, the Winters Senior Citizen of the Year, and a recipient for the Theodore Winters Award.

The criteria to nominated a community member or business for each of these awards is:

Citizen of the Year: A Citizen of the Year is someone who has made significant contributions to the betterment of the Winters community. The ideal candidate will have served the community and gone above and beyond the capacity as a volunteer. This is a person who is involved in a variety of activities and have been dedicated to the community for a long period of time. The activities would have required a considerable selfless expenditure of time and energy. The Citizen of the Year is selected by a committee of the past Citizens of the Year.

Theodore Winters Award: Candidates for the Theodore Winters award have also made a significant contribution to the betterment of the Winters community. The candidate’s contribution would span a shorter period of time however. Candidates would be involved in one or two activities in which the person has given generously of his/her time and energy.

Business of the Year: The Business of the Year award is awarded to a business that has been a community leader and has made unselfish contributions to the Winters community. The recipient is regarded as a “role model,” enhancing the relationship between the business community, nonprofits and the local residents.

Senior Citizen of the Year: The Senior Citizen of the Year is awarded to an older adult who has made a significant contribution to improving the quality of life for the Winters community and its residents.

To nominate someone for an award, provide:

  • The nominee’s name.
  • The award for which the resident or business is being nominated.
  • A brief summary of his/her contributions to the community.
  • Your name and telephone number.

Mail or hand-deliver nominations to the Winters Chamber of Commerce (201 First St.) or email to The nomination deadline for this year’s Toast of Winters awards is Thursday, Nov. 11.

The winners will be formally honored at the Toast to Winters celebration. Sue Moualim, Chamber Executive Director, said the event is tentatively planned on Saturday, Feb. 5.

For more information about the awards or the nomination process, call the Chamber at 530-795-2329.

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