Chamber extends Toast of Winters nomination deadline to Jan. 6

At last year’s Toast to Winters celebration, Joe Bristow shared a silent sentiment on being named the 2020 Senior Citizen of the Year. (Crystal Apilado/Winters Express)

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The deadline to submit 2022 Toast of Winters nominations to the Winters District Chamber of Commerce has been extended to Friday, Jan. 6.

The Toast of Winters awards gives the opportunity for the community to nominate and celebrate residents and businesses who have made an immense impact or contribution to the community for the past year. The Chamber has award plaques for the Citizen of the Year award which dates back to 1951 with LM Ireland as the first name listed.

Annually, the Chamber hosts the Toast of Winters awards event to celebrate and formally honor recipients of the Winters Citizen of the Year, the Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, the Winters Senior Citizen of the Year and the Theodore Winters Awards.

The 2022 Toast of Winters event is on Friday, March 31 at the Winters Community Center. More event information details will be released soon.

The criteria to nominate a community member or business for each of these awards are:

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 defined capacity as a volunteer. This is a person who is involved in a variety of activities and has 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 past Citizens of the Year recipients.

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.

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 considered a local “role model” for enhancing the relationship between local businesses, organizations and community members.

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.

How to nominate
To nominate someone for an award, residents can utilize a Toast of Winters nomination form online at Make a copy of it or print it to fill out. The nomination submissions can be hand-delivered to the Winters Chamber office (201 First St.) or emailed to by Jan. 6.

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

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