Member's Choice and Azalea Awards

Honoring Business Excellence & Community Service
At our Annual Dinner, we recognize businesses that continue to grow, contribute to the community and have good employee relations and customer service standards.  It is a way to honor those businesses that go above and beyond.  These businesses are nominated by the members, their peers, and votes are cast by the members also.  The 2017 Member's Choice Awards will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017.

2017 Member's Choice Award Winners

New Business of the Year - Eureka Natural Foods Watch Video
Business of the Year - Miller Farms Nursery Watch Video
Small Business of the Year - McKinleyville Glass Watch Video
Best Customer Service - Coast Central Credit Union Watch Video
Home Based Business of the Year - Orchids for the People Watch Video
Non Profit of the Year - Arcata Fire District Watch Video

2016 Member's Choice Award Winners
New Business of the Year - Cloney's Pharmacy (play video)
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Business of the Year - Six Rivers Brewery 
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Small Business of the Year - A & L Feed and Garden Supply and Essential Elements (play video)
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Best Customer Service - Coast Central Credit Union (play video)
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Home-Based Business of the Year - Diane's Sweet Heat (play video)
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Non Profit of the Year - Lions Club of McKinleyville (play video)
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2015 Member's Choice Award Winners
New Business of the Year - Fieldbrook General Store (play video)
Small Business of the Year - A & L Feed and Garden Supply (play video)
Business of the Year - Six Rivers Brewery (play video)
Home Based Business of the Year - Orchids for the People (play video)
Non-Profit of the Year - McKinleyville Family Resource Center (play video)
Best Customer Service - A & L Feed and Garden Supply (play video)

Azalea Award Winners
A tradition started in 2001.  The Azalea Award is given to McKinleyville community members who have a history of service and continue to serve today.   Our Azalea Award Winners will also be honored as they serve as Grand Marshals in our Pony Express Day parade.

2001   Opie Hendricks
2002   Eleanor Sullivan
2003   Mark & Linda Rynearson
2004   Art & Karen Hooven
2005   Jim & Kerry Furtado
2006   Greg & Christina Cain
2007   Ben Shepherd & Wendy Wahlund
2008   Tom & Mary Marking
2009   Anne Hartline
2010   Don & Marleen Miller / Dick & Joan Miller
2011   Al & Sarie Tostie
2012   Don & Linda Harling
2013   Garth & Linda Sundberg
2014   Tim & Becky Hooven
2015   Ross & Kelly Miller
2016   Bob Wainwright & Cyndi Bainbridge
2017   Courntey & Weston Kime

This years honorees are Courtney and Weston Kime.
 
A tradition started in 2001, the Azalea Award is given every year by the McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce.  The award is given to McKinleyville community members who have a history of service and continue to serve today.  Past award recipients get together to choose the next years winners.  Cyndi Bainbridge and Bob Wainright last year's award recipients said that they are excited to give the award to the younger generation.  They are hoping that the Kime's example will encourage other young people to volunteer and help in our community.
 
Weston grew up in Eureka and attended Humboldt State University where he met Courtney who had moved into the area with her family as her father was the Coast Guard's Commanding Officer.  After graduation they moved away for a short time.  The Kimes decided to return to Humboldt County.  Their purchase of A & L Feed and Garden Supply in 2012 was the start of their efforts to support and improve McKinleyville.  They are invested in their community.  The Kimes knew that the A & L Feed building was an icon for the town and deserved to be a hub in more ways than one.
 
They jumped right in supporting the chamber of commerce, local events, clubs and groups such as 4H.  On any weekend you can see them hosting free workshops or events for the kids to help them learn and raise money.  
 
Weston says, "It's about bringing the community together, working together and helping everyone learn ways to improve our way of life in McKinleyville."  
 
Courtney and Weston will be recognized at the Chamber of Commerce annual Members Choice Awards dinner on March 24 at Blue Lake Casino's Sapphire Palace.  They will also serve as Grand Marshals in the annual Pony Express Days Parade. 

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