Awards & Criteria
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
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The Citizen of the Year Award is given to a local resident whose service and dedication have made a significant contribution to the community. Criteria for the Award are:
- The nominee must reside, or have their business, in Batavia or Batavia Township.
The nominee must have assisted in an improvement or program of significant value to the Batavia community.
The improvement must be made as a result of a personal commitment and not substantially as a result of their primary employment or public responsibilities.
The nominee may not currently be on the Board of Directors of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce.
The nominee does not need to be a member of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce.
The contributions of the nominee to the community should be of an extraordinary nature.
Nominations should be made in the form of a letter of recommendation to the Chamber of Commerce, no later than December 4, stating the reasons why the individual being nominated is worthy of this honor. Citizen of the Year is selected from the nomination by a panel of previous Citizen of the Year honorees.
Past 10 Citizens of the Year:
2016 Ed & Nancy Weiss
2015 Joanne Spitz
2014 J. Thomas "Tom" Von Lunen
2013 James Hanson
2012 Britta & Steven McKenna
2011 Robert & Suzanne Peterson
2010 Virginia C. Babcock
2009 Linnea & W.C. "Buzz" Miller
2008 Richard & Joanne Hansen
2007 Robert "Bob" Popeck
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The Ole Awards are given to businesses or organizations that have completed either new construction or building renovations in Batavia. The recipient in each category below should be that business or organization whose investment enhances the city’s economic and aesthetic future, and provides interest and excitement for the entire community.
Ole Awards are given in each of two categories: Commercial Construction and Industrial Construction. The categories are defined by the City of Batavia’s zoning codes.
In each category, there is an award for new construction and renovation. The award for new construction goes to the developer or owner who invests in a building that is completely new (i.e., new walls and roofs are part of the project). Renovation awards go to the developer or owner who invests in a building that already exists (i.e., walls and roofs are already in place).
In any given year as many as four awards are available; however, the awards are for significant investment. In many years, fewer than four awards may be given.
Nominations for the Ole Awards (see the attached nomination form) will be submitted to the Chamber’s Community Relations Committee, which will then make recommendations to the Chamber Board of Directors based on the following criteria:
Investor risk inherent in the project
Potential return of the investment on the local economy (“Community ROI”)
Perceived aesthetic value
Awards will be determined by a vote of the Board. In case of a tie, two awards will be given.
DONNA DALLESASSE AWARD
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The Donna Dallesasse Award will be given annually to an individual Chamber member in good standing for outstanding commitment and dedication to the Chamber’s mission, vision, and values.
Potential awardees will be nominated by Chamber members in good standing. Nominations should be made in the form of a letter of recommendation to the Chamber of Commerce, no later than September 15, stating the reasons why the individual being nominated is worthy of this honor. The awards will be recommended to the Board by the Nominations Committee, with final determination by Board vote. Members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and Nominations Committee are not eligible.
The Donna Dallesasse Award honoree will be announced at the annual Chamber open house in September.
Donna Dallesasse Award Recipients
2007 Britta McKenna
2008 Kurt Miller
2009 Jeanne Harms
2010 Bob Hansen
2011 Marcia Boyce
2012 George Gladis
2013 Scott Salvati
2014 George H. Scheetz
2015 Kevin Drendel
2016 Tom Wangler
2017 John Hamel
Inspire Awards Night 2017