Sol H. Lewis Award given annually to honor a man and woman, or group, serving the community
WHATCOM — The Lynden Tribune will again honor a man and a woman, or a group, who have given generously of their time and ability in community service.
Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 28 for the 2018 Sol Lewis Awards.
Sol H. Lewis was publisher of the Tribune from 1914 until his death in 1953. Grandfather of current Publisher Michael Lewis, Sol became famous as a beloved and progressive “country editor” who also inspired the nation through his radio talks during the dark days of World War II.
The awards, which began in 1981, honor a pair of individuals, or more recently a group, that have contributed their time, talent or other resources — apart from their regular work — to improve the communities of this area.
Nominees or groups should be in the Tribune’s primary circulation area: Lynden, Everson, Nooksack, Sumas, Laurel, Deming and the surrounding rural areas.
Readers are urged to make nominations on the form provided here or on a separate page. They should include their name and phone number, and give reasons for the nomination, with supporting explanation. You may renominate someone suggested before, but not chosen, for an award.
Nominations are due at the Tribune office, 113 Sixth St., by 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28. They may be mailed to the Lynden Tribune at P.O. Box 153, Lynden, WA 98264, faxed to 360-354-4445, or e-mailed to email@example.com.
The winners will be honored in early 2018.
Past winners are:
1981 — Sid Lambert and Mary LeCocq
1982 — Clint McBeath and Claire vg Thomas
1983 — Henry Polinder and Kate Cyr
1984 — Hank Jansen and Pam Ames
1985 — Cap Galloway and Mary Snapper
1986 — Bill Verwolf and Esther Vanderhage
1987 — Jim and Carolyn Wynstra
1988 — Anton Neyens and Diane Miller
1989 — Phil DeKoster, Kit LaMonte and Betty Vargas
1990 — Rev. Earl Crouse and Ada Voskuilen
1991 — Jim Noteboom and Joanne Dykstra
1992 — George VanAchte and Cheryl Fullner
1993 — Hub DeJong and Gussie Berendsen
1994 — John Westergreen and Barbara Love
1995 — Jake Wagter and Joan Miller
1996 — Matt Lagerwey and Judy Knudsen
1997 — Bob Mitchell and Chris Paul
1998 — Bob VanWeerdhuizen and Money Maberry
1999 — Cheryl DeHaan and Rich Kayser
2000 — Joyce Pugh and Arie “Ike” Honcoop
2001 — Sylvia Thorpe and George Miller
2002 — Fran Protzeller and Tony VanRooyen
2003 — Arie and Mary Van Weerdhuizen
2004 — Herm Fransen and Freida Odegaard
2005 — Alvin Bajema and Alyce Werkema
2006 — Jim Kaemingk Sr. and Nancy Faber
2007 — Lynden Relay For Life and Million Smiles Playground Project
2008 — Bill Vander Pol and Debbie Vander Veen
2009 — Larry McPhail and Helen Zylstra
2010 — Henry Kaemingk and Susan Theisen
2011 — Ron Bruland and Carole Kornelis
2012 — Harlan Kredit and Heidi Doornenbal
2013 — Doug and Terhi Broersma
2014 — Celeste Mergens and Richard Decima
2015 — Linda Card, Debbie Lagerwey and Terry DeValois
2016 — Ted and Diane Lautenbach
2017 — Lynden Community Center volunteers