Nominations are due to the Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce office by Feb. 12

INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - Pictured are last year's Distinguished Service Award winners: (from left) Senior First Citizen Debbie Wolfer, Junior First Citizen Jason Horton and Outstanding Youth Graciela Martinez.The Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 67th annual Distinguished Service Awards, which acknowledge community members who have performed outstanding volunteer service and who are leaders in the community.

There are four award categories: Senior First Citizen, which is limited to a resident aged "50 years or better"; Junior First Citizen, which acknowledges someone younger than 50; Outstanding Youth, which is given to a high school or college student; and Outstanding Educator, which is given to a teacher, school support staff member or school administrator.

Nominations must be submitted by noon Monday, Feb. 12. Nominators can either fill out an online survey at or obtain a nomination form found at Nominators can email forms to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., fax 503-982-8410 or mail to Woodburn Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 194, Woodburn, OR 97071.

The winners will be chosen by a selection committee of chamber members. The awards are given to people who have performed outstanding volunteer community service over several years, have participated in more than one community project or committee, give time outside their businesses, professions or vocations, and who provide recognized leadership in community affairs.

Last year's winners were Debbie Wolfer, who was named Senior First Citizen; Jason Horton, named Junior First Citizen; Graciela Martinez, named Outstanding Youth; and Geri Federico, named Outstanding Educator.

This year's award banquet will be held March 9 at the Woodburn Health Center.

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