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Leadership Yakima Class of 2015 - Graduation and Alumni Reunion
June 10, 2015 - Yakima Valley Museum
5:30pm - appetizers, wine and Alumni networking
6:30pm - dinner 7:30 Guest Speaker and Graduation

$35/person - Register to attend here

Come celebrate the Class of 2015! Local beer, wine, beverages, appetizers and gourmet dinner by Staci's catering! Plus a look back at the year and guest speaker! This program has been supporting the future of the Yakima Valley since 1986, attend to help us continue this valuable Yakima Valley program!

Class of 2015
Terry Alapeteri - Huibregtse, Louman Associates, Inc
Dustin Posten - Huibregtse, Louman Associates, Inc.
Steven Lange - Independent Truck Driver Training, Inc.
Jennifer Garehime - Memorial Physicians
John King - Memorial Hospital
Kelli Collins - Alegria and Company, P.S.
Jessica Knapp - Yakima Valley Museum
Ron Kemp - Yakima Regional Medical Center
Amy Johnson - John I. Haas, Inc.
Steve Luten - Habitat for Humanity
Harlan Hefner - Key Bank
Francisco Garcia-Ortiz - Yakima Valley Libraries
Russell Warner - Perry Technical Institute
Jim Curtice - American Medical Response
Amy Lopez - Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce
Carmen Mendez - Safe Yakima Valley
Tyler Edwards - Tree Top
Emily Mann - Ron’s Coin



 (Yakima, WA) May 7, 2015 - The Ted Robertson Community Service Award was established in 1989 by the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce Past Board Chairs to honor individuals each year that have made major contributions to the betterment of the greater Yakima area. Ted Robertson, former publisher of the Yakima-Herald Republic, held a strong belief that good fortune earned in a community should be shared with that community. Ted also believed that we, as a community, ought to find more ways to honor people who distinguish themselves through their community service.

The honorees are selected by the Past Board Chairs of the Chamber, for their inspiring leadership, achievements, and commitment to the improvement of our community as business people and citizens of the Yakima Valley. The prestigious Ted Robertson Community Service Award has become the Yakima Valley’s highest recognition for civic accomplishment and involvement.

This year’s we will be honoring two recipients, Dr. Linda Kaminski President of Yakima Valley Community College and Ronald R. King of Radio Yakima.

Dr. Linda Kaminski has been the President at the Yakima Valley Community College since 1995. In the last 20 alt textyears YVCC has enrolled over one hundred and five thousand students, awarded more than twelve thousand degrees and over four thousand certificates. YVCC has made nearly one hundred million dollars in capital improvements in the same time period.

Dr. Kaminski has been involved with numerous statewide educational com-mittees and boards. Locally, she has volunteered and served with Yakima Ro-tary, For a Better Tomorrow Board; Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce Educational and Government Affairs Committees; South Central Washington Workforce Development Council Executive Board; KYVE Public Television Board; Yakima Symphony Orchestra Board; Yakima County Development Association Board and Foundation; Yakima Valley Community Foundation "One Voice"; Yakima County Health Council, and many more.

Ronald "Ron" King, has been involved in Yakima Valley radio broadcasting for most of the past 58 years. He has served the business community as a pro-fessional broadcast sales consultant since 1967.

His involvement in community has extended far beyond his broadcast career. Ron is a past Director of the alt textJaycees, and has served on Boards for: Montessori School; Central Washington MS Society; Yakima County Development Association; Yakima Rotary; Yakima Visitor and Convention Bureau; Yakima Advertising Federation; Yakima Radio Broadcasters; Fort Simcoe Council of the Boy Scouts of America; 13 years on the Yakima Specialties Board and the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce.

He has been an organizational, advisory, and/or fundraising volunteer for March of Dimes; United Way; Little League Baseball; Salvation Army; and Yakima Specialties Foundation (Past President). He was the sitting chair of the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce in 1985-86 the year "Leadership Yakima" was founded and became a graduate of the very first class. He has also served on almost every Chamber committee as a volunteer or chair over the past 30 years. He returned to the Chamber Board of Directors in 2009 and continues to organize the "Past Board Chairs" of the Chamber who honor him this year with their secret ballot to name him a Ted Robertson Community Service Award recipient.

The Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce Past Board Chairs are proud to announce the 2015 recipients of the Ted Robertson Community Service Award; Dr. Linda Kaminski of Yakima Valley Community College and Ronald R. King of Radio Yakima.

The Ted Robertson Community Service Award will be presented at the Annual Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce Awards Black and White Night Gala - Thursday October 22nd, 2015 - Yakima Convention Center Ballroom

Past Ted Robertson Community Service Award Recipients:
June 22, 1989 - Bea Noel
April 5, 1990 - Greta Bryan
April 25, 1991 – Dorothy "Bill" Donelson Robertson
March 5, 1992 - Wesley H. "Bud" Snyder
March 5, 1993 - Melvin Wagner
February 4, 1994 - Bob DiPietro, Sr.
February 24, 1995 - Shirley Doty
February 6, 1996 - Marvin Sundquist
February 8, 1997 - Bob "Straight Arrow" Lynch
April 17, 1998 - "Ollie" Nelson
February 10, 1999 – Eugene "Gene" Shields
February 25, 2000 - Curtis King
March 2001 - Ester Huey
May 22, 2002 - Senator Alex Deccio
April 3, 2003 - Paul Campbell, Gary George, Mel Moore, Gene Rostvold
May 20, 2004 - Rick Linneweh
April 14, 2005 - Gary Webster
October 25, 2006 - Sid Morrison
March 27, 2008 - Bob Hall
September 24, 2009- Dale Carpenter
October 8, 2010- Gary Lukehart
September 16, 2011 – Bob Brown
September 14, 2012 – John Gasperetti
November 7th, 2013 – Greg and Jan Luring
October 9th, 2014 – Ken Marble, Bill Dolsen, and Al DeAtley

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Yakima, All-America City Finalist 2015

alt textYakima, Washington was named finalist for 2015 All-America City Award!
Yakima, WA - This prestigious award honors communities developing innovative solutions to pressing problems.
Yakima has been recognized as a finalist for the 2015 All-America City Award. Given by the National Civic League to 10 communities each year, the award celebrates and recognizes neighborhoods, villages, towns, cities, counties, tribes and metro regions that have engaged residents in innovative, inclusive and effective efforts to tackle critical challenges.
The focus of this year’s All-America City Award is on community efforts to engage and support vulnerable young men and boys, aligning with efforts such as The White House's My Brother's Keeper Initiative.
“At a time when the challenges facing our communities can seem overwhelming, places like Yakima are a critical reminder of the good work being done all across the country,” said Gloria Rubio-Cortes, President of the National Civic League. “It’s an example of what’s possible when local government, business, nonprofits and residents come together to solve problems. That’s why I am proud to announce that Yakima has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 All-America City Award.”
A team representing Yakima will join residents; nonprofit, business, and government lead-ers; and young people from the 15 other finalist communities in Denver from June 12-14. The event gives finalist communities the chance to connect and share insights with other innovative communities and a chance to learn from national leaders in the field of civic en-gagement and innovation. Each community will then present the story of their work to a jury of nationally recognized civic leaders. The event is every bit as much about learning and networking as it is about competing for the coveted All-America City title.
In explaining the purpose of the award, Rubio-Cortes offered: “NCL isn’t looking for the most prestigious, prosperous or ‘perfect’ communities – that’s not what it takes to win the All-America City Award. The award celebrates communities of any size, geography, afflu-ence, or influence where residents and leaders roll-up their sleeves, and find creative solu-tions to challenging problems”
2015 All-America City Finalist communities are Marana, Arizona; Carson, California; Sa-linas, California; Stockton, California; North Lauderdale, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Talla-hassee, Florida; Quincy, Illinois; Somerville, Massachusetts; Tupelo, Mississippi; Geneva, New York; Asheboro, North Carolina; Marshall, Texas; Petersburg, Virginia; Spokane, Washington; and Yakima, Washington.
This year's supporters are W.K. Kellogg Foundation and others.
About The All-America City Award
Since 1949, the National Civic League (NCL) has recognized and celebrated the best in American civic innovation with the prestigious All-America City Award (AAC). The Award, bestowed yearly on 10 communities (more than 650 in all), recognizes trail-blazing efforts to bring residents, local government, business and nonprofit groups together to tackle the most pressing local issues.
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Please visit our website for more information about the National Civic League and the All-America City Award.

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