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Civilla, Selbig named persons of the year

Next weekend the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce will not only be welcoming its new board president, it will be honoring its newly-crowned people of the year.

Jim Civilla and Sonnie Selbig were chosen as the chamber’s man and woman for 2007, a honor that is given to South Kitsap residents who demonstrate a strong commitment to their community.

“Anyone can submit a name, and anyone can be chosen for the award — they just have to be working hard for the community,” said Lynne Erickson, describing a previous year’s selection process.

Erickson said nominees do not have to be business owners or chamber members, and once their names are submitted the final recipients are chosen by a committee that is usually made up of past recipients.

“They go over the nomination letters, then discuss the choices and vote,” Erickson said, explaining that most of the time, at least one person on the committee is familiar with each nominee and his or her work.

This year, Chamber Executive Director Coreen Haydock Johnson said that the “primary criteria for the award selection is the extent of (the recipients’) community volunteer work,” and that both Civilla and Selbig have plenty of such activities under their belts.

Johnson said Civilla is “probably best known for his support of South Kitsap Schools,” and that his nominators described him as “passionate in his support of our children and the South Kitsap School District.”

He served as chair for the community support groups for the last two SKSD levies that were successful, and co-chaired this year’s school bond measure. He also served on the SKSD’s budget advisory committee, along with South Kitsap Fire and Rescue’s Citizen Budget Review Committee.

He also serves on the Kitsap County Library Advisory Board, is a board member for the Harrison Medical Center and president-elect for the Port Orchard Rotary Club.

His non-volunteer work is as co-owner and chief financial officer of WestBay Auto Parts.

Johnson said Selbig was described by her nominators as “a mover and shaker in many, many South Kitsap organizations.”

As a member of Soroptimist International of Port Orchard, Selbig helped run the program Port Orchard Cares for nearly a decade. A project organized by both Soroptimists and local Rotarians, Port Orchard Cares collects food and money for needy families during the holiday season.

Selbig is also a member of the Betty G. Faulkner Orthopedic Guild, the Sidney Museum and Arts Association, and has consistently volunteered for both the Port Orchard Chamber and Rotary Club.

Selbig’s non-volunteer work is as co-owner of Bethel Express Lube in Port Orchard and Belfair with her husband.

Civilla and Selbig will be presented their awards at the chamber’s banquet Oct. 14, where new officers and board members will also be installed.

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