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"Chamber will honor Man, Woman of the Year"

"The Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce is ready to honor the community’s best and brightest again.The organization will pay tribute to a Man and Woman of the Year tonight at its annual installation banquet at 7:30 in the American Legion Hall.Recipients of the honor are nominated based on outstanding community service.This year’s Man of the Year nominees include:• Bud Olsen. A regular volunteer for chamber activities, Olsen opens the chamber office on Saturdays and responds to visitor questions during the day. He also videotapes the chamber’s regular Wednesday luncheons so they can be broadcast on cable television that night.Olsen is a mainstay of the chamber-sponsored seagull calling contest, Mosquito Fleet Days and the Fathoms o’ Fun festival. For the latter, he helps organize the annual parade and Easter egg hunt. He is also an active member of Eagles.• David Selbig. A former master chief in the Navy, Selbig has been a tireless volunteer all over the world. He has operated a Red Cross canteen in Adak, Alaska and been an active leader in Boy Scouts.He participates in the chamber and Rotary, for which he has devoted many hours working on the group’s annual Christmas food drive (Port Orchard Cares) and the student scholarship committeee. He has also helped man the Rotary’s radar booth each year at the Kitsap County Fair.A business owner, Selbig regularly sponsors local baseball and softball teams and is an enthusiastic supporter of a variety of Chamber of Commerce fund-raisers, most notably the Great Ball Race.• Paul Schmidt. A retired pastor from Elim Lutheran Church, Schmidt spends much of his time these days in service to the community. He’s a member of two committees for curriculum studies at South Kitsap High School and tutors reading and math at Manchester Elementary School. He also spends time reading to kindergarten students as part of a Kiwanis program.Schmidt is a volunteer fund-raiser for the local Hospice program and is chairman of its Spiritual Care Committee. He is also chairman of local Kiwanis fund-raising for iodine deficiency disorders in foreign countries.In his spare time, he does handyman work for low-income families.Nominees for Woman of the Year include:• Marlene Cole. A regular volunteer at South Kitsap Helpline, Cole was also instrumental in organizing a home and garden show as a fund-raiser for Habitat for Humanity. She is active with the Mosquito Fleet Society, gathering and preparing the lumber and wood scraps used in a children’s boat-building event that is part of Mosquito Fleet Days.Cole organized a home and garden show for the Chamber of Commerce as well, personally scrubbing and waxing the floors of a space in Westbay Shopping Center and hiring an artist to paint a holiday scene on the wall to make the event more appealing.Cole also organized a drive to provide gift baskets to mothers in the ALIVE shelter for battered women on Mother’s Day.• Lynn Erickson. Owner of The Dance Ship, Erickson is past president of Soroptimist International’s Port Orchard chapter and a vice president of the Port Orchard-Bay Street Association, which helps promote business activity in the city’s downtown core.Erickson has volunteered her time for Kid’s Day, the street fair, the Mosquito Fleet Festival, the Halloween carving and coloring contest and the Easter Bunnies Parade.She is a member of the chamber and is active on its Tourism Committee. She has served on an advisory committee for the Kitsap Peninsula Vocational Skills Center and is involved with Campfire and the Crohn’s & Collitis Foundation of America.• Virginia Collins. A longtime resident of the South Kitsap community, Collins has served as president, secretary and delegate to the national convention for the Port Orchard chapter of Soroptimist International. She is a major contributor to the Knitting Tree, a Soroptimist project that provides knitted items for disadvantaged children.Collins has volunteered her time for many chamber fund-raisers over the years and is also an active volunteer with the Sidney Museum and Art Gallery."

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