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Chamber honors Man, Woman of the Year

At its installation dinner earlier this month, the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce honored a retired judge and a long-time volunteer as Man and Woman of the Year.

Judge Leonard Kruse was chosen as Man of the Year on Oct. 6. In addition to his professional career, Kruse has served as president of the Kitsap County Bar Association, a trustee for the Kitsap Regional Library, and president of Kiwanis.

He also volunteers at South Colby Elementary School and for the Kitsap Literary Council.

Dee DeLucia was chosen as Woman of the Year. For more than 30 years, DeLucia has volunteered at South Kitsap Helpline. Previously, she volunteered at various other thrift stores where her husband was stationed with the U.S. Navy.

“They made good choices this year,” said Lynne Erickson with the Chamber’s office, explaining that each year, the recipients are chosen by a committee, which 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.

Erickson said nominees to not have to be business owners, members of the chamber, or even have a certain number of years under their belt.

In addition to be honored at the installation dinner, Erickson said Kruse and DeLucia will be participants in the Fathoms o’Fun parade, and invited to various other events throughout the year.

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