Lebanon honored several volunteers and businesses Tuesday evening during its annual Distinguished Service Awards, held at the Boulder Falls Inn Conference Center.
The 2017 Lebanon community awards for First Senior Citizen, Man of the Year, and Junior First Citizen were presented by last year’s winners.
Tom Oliver and Kristen Hyde were named man and woman of the year. Rose DixonBarry was named the junior first citizen and Warren Beeson was honored as the senior first citizen. Cindy Ongers won the Frankie Gray Answer the Call Award.
Marty Cahill, CEO of Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, was named business leader of the year. Lebanon Animal Hospital was named small business of the year. Lowe's Distribution Center was named large business of the year, and Dala's Blue Angels was named the Umpqua Bank nonprofit of the year, which comes with a $500 dollar donation to the organization.
Here are details about each winner:
• Tom Oliver was most recently elected to the Lebanon School Board and now serves as chair. He has volunteered with Lebanon 2040 Vision Community task force, Lebanon High School site council, Lebanon Community School District Budget Committee, Lebanon Rotary and has served as board president for the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam.
• Kristen Hyde grew up in Lebanon. She is the manager of Oregon State Credit Union and has been involved as a volunteer with the Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Club, Linn-Benton Community College, and Lebanon's visioning task force, and is a previous Rotarian of the year.
• Rose DixonBarry is a Chamber Ambassador and assists with the Lebanon Community Schools Foundation's backpack program. She volunteers with the Boys & Girls Club, Lebanon High School Cheer, the Optimist Club, and the Lebanon booster club. Last December, she organized a train ride with Santiam Excursion Trains that earned ABC House about $1,000 in funding.
• Warren Beeson has been a longtime Lebanon business owner at Grava Graphics. "Once you get senior first citizen, you're just glad to still be here," he joked. Beeson took the opportunity to bid Lebanon farewell as he plans on moving out of state to be closer to family.
• Lowe's Distribution Center employees conduct food and school supply drives. Once a year they identify a school or local nonprofit and send a team to work there for a few days.
• Lebanon Animal Hospital provides a free clinic for the pets of Lebanon Soup Kitchen clients, and provides reduced cost spay and neuter vouchers to Safe Haven Humane Society.
• Marty Cahill is the CEO of Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital and he has been instrumental in managing the hospital and the Samaritan Event Center, which is where the DSAs were hosted.
• Kelly Odegaard is the executive director of the Oregon Veterans Home in Lebanon.
• Cindy Ongers often volunteers with the chamber, the Lebanon Garden Club, new business generation and the Boys & Girls Club.
• Dala's Blue Angels was created by Lebanon Police Department Community Services Officer Dala Johnson to raise awareness about child abuse, and raise money for child abuse prevention.