ANNUAL BANQUET

Easily our largest event, 2020 marked our Annual Banquet and Auction’s 116th consecutive year. This annual event is where we recognize the outstanding contributions of the many businessmen and businesswomen in our community, announce our direction for the coming year, and showcase recent accomplishments.

Featured at the event is the presentation of several prestigious awards, including Businessman and Businesswoman of the Year, each recognizing an owner or manager of a local business that continuously demonstrates their ability to make a positive contribution to the local economy, utilizes good management practices and is respected among their peers. Additionally, the Great Chief Award is presented to an individual who possesses a civic and volunteer spirit that lasts a lifetime and provides a legacy for our community. The Great Chief Award is the oldest award given by the Kalispell Chamber and dates back to the early 1970s.

Past Great Chief Award recipients:

2020 – Ray & Ladeine Thompson
2019 – Carol Bibler & Jim Watson
2018 – Mick Blodnick
2017 – Jim Oliverson
2016 – BJ Lupton
2015 – Pete Larson
2014 – Duane and Beverly Larson
2013 – Van Kirke Nelson
2012 – Robin Street
2011 – Jeannie Luckey
2010 – Sherry Stevens
2009 – Ken Siderius
2008 – Jack King
2007 – BJ Carlson
2006 – Frank Garner
2006 – Jim Dupont
2005 – Ivan O’Niel
2004 – Chuck and Kathy Mercord
2003 – Gib Bissell
2002 – Mike Dailey
2001 – Dan Korn, Jr.
2000 – Dan Johns
1999 – Dick Dasen
1998 – Mary Gibson
1997 – Mel Ruder
1996 – Jim Moore
1995 – Robert and Jane Lopp
1994 – Cal and Nancy Robinson
1993 – Bill and Rosalie Heinecke
1992 – Doug Hatton
1991 – Everit and Nikki Sliter
1990 – Florence Borgen
1989 – Gordon Pirrie
1987 – Faye Eklund
1986 – David (Moose) Miller
1985 – Doug and Judy Wise
1984 – JoAnn Speelman
1983 – Clyde Smith
1982 – Jim Hadwin
1981 – Mary Riedel
1980 – George Ostrom
1979 – Darrell Fenner
1978 – Harry Farrington
1977 – Lary O’Niel
1976 – Henry Robinson
1975 – Neil Eliason
1974 – Dr. Chet Ross
1973 – Owen Sowerwine
1972 – Sam Bibler

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