The Zenith Award was established in 1990 by the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce to honor Shelby County community leaders whose lifetime of community service has had a profound impact on the quality of life in Shelby County.
Areas evaluated include, but are not limited to:
VOLUNTARY SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
ACTIVITY IN SERVICE GROUPS
COMMUNITY CAUSES CHAMPIONED
SCOPE OF SERVICE
PHILANTHROPY (Time, Treasure, and/or Talent)
Nominees need not have experience in each category.
The Chamber of Commerce accepts nominations for the Zenith Award at any time during the year. Nominations, once submitted, will be maintained on file at the Chamber of Commerce office and need not be submitted each year. Nominations may be updated if necessary.
A selection committee comprised of Chamber of Commerce Board members and past Zenith Award Recipients shall meet each year to select a nominee for the Zenith Award. Nominees will be presented to the Chamber Board of Directors for their endorsement. The Board of Directors shall select the final recipient. The award will be presented at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Membership Dinner each February.
To nominate a candidate you feel deserving of this special recognition, CLICK one of the document versions below to download a copy of the Zenith Award Guidelines & Nomination Form. For immediate consideration, nomination forms are due not later than September 1st. Variable Text Version Microsoft WORD (may not be compatible for use on wireless phones)
1990 William McMillen 1991 Don Fogt 1992 Don Bensman 1993 Harry Faulkner 1994 Robert Zielsdorf 1995 Robert Burns 1996 John Garmhausen 1997 Patrick Milligan 1998 Herb Schlater 1999 Ralph Bornhorst 2000 Rich Wallace 2001 Ralph Keister 2002 Mike Puckett 2003 Tom Francis 2004 Bruce Boyd 2005 Bob Sargeant 2006 Sandy Shoemaker 2007 Ken Schlater 2008 Doug Stewart 2009 Lisa Alvetro 2010 Roger Lentz 2011 Priscilla Wilt 2012 Ed Borchers 2013 Tom Boecker. 2014 Martin "Mick" Given 2015 John Dunlap 2016 Doug Barhorst 2017 Tom Middleton 2018 Cindy Helman 2019 Tom Milligan 2021 Mike Lochard 2022 Rudy Keister
Rudy Keister (left) is presented with the 2022 Zenith Award for Community Service by Devon Beer.