Leaders named as Chamber honorees

The Bremerton Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2013 Thunderbird Award honorees.

They are: Guy Stitt, of AMI International; Elaine Valencia, of the city of Bremerton; Elliot Gregg, of Kitsap Credit Union; and Cpt. Stephen Williamson, of the PSNS/IMF.

Thunderbird award recipients are selected by the past presidents and current board directors of the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce. Selection is based on he individual having a significant leadership position, having made significant contributions to the community and having been an exemplary role model for others.

According to Michael Strube, president of the chamber, the original Chief Thunderbird Awards ceremonies were conducted in both English and Chinook.  Chinook was a language created by dozens of Native American tribes to communicate when conducting commerce. The tribes also used this language when white settlers arrived to trade and barter.

“It was, thus, appropriate for the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce to adopt this language of business when presenting the Thunderbird Awards,” he said. “Fortunately, the ceremony has evolved so that Thunderbird recipients are no longer required to speak Chinook at this event.”

The awards will be given at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Admiral Theater in downtown Bremerton.

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