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Chamber Awards

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2018 Charlemagne Award Winner
Jeff Hunt

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2018 LEAP Award Winner
Diane Gibson

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2018 Member of the Year

Rose Canfield

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2018 Rookie of the Year

Keith Garrett

The Charlemagne Award


The Charlemagne Award is a lifetime achievement award given to an individual with a distinguished history of service to the community where men can live, work, can be educated, worship and play. This prestigious award was created in 1968 based upon the legend written by C.V. Amenoff, who served as mayor of St. Charles from 1969-1973.


Award Winners

2018 Jeff Hunt * 2017 Clint Hull * 2016 Darlene Riebe * 2015 John Hoscheit * 2014 Steve Martin * 2013 Gloria Klimek * 2012 Marce G. Van Glabek * 2011 Dr. William Kelly * 2010 John Robert Collins * 2009 Sue McDowell * 2008 Don and Tory Haines * 2007 Caryl Van Overmeiren * 2006 Dr. Vernon and Vee Guynn * 2005 Terry Andrew * 2004 Betsy Penny * 2003 Robert Miller * 2002 Charles Brown * 2001 Howard L. Wallin * 2000 Jim Martin * 1999 Robert Hoge * 1998 Vern and Sharon Oie * 1997 John H. Wredling * 1996 Walter C. Foulkes * 1995 Ellen Johnsen * 1994 William P. Zimmerman * 1993 James N. Urhausen * 1992 R.E. Lee Norris * 1991 Thomas S. Anderson * 1990 Joann Collins-Pace * 1989 Terry F. Grove * 1988 Lawrence E. “Larry” Dempsey * 1987 Mayor Fred T. L. Norris * 1986 Chester and Barbara Anderson * 1985 Richard “Bud” Ziegler * 1984 Robert A MacNeille, Jr. * 1983 William and Mary Barth * 1983 Fred and Phyllis Kaiser * 1982 Ruby Frank * 1981 Senator John Grotberg * 1980 Lester J. Norris * 1979 Bill Fisher & Dr. Josephine Nickless Fisher * 1978 Max L. Hunt * 1977 Joe K. Anderson * 1976 C.V. Amenoff * 1975 Wirth Gustafson * 1974 Edward “Doc” Healy * 1973 Karl Gartner * 1973 Joseph C. Gaffney * 1972 Carl Anderson * 1971 Dellora A. Norris * 1970 George E. Thompson * 1969 Rev. David J. Ekstrom * 1968 George Neumark * 1967 Robert A. MacNeille

The L.E.A.P. Award


Presented to an extraordinary woman in our community, the L.E.A.P. Award goes to a Chamber member who has been of remarkable assistance to other women.


Leadership ~ Holds current or past leadership positions in business and/or local organizations. Works to improve organizations in which she is involved.

Excellence ~ Demonstrates an ongoing commitment to excellence in her work and civic commitments for women.

Achievement ~ Responsible for improvements or positive change for women in her profession, business, or service organization. Recognized by her peers.

Professionalism ~ Strives to improve herself and women. Seeks out opportunities to provide assistance to other women.


Award Winners

2018 Diane Gibson * 2017 Diana McClow * 2016 Laurie Milborn * 2015 Kate Sullivan * 2014 Debbie Gurley * 2013 Rose Canfield * 2012 Merilee Curtis * 2011 Marce Van Glabek * 2010 Jane Cooper * 2009 Lydia Smith * 2008 Betsy Penny * 2007 Jane Norris * 2006 Diane Lauterer * 2005 Zoe Ingersoll * 2004 Maureen Christiansen * 2003 Ellen Divita * 2002 Karen Breier * 2001 Lori Hewitt * 2000 Kaye Siblik * 1999 Marsha Gust * 1998 Carolyn Ward * 1997 Sue McDowell * 1996 Tory Haines * 1995 Ann Davis

Rookie of the Year & Member of the Year


Each year the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce awards individuals who have provided outstanding service to the chamber contributing to the mission of the chamber and in support of our membership and/or our community at large. We give these awards at our Annual Meeting + Membership Breakfast.

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