Lander Chamber 2022 Community Awards recipients announced, honored Friday

(Lander, WY) – The Lander Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2022 Community Awards Luncheon on Friday, March, 4th at the Lander Community and Convention Center, honoring various businesses and individuals for their contributions to the town of Lander.

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Luncheon host and Lander Chamber Executive Director Owen Sweeney jokes with the crowd. County 10 photo.

Awards are given to recognize longevity, beautification, innovation/creativity, community involvement, and contributions over a lifetime, and the Lander Ambassadors also recognize one of their members with its Ambassador of the Year award.

This year’s awards and winners included:

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  • Anchor – The Good Place, Marla Lemm, Owner
Marla Lemm, Good Place Owner. County 10 photo
  • Beautification – Lincoln Street Bakery, Justin Iskra, Head Baker & Manager; Stephanie Peterson, Head of Pastry & Manager; Kyle Vassilopoulos, Owner (Not pictured)
Justin Iskra, Head Baker & Manager; Stephanie Peterson, Head of Pastry & Manager for Lincoln Street Bakery. County 10 photo.
  • Rookie of the Year – Messenger Girls, Tanya and Tasha Messenger, Owners (mother/daughter team)
Tanya & Tasha Messenger (and Ireland), Messenger Girls Owners. County 10 photo
  • Past President – Jonathan Tonkowich, Vice President of Student Affairs, Wyoming Catholic College
Jonathan Tonkowich, Vice President of Student Affairs, Wyoming Catholic College. County 10 photo
  • Spirit of Lander – Tammy Green
Tammy Green. County 10 photo
  • Lifetime Contribution – Paula McCormick
Paula McCormick. County 10 photo
  • Ambassador of the Year – Chuck Guschewsky (†)
Paul Guschewsky accepted the award on behalf of his brother, the late Chuck Guschewsky, pictured with award presenter Brian Rohrbacher. County 10 photo.

In addition to the delicious food served before the awards were presented, the keynote speaker for the afternoon was Central Wyoming College (CWC) President Dr. Brad Tyndall, who discussed CWC projects such as the Rocky Mountain Complex and CWC Lander-based Alpine Science Institute (ASI).

Among the ASI projects discussed were the Interdisciplinary Climate Change Expedition (ICCE) and the Broadening Inclusion Knowledge and Experience in Sciences (BIKES) programs.

CWC President Brad Tyndall addresses the crowd. County 10 photo.
Stacy Wells was recognized by Tyndall along with her husband Darran for their work with BIKES and ICCE. County 10 photo.
Dr. Tyndall also recognized various attendees for their work with CWC programs. County 10 photo.

To view all past Community Award recipients, click here.

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