(Lander, WY) – The Lander Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2023 Community Awards Luncheon on Friday, March 3 at the Lander Community and Convention Center, honoring various businesses and individuals for their contributions to the town of Lander.
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:
- Beautification Award (For outstanding business appearance) – Welcome Home by Scott Robeson Custom Woodworking
- Rookie of the Year Award (For innovation and creativity) – Anam Cara Caregiving
- Lander Ambassador of the Year – Bob Tipton
- Past President (Recognizes service and dedication to the Lander Chamber of Commerce) – Eric Andrews
- Anchor Award (For surviving the challenge of time) – Allen’s Diamond 4 Ranch
- Lifetime Contribution Award: Rick Fagnant
When it was time for the Spirit of Lander Award, most attendees were in for a surprise when Sweeney announced that Wyoming First Lady Jennie Gordon would be the one giving out the award, which this year went to Deanna Trumble.
First Lady Gordon shared personal stories of working with Trumble, who is the regional director of her Wyoming Hunger Initiative, and went on to name some of the many ways she has contributed to the lander community of the years.
To close out the afternoon celebrations, keynote speaker Helen Wilson, the Executive Director for the Wind River Visitors Council, highlighted some of the many projects the Council has accomplished in her time there, such as the CDT Gateway Community designation, last summer’s van life and overlanding event, work with the Journal of Lost Time, and many more.
Wilson also teased some upcoming projects as well, including potential way-finding signage in Lander for tourists, map/trail signage at the Bus Loop, a video display at the Chamber building, and a filmed fly fishing series that aims to promote the beauty of the area.
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Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!