From left: Alexandra Turner of Ardingers/Alexandra’s, Sarah Culbertson of The Frame Shop, and Chris Lynch of The Rookery. The three won Volunteer of the Year awards at the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner.

Each year the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce takes the time to recognize local businesses, organizations, and individuals that have had a significant impact on Kodiak’s economy and community at its Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner. This year attendees came in a style befitting the Old Hollywood theme!

The KCOC board solicits nominations for awards from chamber members and then deliberate over who will be awarded. This year the Board selected eight awardees, who were presented with plaques during the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Dinner, October 12. The winners are listed below.

President’s Award: Oceans Church

Volunteers of the Year: Sarah Culbertson of The Frame Shop, Alexandra Turner of Ardingers/Alexandra’s, and Chris Lynch of The Rookery

Service Organization of the Year: The Kodiak Kiwanis Club

Business of the Year: Compass Suites

Member of the Year: Discover Kodiak

Cornerstone Award: Kodiak Electric Association

The Cornerstone Award is given to a KCOC member that, through its history of service, has established itself as a cornerstone of the community. KEA was particularly chosen for this honor because of its commitment, year after year, to providing clean and renewable energy to the community.

“Every year the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce is proud to be able to recognize businesses and individuals that go above and beyond for our community,” said Frank Schiro, Executive Director of the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce. “Oceans church, the winner of the President’s Award, gave out 504 school kits to Kodiak and neighboring village students and is a great example. The work the three Volunteers of the Year have done to support shopping local and small businesses is another. It is this type of contribution that makes Kodiak a thriving, successful community.”

Anyone interested in joining the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce as an individual or an organization, should contact or 907 486 5557, for more information. A list of member benefits and an online enrollment form can be found on their website:

Kodiak Choir students

Five Kodiak choir students have been selected to perform with the 2018 Alaska School Activities Association All-State Choirs. The five students, who sing in Kodiak High School Choirs under the direction of Laura Blackwood, are: Abraham Fields, Avery Kreischer, Felix Lewis, Antonia Pristas, and Rebekah Walton.

The five students, who sing in Kodiak High School Choirs under the direction of Laura Blackwood, were chosen for the state championship music event through a competitive process held statewide this month. Over 550 choir students audition annually for top rankings and 30 percent or fewer are selected for the honor.

The All-State Choirs will perform in Anchorage on Saturday, November 17 at West Anchorage High School Auditorium as part of the ASAA 2018 All-State Music Festival. More information regarding the event can be found on the ASAA website:

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