Ketchikan’s two Rotary clubs teamed up with the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce this week to present the annual Rotary Vocation Awards, a lunchtime event that recognizes employees and business owners who provide exemplary service to the community.
Four awards were handed out Wednesday, two each in two different categories. Dianne
Jaynes, an employee of the Tongass Trading Company’s Marine Store, received the Excellence in Customer Service award.
Also receiving that award was ASE Resorts. The acronym stands for Alaska Sportfishing and Expeditions, and the business combines Cedars Lodge, Clover Pass Resort and Silverking Lodge.
The first of two entrepreneurism awards went to The Asylum Bar in downtown Ketchikan, owned by Carlos and Danielle Sepulveda.
The final award went to Liquid Stone Design, owned
by Lori Linville and Jason Shomaker. They were based in Oregon before they came to Ketchikan to build the skatepark on Park Avenue.
In addition to the hours spent on the skatepark, presenter Rosie Roppel says the two donated their expertise to a recent Rotary project: a series of concrete steps leading down to Rotary Beach.
“They worked around our rainy schedule, they worked around our duck race, they worked around our burned up forms, to make sure our job was done properly,” she said. “And in the meantime, they had to go south, pick up all their stuff — I believe your kids, too — and bring them all to Ketchikan so they could move here.”
Also attending Wednesday’s event to help hand out awards was the Rotary District 5010 Governor Dick Sutliff.