Chamber Seeks Nominees for Award

Chamber Seeks Nominees for Award

2019 SENIOR FARMER OF THE YEAR

Since 1981 the Madera District Chamber of Commerce has annually honored outstanding individuals for their leadership, service, and contributions to Madera County Agriculture.  The Senior Farmer of the Year Award recognizes, with great appreciation, the lifetime of an exceptional individual in the field of agriculture.

The Chamber needs your help in seeking the nominations for the 2019 Senior Farmer of the Year.  Candidates must be 65 years or over and live in Madera County.  Nominations are scored by a point system.  The scoring and final determination of the award is conducted by past Senior Farmer honorees.

Nomination forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, located at 120 North E Street in Madera, or Click here for nomination form.  Deadline for nominations is January 31, 2019.

The following recipients, through their years of hard work, have brought success and continue to provide a prosperous economic base for Madera County.  The Chamber looks forward to celebrating a new Senior Farmer of the Year; the following is the impressive list of past honorees:

1981 – Sherman Thomas
1982 – Henry Bitter
1983 – Gino Petrucci
1984 – Walter Rosskopf
1985 – A.K. Baker
1986 – Everett Garner
1987 – Floyd Nelson
1988 – Lionel Rogers
1989 – Ben Coulthard
1990 – J.E. McKinney
1991 – George Andrew
1992 – John Sordi
1993 – Ed Sagouspe
1993 Honorary – Franklin Secara
1994 – Elsie Buchenau
1995 – Norman Dill
1996 – Henry Massaro
1997 – Joe Galleano
1998 – Robert T. Houlding, Sr.
1999 – Dino Petrucci
2000 – Elvin Davis
2001 – Alfred Russell
2002 – Oliver Espinola
2003 – Will Gill, Jr.
2004 – Jack Schnoor
2005 – Richard B. Johnson
2006 – Charles Faso
2007 – Vernon Martinazzi
2008 – William “Billy” McKinney
2009 – Albert Cosyns
2010 – Johnny Deniz
2011 – Melinda “Millie” Meders
2012-13 – Sarkis Sahatdjian
2014 – Ray Pool
2015 – Ken Leach
2016 – John Yakligian
2017 – Mitch Lasgoity
2018 – Genevieve Bomprezzi

The 2019 SENIOR FARMER OF THE YEAR will be honored at the Madera Chamber of Commerce Senior Farmer Dinner on date and location to be announced, soon.  The Social Hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. The presentation of the 2019 Senior Farmer Presentation will immediately follow dinner. Cost for this event is $55.00 per person, and reserved tables of ten (10) available for $550.00.  Sponsorship Packages will be available soon; please call the Chamber of Commerce Office at (559) 673-3563 for more information.

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