First Citizens Awards

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2019 Keizer First Citizen & Award Recipients

Hersch Sangster
Hersch Sangster2019 First Citizen
Hersch, is a man who has mentored and served Keizer in multiple ways for many years. He is “the guy people want to know and be around”. He has a deep passion for transportation and cycling.

Hersch and his wife, Marianne, have lived in Keizer for many years. He is an active community servant, participating with community organizations and boards such as SE Keizer Neighborhood Association, Salem-Keizer Mass Transit, Keizer Rotary, McNary High School Boosters (band and athletic), and the City of Keizer Bikeways/Traffic Committee.

Hersch has a remarkable talent for getting things done and being exceptionally kind to all around him. His deep love for cycling has fostered his approach to bringing access and safety to all.

Hersch “got caught” doing great things for Keizer, and the short list of honorees who have come
before him are proud to see his name added.

Dave Walery
Dave Walery2019 Merchant of the Year
Dave Walery, owner of Walery’s Premium Pizza, and known to many in the community as “Mr. Christmas” or “Mr. Keizer”, exudes the definition of a servant leader.
In the words of his employees “Dave loves Keizer with all of his heart and instills in us everyday how important it is to give back to family, friends and our community.“

Dave has served on the Keizer Chamber Board of Directors for more than a decade, he was the chair of the Keizer Iris Festival main tent for 20+ years until 2016 when he became chair of the entire festival. He is also the chair of Christmas in Keizer, spearheading the upkeep of Walery Plaza, where the community Christmas Tree grows and is lit each year for all to enjoy during the Christmas season; he is also in charge of the city’s Christmas street light decorations, maintaining and hanging them with his crew of elves.

In addition to Dave’s servant heart, he has a huge giving heart as well. He gives back to many area non profits such as the Keizer Police Department, St. Edwards Church, and McNary High School.

Tammy Ready
Tammy Ready2019 Service to Education
Tammy Ready, a wife, mother, sister, friend, full time executive assistant, leader, advocate and all around trail blazer brings great access and opportunity to many of Keizer’s youth and the programs that serve them.

Tammy is a dedicated volunteer for many youth serving organizations in and around Keizer, such as: McNary Athletic Boosters, McNary Youth Football, Liberty House, Family Building Blocks, Whiteaker 8th Grade Graduation Party, Whiteaker Choir, and Keizer Chambers Network of Women’s Giving Basket Program.

Tammy is the creative “can-do” mind behind many projects. When she sees a need, rather than waiting for someone to call out for help, she steps up and
offers suggestions and her commitment to execute. She is passionate and hardworking and truly loves every minute of every project she has ever taken on.

She is humble, kind and a role model for many. Tammy is more than deserving of this community recognition.

Jeremy Turner
Jeremy Turner2019 President's Award
Jeremy Turner is a local businessman, father, husband and proud UC Davis Alum. He has a passion for helping those around him succeed. Jeremy is a member of Keizer’s Men of Action (MAK), and frequently leads those around him.

Jeremy gladly takes on projects like overhauling the Boys & Girls Club Garden, loading and transporting food barrels for the K.N.O.W. Giving Baskets, moving furniture and driving a CDL required truck for the Keizer Chamber’s big relocation or any of the other small but important tasks he’s asked to do.

Jeremy is a joy to have around, and a great example to all.

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The following lists of individuals and organizations are comprised of those who have made significant, impactful, and lasting changes to the community of Keizer. Not only do we recognize them for their contributions to commerce, but also to the spirit of the city and its citizens. We are proud to call these people friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors.

First Citizens

1964 Robert O. Smith
1965 Roger Hawley
1966 Onas Olson
1967 Rusty Teets
1968 Harry Pease
1969 Sam Orcutt
1970 Bob Stutzman
1971 Ray Boucher
1972 Pat Valentino
1973 Duane Sanford
1974 Al Watts
1975 Ernie Fish
1976 Steve Halbeisen
1977 Alice Jones
1978 Ralph Bauer
1979 Earl McBratney
1980 Leona Stutzman
1981 Vern Casterline
1982 Kathleen Hanneman
1983 Dick Bauer
1984 John Ettinger
1985 Phil Bay
1986 Vic Backlund
1987 Biff Hogue
1988 Bob Simon
1989 Terry Williams
1990 JoAnne Beilke
1991 Bob French
1992 Michel Gaynor
1993 Holly Erickson
1994 John Jenkins
1995 Dave Bauer
1996 Bob Newton
1997 Tom Bauer
1998 Jerry McGee
1998 Shirley McGee
1999 Les Zaitz
2000 Jim Keller
2001 Ted Anagnos
2002 Mary Opra
2003 Wayne Thackery
2004 Dave Walery
2005 Randy Miller
2006 Charlene Weathers
2007 Greg Frank
2008 Clint Holland
2009 Roland Herrera
2010 Jeramy Williams
2011 Bob & Pam Zielinski
2012 Hank Tarter
2013 John Doneth
2014 Lore Christopher
2015 Mark Caillier
2016 Jim Trett
2017 Joe Egli
2018 Vickie Jackson
2019 Hersch Sangster

Merchant of the Year

1959 Ray Boucher
1962 Jan Boardrow
1964 Duane Sanford
1964 Clarence Zaitz
1965 Ralph Bauer
1966 Eino Setala
1967 Bill Pemberton
1968 Al Watts
1969 Linda Nelson
1970 John Turnbull
1971 Ralph Bauer
1972 Earl McBratney
1973 Max Martin
1974 Dave Hemphill
1975 Steve Halbeisen
1976 Eloise Whitmore
1977 Lois Newton
1978 John Stewart
1979 Marge Bowder
1980 Jane Anderson
1980 Dick Bauer
1981 Dave McBratney
1981 Lloyd Weigel
1982 JoAnne Beilke
1983 Velma Tepper
1984 Tom Bauer
1985 John Lien
1986 Howard Wood
1987 Sharon Ray Cook
1988 Pat Walters
1989 Marlene Wellin
1990 Christine Dieker
1991 Ted Anagnos
1992 Tom Dieker
1993 Craig Koller
1994 Les Zaitz
1994 Scotta Callister
1995 Jim Keller
1996 Wayne Thackery
1997 Sam Goesch
1998 Mary Hupy
1999 Jim Nardi
2000 John Preston
2001 Judy Randolph
2002 David Banks
2003 Markey Humberstad
2004 Vickie Jackson
2005 Renee Braun
2006 Randy Moseley
2007 Susy Riches
2008 Rich Duncan
2009 AJ Nash
2010 Rick Day
2011 Audrey Butler
2012 Gillian Herndon McNary Golf Club
2013 Rob Miller
2014 Joe Egli
2015 Scott White
2016 Bob Shackelford
2017 Larry Jackson
2018 Kyle Juran
2019 Dave Walery

Service to Education

1983 Mickey McClure
1984 Sandi Smick
1984 Frank Pauley
1985 Dave Guile
1985 Cliff Girod
1986 Anita Scriptor
1987 Marion Newton
1988 Sheriann Fisher
1989 John Bohlander
1990 Ken Collins
1991 Gene Hittner
1992 Jeanne Bridges
1993 Denny Pieters
1994 Eleanor Hall
1995 Dixie Moravec
1995 Scott Torgeson
1996 Terry Shrout
1997 Donald Watson
1998 Doug Hartman
1999 Sally Phillips
2000 Deana Dean
2001 Barbara Fontana
2002 Judy Peterson
2003 Donna Wyatt
2004 Jeramy Williams
2005 Carolyn Ream
2006 Jim Trett
2007 Steve Sanchez
2008 Debbie Koller
2009 Don & Ann Lebold
2010 Linda Baker
2011 Kim Phillips
2012 Margo & Dawn
2013 Ron Hittner
2014 Chuck & Krina Lee
2015 John Honey
2016 Larry Smith
2017 Jason Flores
2018 Brian Aicher
2019 Tammy Ready

President’s Award

1980 Jerry Bowerly
1995 Wayne Thackery
1996 Dave Walery
1997 John Morgan
1998 Dennis Koho
1999 Wally Mull
2000 Bob Peterson
2001 Markey Humberstad
2002 Roberta Schmechel
2004 Bob & Pam Zielinski
2005 Ron Freeman
2006 Jacque Moir
2007 Dayspring Fellowship
2007 Audrey Butler & KNOW, Keizer’s Network of Women
2008 Steve Clark
2009 Chet Patterson
2010 Sherrie Gottfried
2011 Al & Anne Rasmuss
2012 Richard Walsh
2013 Jim Taylor
2013 Mark Caillier
2014 Dan Clem
2015 Danielle Bethell
2016 Dave Walery
2017 Matt Lawyer
2018 Larry Schmidgall
2019 Jeremy Turner