Winston, Oliphant lead honorees at 2014 chamber awards
Two citizens who have played major roles in making the high quality of life in Lake Oswego were honored at the 2014 Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet and auction held Wednesday night at the Oswego Lake Country Club.
Carol Winston was named Community Leader of the Year, while Doug Oliphant was recognized as the winner of the Bob Bigelow Lifetime Achievement Award.
They received high praise from award presenters Mark Birge and Peter Glazer.
Winston, owner of Accessories From the Heart and former president of the Lake Oswego Rotary Club, was praised for the high quality of her own heart by Birge, who noted that the Lake Oswego community would be much different without Winston.
"This year's recipient possesses a truly rare, amazing quality," Birge said. "It is the quality that most attracts us to her and makes us eager to follow her lead."
Winston has played a remarkably active role in promoting Lake Oswego business and culture. She is past president of the chamber and she is currently chairwoman of the Lake Oswego Business Association. She has memberships in the Lake Oswego Arts Council, the advisory board of Coffee Creek women's prison and a supporter of Clackamas Women's Services. She was a strong supporter of the Hello LO marketing campaign as well as the LO Wine Walk and Gallery Without Walls, to just name a few.
Besides being president, Winston's Rotary accomplishments include being assistant to the district governor for Rotary District 5100 and attending six Rotary International conventions throughout the world.
"Rarely has someone been more deserving of this award than Carol Winston," Birge said. "And rarely has someone led more 'from the heart.'"
Glazer praised Oliphant for being part of the civic achievement tradition established by Bigelow, the late publisher of the Lake Oswego Review who died in 2000. Glazer noted that Oliphant's Lake Oswego roots go back to 1865, when one of his ancestors, John Corse Trullinger, purchased the town site of Oswego and the Durham Mill and filed the first plat in Clackamas County.
Oliphant has compiled an impressive record of service in this community. Just a partial list includes three-time president of the LO Chamber, treasurer for Lakewood Center for the Arts, co-founding the Village Flower Basket Program, president of the Lake Oswego Corporation, five-time president of the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center Foundation and director of Donate Life Northwest.
In recent years Oliphant founded the Your Everyday Cross Ministry, in which thousands of Christians across the country have been given crosses.
Glazer noted that Oliphant is preceded by some of Lake Oswego's most outstanding citizens, including Judie Hammerstad, Chuck O'Leary, Peter Jurney, Virginia Campbell and Dee Denton.
Besides Winston and Oliphant, other outstanding citizens were honored at the banquet. They were:
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