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Salute to Leaders

Salute to Leaders Awards - an annual event hosted by the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, honors individuals and groups for their contributions to the Clermont County community in various fields: Civic, Community Project, Education, Environmental/Parks & Recreation, Faith, Health Care, Humanitarian, Human Services, Military, Rural Interests and Leadership.

We are very proud of our past winners:

2020:  Christopher Leggett, Boy Scouts of America
Christopher Leggett is a busy person who enjoys working with Boy Scouts in the community and the region. Christopher is a U.S. Marine veteran who served in Somalia, is an assistant Scout Master for Troop 135, NRA Range Safety Officer, Shooting Committee Dan Beard Council, BB Gun & Archery Range Master, USA Level 2 Archery Instructor, U.S. Grant committee member, Merit Badge Counselor for Fishing, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Archery, and Insect Study, Wood Badge 2015 Leadership Training for Scouts, and serves as president of his HOA Board for Regatta at Lights Hill and has been on the board since 2014. He has volunteered with his son at the Growing Fields in Northern Kentucky getting them ready for planting. They provide food to the local food banks. He enjoys helping kids in Scouting, teaching them to do their best and to help others. He volunteered for the Wheelchair Olympics when they were in Cincinnati working the archery range with disabled veterans. His past roles in Scouting included Committee Chair Pack 155, Venturing Crew Associate Advisor Crew 135, and Camp Master for Cub World.

2019:   New Richmond Riverfest Inc.
New Richmond Riverfest Inc. is a group of 10 volunteers who give of their time endlessly. New Richmond Riverdays, including the very entertaining Cardboard Boat Regatta, is one of the major events this group has supported for more than 40 years. The group provides everything necessary for the three-day, family-friendly festival, including the music entertainment, set-up, clean-up, advertising and insurance. Planning Riverdays is a year-long effort. The group also provides the insurance for all major public events in the village throughout the year, including July 4th Celebration and the River Village Christmas. Former New Richmond Fire Chief Richard Feldkamp is a long-time member and is called the group’s “fearless leader.”

2018:  Sherry & Steve Light
Sherry and Steve Light support their community and veterans. They have been a Clermont County Township Association banquet sponsor for 20 years. They sponsor many activities at New Richmond and West Clermont schools. They help the New Richmond area ministries with community dinners for Christmas and Back to School events. They supported the Moscow tornado relief efforts. They donated funds for the new parking lot, patio, sidewalk and landscaping at VFW Post 6770; helped make repairs to the American Legion Post 550 parking lot; and assisted disabled veterans with driveway aprons and access ramps. They adopted 10 veterans for Christmas.

2017 – Lions Reach Out
2016 – Sonia Kroger
2015 – New Richmond Liars Club
2014 – Raymond Hayslip
2013 – Charles R. Beiser, Sr.
2012 – Aileen Whitt
2011 – Judy Middeler
2010 – Ralph Shepherd
2009 – Richard Feldkamp
2008 – Robert Frey
2007 – Mindy Graser, New Richmond Food Pantry
2006 – Ron Bird
2005 – Jerry B. Ginn
2004 – Fred Herbert
2003 – Alva Thomson
2002 – Robert Tucker
2001 – Ruben Willis
2000 – Joseph MIddeler
1999 – John Gilfillen
1998 – Baron Clift
1997 – William Donham, Jr.
1996 – Beetty Hinson
1995 – Robert McInturf
1994 – Rev. Charles Harrison