2018 Pioneer Citizen Nominations

SS Chamber LogoEach year, during the Chamber’s Annual Banquet, we present the Pioneer Citizen Award. In order to select the recipients of this award, we ask the community to send in nominations.

Since 1984, the Pioneer Citizen award has been given to members of the Siloam Springs community who lead with their heart, who face new challenges, and who pave the way for new frontiers. Recipients must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be a resident of Siloam Springs for at least 10 years
  • Be 65 years old or older
  • Be heavily involved, past or present, in various activities or committees of the City of Siloam Springs or the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce. The recipient’s activities are to have either:  
                               a. enhanced the economic or cultural development of Siloam Springs,
                               b. promoted Siloam Springs on a state, national, or international level. 

2008 - Myron “Pete” Peters and Doris Elrod Ramsey
2009 - Delbert “Pete” Allen and Janice Mounger
2010 - Walter Gray and Donetta Samuels
2011 - Chandler “Bub” Gunter and Art Morris
2012 - Lloyd Fagan and Bep Morrison
2013 - Bob Wasson and Mary Benjamin
2014 - Louie Thomas, James Fuller (posthumously) and Linda Brown
2015 - Mike Moss and Mark Simmons
2016 – Sid Townsend and Suellen Coleman Chase
2017 –  Jerry Cavness and Judy Omo

If you would like more information about this topic, or to submit a nomination, please contact Katelyn Coon at 479-524-6466 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2018 Annual Banquet - February 1, 2018 

The Annual Banquet is held in February each year. It is considered the official introduction of the Board Chair for the new year. The evening features the previous year’s accomplishments and awards as well as the coming year’s priorities and goals.  In 2017, almost 400 community, county and state leaders and business representatives attended.  It is a gala evening with an excellent meal, highlighted by the Pioneer Citizen Awards.
6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Simmons Great Hall at JBU



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