Spirit of Saint Louis Award Recipients

2019 - Melissa Allen

Melissa Allen

Annually, the Middle of the Mitten Association presents this award to the "Citizen of the Year" in St. Louis.  It is presented at the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in January. 
 
To nominate someone for the award CLICK HERE for a copy of the required form.

2018 - Ron Salladay

Ron Salladay 2018 winner

Annually, the Middle of the Mitten Association presents this award to the "Citizen of the Year" in St. Louis.  It is presented at the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in January. 
 
To nominate someone for the award CLICK HERE for a copy of the required form.

2017 - Judy Root

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Annually, the Middle of the Mitten Association presents this award to the "Citizen of the Year" in St. Louis.  It is presented at the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in January. 
 
To nominate someone for the award CLICK HERE for a copy of the required form.

2016 - Phil Maxwell

Phil Maxwell 2017

Annually, the Middle of the Mitten Association presents this award to the "Citizen of the Year" in St. Louis.  It is presented at the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in January.
 
To nominate someone for the award CLICK HERE for a copy of the required form.

Phil Maxwell (center) with his award.

Middle of the Mitten Association

St. Louis’s branch of the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce, the Middle of the Mitten Association, is dedicated to improving the business climate in the St. Louis area as well as to support community events.

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Middle of The Mitten Association

The Middle of the Mitten Association meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 12:15 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend and participate.

The Middle of the Mitten Association is a long-time member of the Michigan Festival & Events Association.

Middle of the Mitten Association Sponsored and Supported Activities

  • Middle of the Mitten Community Golf Outing
  • Joe Scholtz Memorial Fishing Derby
  • Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks
  • Old US-27 Motor Tour
  • Small Town Family Christmas Parade and Reception

Additional projects that the Mitten has supported include:

  • Downtown St. Louis Murals
  • Memorial Day Parade and flags
  • T.A. Cutler Memorial Library events
  • St. Louis Area Historical Society projects
  • St. Louis Downtown Street Banners
  • St. Louis Promotional Brochures
  • Annual New Business and PRIDE Awards
  • St. Louis History Books

Pride and New Business Awards

Every year the Middle of the Mitten recognizes new businesses who have opened the previous year or businesses that have changed ownership.  In addition, chamber members who make physical improvements to their business are given Pride Awards.

Pride Awards 2020

New Business Awards 2020

  • Commercial Bank
  • Flegal Tech Repair/Mom & Dad's
  • Law Office of Rhonda Clark
  • Miller Auto
  • My Alma Ford Lincoln
  • River Rock
  • St. Louis Campground
  • St. Louis Optics
  • The Snack Guys
  • TCF National Bank
  • Car City
  • The Crafty Pare
  • Hair We'R Salon
  • LINK Learning Center
  • MI Primary Care
  • Mom & Dad's
  • New To You
  • The Razors Edge
  • Room132 Gifts
  • The Snack Guys
  • TCF National Bank

Previous Spirit of Saint Louis Award Recipients

2015 -Jim Kelly

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Annually, the Middle of the Mitten Association presents this award to the "Citizen of the Year" in St. Louis.  It is presented at the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in January.
 
To nominate someone for the award CLICK HERE for a copy of the required form.
 
St. Louis Mayor Jim Kelly (center) with his award.

2014 - Bill Coty

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Annually, the Middle of the Mitten Association presents this award to the "Citizen of the Year" in St. Louis.  It is presented at the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in January.
 
To nominate someone for the award CLICK HERE for a copy of the required form.

Pictured: 2013 Spirit of St. Louis Award recipient Chuck Oatten presenting the 2014 Spirit of St. Louis Award to recipient Bill Coty.

2013 - Chuck Oatten

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Annually, the Middle of the Mitten Association presents this award to the "Citizen of the Year" in St. Louis.  It is presented at the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in January.
 
To nominate someone for the award CLICK HERE for a copy of the required form.

Pictured (L-R): Ithaca Person of the Year George Bailey, Alma Order of the Tartan Award winner John Manzullo and Spirit of St. Louis Award recipient Chuck Oatten.

2012 - Corey Bailey

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Annually, the Middle of the Mitten Association presents this award to the "Citizen of the Year" in St. Louis.  It is presented at the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in January.
 
To nominate someone for the award CLICK HERE for a copy of the required form.

The above photo shows St. Louis winner Corey Bailey, Ithaca recipient Paul Hornak and Alma winner Harmony Nowlin.

Photo Courtesy of Gratiot County Herald.

2011 - Gary & Lou Irvin

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Annually, the Middle of the Mitten Association presents this award to the "Citizen of the Year" in St. Louis.  It is presented at the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in January.
 
To nominate someone for the award CLICK HERE for a copy of the required form.
 
Gary and Lou Irvin were the Spirit of St. Louis Award winners for 2011 and are pictured at the far right of the photo, along with other local award winners Pat Earegood, Dave Roslund, Charlie & Marlene Teegardin and Larry Mott.
 
Photo courtesy of the Gratiot County Herald.

2010 - Jane Keon

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Annually, the Middle of the Mitten Association presents this award to the "Citizen of the Year" in St. Louis.  It is presented at the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in January.
 
To nominate someone for the award CLICK HERE for a copy of the required form.
 
Other pictured (L-R):  Chamber President's Award winner Craig Zeese, Alma Tartan Award winner Duane Stacey and Ithaca Person of the Year Marci Browne.

2009 - Norris Bay

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Annually, the Middle of the Mitten Association presents this award to the "Citizen of the Year" in St. Louis.  It is presented at the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in January.
 
To nominate someone for the award CLICK HERE for a copy of the required form.
 
Photo courtesy of Gratiot County Herald
 
The 2009 winner was Norris Bay, pictured third from left. 
 
Other pictured (L-R): Sharon Fenton/Alma, Dr. Rex Rimmel/Ithaca and Don Schurr/Greater Gratiot Development

2008 - Jean Nevins

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Annually, the Middle of the Mitten Association presents this award to the "Citizen of the Year" in St. Louis.  It is presented at the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in January.
 
To nominate someone for the award CLICK HERE for a copy of the required form.
 
Photo courtesy of Gratiot County Herald
 
The 2008 winner was Jean Nevins, pictured at right. To see a summary of Jean's accomplishments that was read at the presentation ceremony CLICK HERE.

2007 - Dave McMacken

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Annually, the Middle of the Mitten Association presents this award to the "Citizen of the Year" in St. Louis.  It is presented at the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in January.
 
To nominate someone for the award CLICK HERE for a copy of the required form.

Photo courtesy of Gratiot County Herald

The 2007 winner was Dave McMacken, pictured at center. To see a summary of Dave's accomplishments that was read at the presentation ceremony CLICK HERE.

2006 - Joe Scholtz

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Annually, the Middle of the Mitten Association presents this award to the "Citizen of the Year" in St. Louis.  It is presented at the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in January.
 
To nominate someone for the award CLICK HERE for a copy of the required form.

The 2006 winner was Joe Scholtz, pictured far right. To see s summary of Joe's accomplishments that was read at the presentation ceremony CLICK HERE.

List of Past Recipients

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2020
2019 - Melissa Allen
2018 - Ron Salladay
2017 - Judy Root
2016 - Phil Maxwell
2015 - Jim Kelly
2014 - Bill Coty
2013 - Chuck Oatten
2012 - Corey Bailey
2011 - Gary & Lou Irvin

2010 - Jane Keon
2009 - Norris Bay
2008 - Jean Nevins
2007 - Dave McMacken
2006 - Joe Scholtz
2005 - Shada Biabani
2004 - Sam Bush
2003 - Jo Ward
2002 - Maynard Peacock
2001 - Jerry Church

2000 - Phillip Raske
1999 - Dennis Collison
1998 - Jan Bunting
1997 - Jim Schwartzmiller
1996 - Bill Shrum
1995 - Larry Parsons
1994 - Brad Vibber
1993 - Craig Zeese
1992 - Don & Donna Kelley
1991 - Penny Wischmeyer

1990 - Jim Ayers
1989 - George Kubin
1988 - Linda Johnson
1989 - Leonard Johnson
1986 - Greg Seifker
1985 - Gary Goetzinger
1984 - Bill Mayes
1983 - Leroy Hubble
1982 - Charlie Brown
1981 - Eugene Nikkari

1980 - St. Louis Cheerleaders
1979 - Kenneth Barnum
1978 - Douglas McKim
1977 - Not awarded
1976 - Richard Green
1975 - Frank Starry
1974 - Dr. William Knowles
1973 - Adeline Phillips
1972 - Lucille Peckinpaugh
1971 - Tom Billig

1970 - Duane Parrott & Alan Schultz
1969 - Larry Shirely
1968 - William Dennis
1967 - Fred Carter
1966 - Chuck Touzeau