There was the usual suspense, but the recipients were more surprised than the audience when the Kennewick man and woman of the year were announced Monday night. Two fine, generous community leaders were chosen this year - Craig Eerkes as Man of the Year and Sandi Strawn as Woman of the Year. Generosity and leadership mark both of these outstanding citizens. Eerkes, head of Sun Pacific Energy and chairman of AmericanWest Bank, has led many community fundraising endeavors. He's generous with his time, talents and personal resources. Strawn, who owns Dependable Janitor Service with her husband, Dean, is a former Benton County commissioner known equally for her charitable works, leadership and her musical gifts. Leadership and generosity are two main characteristics for selection as Kennewick's man and woman of the year. So is commitment. Eerkes and Strawn have been strong supporters of United Way and many other worthwhile community organizations for years. The independent panel of judges could not have chosen better. The awards are given by the Past Kennewick Men of the Year and the Soroptimists. Eerkes and Strawn are two of the principal reasons and examples of why the Tri-Cities, not just Kennewick, has such a fine reputation for community service - and involvement by its leading citizens. Story from the Tri-City Herald Posted by Colleen Lane on
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