2021 Awards

These awards were presented at the 2022 Annual Dinner to 2021’s outstanding individuals, organizations, and businesses.

📷: Tom Ganser

The Stewart & Newhouse Families accepting for Jim Stewart and John Newhouse in memoriam

Good Neighbor Award

John Newhouse & Jim Stewart 

The Chamber presents the Good Neighbor award to an individual(s) who is an outstanding citizen and represents Whitewater community at its best. Recipients make a lasting and positive difference in Whitewater by improving quality of life.

John Newhouse dedicated his entire professional career to making sure he could guide the future generation in a good direction.  His passion for education was ever present in his classroom. Newhouse’s leadership was also present during nearly 20 years as Principal of Whitewater High School from 1968 to 1987. He was truly the best of neighbors.

We have Jim Stewart to thank for keeping this community connected in a number of ways.  His retirement, after decades of service to UW-Whitewater, earning the position of Registrar, began The Whitewater Banner.  This has been an integral part of keeping the community informed through a dedicated local news source since August of 2006. Stewart was the embodiment of selfless service and truly a good neighbor for Whitewater.

📷: Tom Ganser

Kelly Landis accepting for Kay Robers

Community Spirit Award

The Community Space

Chamber presents the Community Spirit Award to a business or organization that is a leader in engaging and supporting the Whitewater community. The Community Space, under the direction of Kay Robers, regularly goes above and beyond in their work to ensure the community and its residents have the things they need to keep their families clothed, fed, and healthy.

📷: Tom Ganser

Gary Hitchcock accepting

Lifetime Impact Award

Ice Age Trail Alliance

The Chamber presents the Lifetime Impact Award to an organization that has been part of the Whitewater community for over 20 years and positively impacts the community’s development and growth. This year we honor the Ice Age Trail Alliance. They work tirelessly to encourage residents and visitors alike to embrace the beautiful outdoor landscape of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

📷: Tom Ganser

Sammy Spiegelhoff accepting

Service Excellence Award

Whitewater Nutrition – Sammy Spiegelhoff

Chamber presents the Service Excellence Award to a local business that demonstrates hometown hospitality by delivering excellent customer service and care to their customers and the community. Whitewater Nutrition, owned by Sammy Spiegelhoff, opened her business in the fall of 2021. In that short time, she has recognized great success. Whitewater Nutrition has an avid following of customers who rave about the service she delivers and the care she has for her clients. 8 of her loyal customers nominated her!

📷: Tom Ganser

Ryan Callahan accepting

Discover Whitewater Tourism Award

UW-Whitewater Athletic Department

The Chamber presents the Discover Whitewater Tourism Award to the business or organization that creates a welcoming and exciting experience for travelers and guests. The UW-Whitewater Athletic Department brings visitors from all over the country to Whitewater to enjoy the many talents and successes of the UW-Whitewater Athletes. They provide valuable opportunities for youth to learn from their athletes during summer camps and they work with local athletic teams on building their skills.