Four finalists announced for 2015 Wilsonville First Citizen

Two individuals and two couples have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Wilsonville First Citizen award, which is presented by the Rotary Club of Wilsonville.

The finalists will be honored, and a winner will be announced, at Celebrating Service: The 2016 Heart of Gold Dinner and Auction, which will be held Saturday, February 6 at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn, 25425 S.W. 95th Ave., Wilsonville, Oregon. Tickets to the gala awards dinner and auction are $50 each or $400 for a table of eight. They can be purchased online at www.WilsonvilleHeart.com or https://wilsonvillerotary.ejoinme.org/tickets, or in person from any Wilsonville Rotarian.

The finalists are:

  • Dave and Sally Bany
  • Curt Kipp
  • Jaimy and Sherine Beltran
  • Eric Postma

This will be the 16th annual edition of the banquet, which was started in 2001. Kyle Bunch, President of the Wilsonville Rotary, and chair of the First Citizen Committee was encouraged by the number of nominations that were received for this year’s award.

“We had an extremely competitive pool of 13 nominees for the First Citizen award,” Bunch said. “Each of our four finalists has brought incredible gifts to our town and has made Wilsonville a better place to live because of their contributions. We are excited to honor them at our Heart of Gold Dinner and Auction and recognize the person or couple who has been chosen for the 2015 First Citizen.”

Proceeds from the event support the numerous projects of the Wilsonville Rotary Foundation, including local omelet breakfasts to raise funds for schools, the Wilsonville Chess Program to help students learn discipline and thinking skills, the Through A Child’s Eyes program to prevent the intergenerational cycle of crime, the Wilsonville Rotary Summer Concerts, scholarships for local graduates, fundraising to end polio, and annual projects that have brought solar energy to Africa and clean water to the Third World.

Here are biographies of each of the four finalists:

Dave and Sally Bany are the owners of Moonstruck Chocolate Company. Residents of Wilsonville, they co-founded the World of Speed motor sports museum in Wilsonville, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization featuring historic race cars, boats and motorcycles that tell the story of motor sports culture. The museum’s mission is to educate and entertain through the celebration and preservation of motor sports. World of Speed — in collaboration with local school districts and Clackamas Community College — now offers auto shop classes to high school students during the day and after school. Dave and Sally also co-founded West Linn, OR based Youth Music Project, a non profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides young people with music lessons, instrument use, and sophisticated, state-of-the-art performance and sound recording opportunities, regardless of the students’ ability to pay.

Jaimy and Sherine Beltran are the owners of Beltran Properties, a real estate brokerage with offices in Wilsonville and Portland. They are involved in many efforts to help the needy. They are sponsors and volunteers with Wilsonville Community Sharing, which provides assistance and resources to needy Wilsonville-area residents. They volunteer with Project Esperanza, which provides food, clothing and Christmas toys for children in the local Spanish-speaking community. Jaimy and Sherine are supporters of the My Kitchen project, which teaches home cooking, shopping and nutrition skills to at-risk youth. They are members of the BNI networking group, and they sponsor several local parent-teacher groups and school sports teams. In addition, Jaimy is involved in coaching youth sports, and he also teaches Sunday school.

Curt Kipp is the director of publications and communications at the Oregon Association of Nurseries. He chaired or co-chaired the Wilsonville Rotary Summer Concerts in 2005–2008 and 2013–present, helping contribute to the overall success of the series. The concerts raised a record $9,000 for End Polio Now in 2015, and the club has consistently been one of the top fund raisers for polio in its district. He served as president of the Rotary Club of Wilsonville in 2009–2010, and chairman of the Wilsonville Rotary Foundation in 2010–11. Curt has also served as the club Director of Public Relations from 2013–present and has co-chaired the Heart of Gold Celebration on multiple occasions. He was named Wilsonville Rotarian of the Year for 2007–08.

Eric Postma is an attorney with the law firm of Bittner & Hahs, P.C., based in Lake Oswego. His specialties are business litigation, real estate litigation, employment law, business entity formation, business transactions, civil appeals, and commercial leases. A resident of Wilsonville, he served five years on the Wilsonville Development Review Board before being appointed to the Wilsonville Planning Commission in 2011, on which he still serves. Eric is the current president of the Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce, and he has served on the chamber’s Board of Directors from 2013–present. In addition, he has volunteered extensively with Wilsonville Community Sharing and Grace Chapel.

The club is now accepting nominations for the 2016 award, which will be given in 2017. Nominations may be submitted to www.wilsonvillerotary.com/heart/nominate, or sent to president@wilsonvillerotary.com.