Volunteer of the Month

January 2019


There are many citizens of our great community who fly under the radar as far as doing great things without recognition.  We get so accustomed to seeing these individuals everywhere, we forget they are volunteers.  The fearless leader at the Chamber is one of those people.  She is everywhere, doing everything out of the goodness of her heart.  That is why on Thursday, January 10th, in a surprise presentation at the General Membership Luncheon, The Chamber honored Kate McAlister as the January Volunteer of the Month.

Her long-time friend, Marcia Pilgeram presented her with the award, listing off the countless organizations she has volunteered for, the many boards she sits on, and everything in between.  McAlister currently serves as the President of The Angels of Over Sandpoint, sits on the board of the Forest Bird Charter School, Kaniksu Health, and The Bonner County Regional Team.  She spends countless hours planning and executing non-profit events for the Chamber of Commerce and the Angels.

You will find her many evenings and weekends, working as the M.C., signing the National Anthem, or volunteering at area events, hosting journalists who come to town to write about Sandpoint, coordinating weddings of friends and family, helping young professionals with their business and marketing plans, resume building, and general advice.  “No one loves Sandpoint and her people more than Kate! She demonstrates it constantly; giving her time so generously to community, organizations and individuals alike!” said Pilgeram.

“I was both surprised and humbled by the honor”, said McAlister at the luncheon.  “I love this town and the people in it.”

Please join us in thanking Kate McAlister for her endless commitment to Sandpoint and the people who live here.  She is the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Month for January. Congratulations!


Marcia Pilgeram presents Chamber President & CEO Kate McAlister with the January Volunteer of the Month award.

VOM 2018-2017

December 2018:  Ken Wood | October 2018:  Selkirk Fire Rescue & EMS | September 2018:  Justin Dick | August 2018:  Mack Deibel |  July 2018: CHAFE 150 Committee | June 2018: Matt Gillis | May 2018:  Kathy Chambers | January 2018:  Deanna Harris & The Downtown Shopping District | December 2017: Judy & Tom Dabrowski | November 2017: Sharon and Jamie Bistadeau |  October 2017:  Connie Taylor |  September 2017:  Jim Zuberbuhler  | August 2017:  Clem Hackworthy | July 2017:  Michele Murphree | May 2017: Dr. Mark Cochran | April: Steve Sanchez | March 2017: Bob Witte | February 2017: Corey Coon

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