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Citizen of the Year Award

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The Citizen of the Year for 2016 will be selected based upon the quality and effectiveness of volunteer work performed for the good of the community in 2015. Volunteer efforts to be considered as examples of community service include: the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, church, civic clubs, local government, education, and charitable/service organizations.

You are invited to submit a nomination for the 2016 award by completing the following form and returning it to: 2016 Citizen of the Year, Odessa Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 3626, Odessa, TX 79760. Entries may also be faxed to 333-7858. Email to lynnva@odessachamber.com

 

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2016 Citizen of the Year Luncheon
Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 11:30
Odessa Country Club

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    2016 HonoreeSondra Eoff

    Sondra Eoff

    Sondra Eoff, our 2016 Citizen of the Year, is co-owner of OP Partner, Inc. and Eofficial Enterprises, Inc., the company that will spearhead the Marriott Building project in Downtown Odessa, and serves as the catalyst to revitalization for that area.

    Until July 2015, she worked as the CEO/Co-Owner of Odessa Pumps & Equipment, a corporation specializing in sales and service of industrial, oilfield, and municipal pumps with eleven branches in Texas and New Mexico. Her previous career was a 14-year stint at Odessa Regional Hospital in various positions ending as the assistant vice president.

    Born a native Odessan, Sondra has never forgotten her roots or her love for her community. Sondra graduated from Permian High School in 1980, where she then continued her education at Odessa College and UTPB eventually receiving a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from LaSalle University.

    “There are countless people that Sondra and Toby have helped,” said Peggy Dean in her nomination form. “Numerous organizations on whose boards they both have served, hundreds of employees that have worked with them over the years, and a significant amount of economic development dollars that have been generated by their companies over the years.”

    Sondra and Toby work tirelessly to run multiple successful businesses, while still finding the time to volunteer for various organizations within their community.
    Sondra is past president of the Education Foundation Board of Directors and past chairman of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce. She also serves and has served on many other boards such as Odessa Regional Medical Center, MOTRAN, Permian Basin Area Foundation, Texas Scholars Advisory Board, Permian Basin Petroleum Association, and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Odessa.

    The Odessa Chamber is not the first to award Sondra for her efforts. In fact, Sondra has been honored with multiple awards including the Odessa Chamber of Commerce 2008 Athena Award, the 2009 Odessa College Honors Award for Business Leader in support of Education, 2009 Girls Scouts Woman of Distinction, and the 2014 Community Statesman Award in Philanthropy.

    To the many of those who know Sondra, what stands out about her is that her spirit and generosity has no bounds. Her investment into our community goes far deeper than dollars, and her commitment to the betterment of Odessa is clear within all her actions.
    Sondra is also highly active within her church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church. Sondra says her philosophy can be summed up in a quote from her hero, Mother Teresa, “God does not call us to be successful, He calls us to be faithful.”

    “Very few people are as deserving of this award as Sondra Eoff,” said Peggy Dean. “She exemplifies all of the attributes of a true Odessa Citizen of the Year. She is an excellent business woman, wife, friend, mother and volunteer.”

    Sondra and her husband Toby have been happily married for 33 years. Together, they have two sons, Jerrod; 29, and Reece; 23.

    • 2015 - Minka Sibert
    • 2014 - Dr. W. David Watts
    • 2013 - Tryon D. Lewis
    • 2012 - Renee Henderson Earls
    • 2011 - Frosty Gilliam, Jr.
    • 2010 - Jack Wood & Don Wood
    • 2009 - C. R. “Dick” Saulsbury
    • 2008 - Fred M. “Mickey” Jones
    • 2007 - W.R. “Bro” Hill
    • 2006 - Daniel J. Hollmann
    • 2005 - Virgil Trower
    • 2004 - Dr. James B. Goates
    • 2003 - Murray A. “Drew” Crutcher & John Landgraf
    • 2002 - Peggy Dean
    • 2001 - C. Richard “Dick” Sivalls
    • 2000 - Bill & Jane Hext
    • 1999 - Mike Atkins
    • 1998 - Jay Alvey
    • 1997 - Bob Barnes
    • 1996 - Buzz Hurt & Betsy Triplett-Hurt
    • 1995 - Ted G. Roden
    • 1994 - Lorraine Perryman
    • 1993 - Larry Melton
    • 1992 - Natalie Rothstein
    • 1991 - Raymond C. Stoker, Jr.
    • 1990 - Ronald L. Fancher
    • 1989 - Jan Fisher
    • 1988 - Richard “Dick” Gillham
    • 1987 - Glen Atkins
    • 1986 - J.L. “Barney” Barnett
    • 1985 - William “Bill” Holm
    • 1984 - Grace King
    • 1983 - E.M. “Ernie” Schur
    • 1982 - Charles R. Perry
    • 1981 - Dr. H.E. Hestand
    • 1980 - W.L. “Bill” Pettit
    • 1979 - Don R. Williams
    • 1978 - A.R. “Happy” Dyer
    • 1977 - Bill G. Elms
    • 1976 - Tom “Pinkie” Roden
    • 1975 - R.F. “Rudy” Juedeman
    • 1974 - Jim Reese
    • 1973 - Gayle B. Dishong
    • 1972 - A.K. Barlow
    • 1971 - H.S. “Duke” Samson
    • 1970 - Dan Hemphill
    • 1969 - Dr. Jack Rodgers
    • 1968 - Jack Logan
    • 1967 - W.O. Shafer
    • 1966 - O.F. Blank
    • 1965 - Charles B. Perry
    • 1964 - Dr. W.C. Strickland
    • 1963 - E.G. Rodman
    • 1962 - W.D. Noel
    • 1961 - John Ben Shepperd
    • 1960 - J.L. “Dusty” Rhoades
    • 1959 - H.H. “Pat” Simmons
    • 1958 - T.B. “Buck” Harris