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The Woodbury Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Citizen of the Year award will be presented Friday to Kim Snyder. Woodbury Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker

Snyder named chamber's top citizen for 2010

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When Mark Streed thinks back to past winners of Woodbury Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Citizen of the Year Award, he can't help but be impressed.

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"Those are some incredible people," the incoming chamber chairman said.

This year Kim Snyder takes her place on that list, which includes Dick Stafford, Dixie Ewing and Jim Widen.

Streed said Snyder, the chamber's membership staff representative, fits right in.

"It's a huge honor," he said, "and Kim deserves it for sure."

Streed will present Snyder with the award at the chamber's Jan. 21 gala event at Oakdale's Prom Center.

Snyder said she was stunned last month to learn she had won the award. As a recipient of the distinction, Snyder said she expects to be even more of a community ambassador.

"The title does kind of carry a weight," she said. "That's humbling."

Snyder joined the Woodbury community in 2000 at State Farm, before taking a job at Wellington Management. After taking some time at home to raise her children, she joined the chamber as a part-time employee in 2009.

But her association with the chamber dates back even farther.

Streed said her long involvement with the organization's Country Mile running event illustrates her dedication to the chamber and the community.

"She makes it - to the outsider - seem like a seamless operation," he said. "As any good leader does, she makes you feel very important to be part of the team."

In fact, Streed said Snyder's example was what steered him toward the chamber.

"She was one of a handful of people that inspired me to jump into volunteering," he said.

In 2010, Snyder helped organize the chamber's community expo event and led a chamber membership drive that netted 44 new members, boosting enrollment to 275.

The one-year jump was "unheard of," she said.

Snyder said she enjoys being able to help orchestrate events like the business expo. In that respect, she said it reminds her of her former stint on the Woodbury Planning Commission.

"You can kind of help shape things," she said.

The millennium's first 10 years have been "quite a journey," she said.

"Wow," she said. "What am I going to do next decade?"

The Woodbury Chamber of Commerce's "Let's Paint the Town" Annual Gala will be 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Prom Center in Oakdale. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.woodbrychamber.org

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