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Farmers Insurance employees to attend ‘championship’ conference

Two Silverdale representatives for Farmers Insurance qualified as “Championship” district managers and agents by Farmers Insurance for outstanding overall performance. David Connolly and Magaly Brewton-Hight will attend a Championship conference this month in Maui, Hawaii to discuss new business strategies and key issues affecting customers and the insurance industry in their communities. Only 512 agents and 47 district managers earned the privilege to attend this four-day conference.

For more information about Farmers Insurance, visit its Web site at www.farmers.com.

Chaffey Homes wins national green home building award

Chaffey Homes, a Northwest luxury home builder, recently built the Single-Family Custom Home of the Year, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which awarded the honor at the Green Building Awards Conference in May.

The home incorporates several green elements including energy efficiency, water conservation, reused materials, sustainably produced and durable materials, healthy indoor air, efficient use of space, low-impact site development and natural landscaping.

The home won for its productive use of environmentally sound designs including solar power, high efficiency windows, awnings to reduce sun exposure, ENERGY STAR appliances and water-saving appliances.

More distinctive approaches to the green project came with the reuse of materials from the deconstruction of the original home. Eighty percent of the materials were diverted from landfills and reused in the construction of the home. Doors, cabinets and other items were salvaged and reused in the home and wine racks were made from salvaged decking from the original structure.

The home project received certifications from NAHB, ENERGY STAR, Environments for Living, LEED for Homes, Seattle-area Built Green and the American Lung Association Healthy House.

Kitsap Credit Union receives state award

Kitsap Credit Union and its vendor/partner JayRay, recently received the Totem Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), recognizing their 2007 Working Together for a Healthy Tomorrow campaign as the best community outreach program in the Greater Puget Sound. A Totem Award is the highest honor bestowed on any public relations program in Washington state and is merited only in cases where a program is a model, setting the highest standard of communications professionalism.

The 2007 Healthy Tomorrow campaign focused on the credit union’s Board of Directors’ recommendation to change from a federal to a state charter. As a financial cooperative, credit union members have a say in how the credit union is operated by voting on issues of significance, such as a change in charters. As a result of the Working Together for a Healthy Tomorrow campaign, Kitsap Credit Union members recognized the value and the vote passed by more than 72 percent.

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