Santee Chamber looking for Santee Person of the Year

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.


Elana Levens-Craig

The Santee Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 2015 Santee Person of the Year award. The recipient will be an individual who has made a significant contribution to the community’s quality of life through involvement in a variety of community activities, including charity, service projects, educational, youth, civic, religious or other like activity, according to Sandy Schmitt, Santee Chamber president/CEO.

Schmitt added the award may reflect current contributions or those made over time a period of time. She said nominees do not need to be chamber members or residents of Santee. Deadline for submission of nominations is Monday, Jan. 25. For more information, visit

Santee’s 2014 Person of the Year was Elana Levens-Craig, child advocate and board member with the Santee School District. She was elected to a four-year term in 2012. She also serves on the board of the Santee School District Foundation.