BLN luncheons scheduled this week in Evanston, Lyman

EVANSTON — The 19th annual Uinta County Business Leadership Network awards are slated to take place this week, on Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Evanston, and on Thursday, Oct. 26, in Lyman. The awards luncheon theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation,” and local officials said they are expecting a sell-out crowd. 

This year’s speaker is Auxiliarist Robert Dittman, who is described as a “sky-diving, competitive-wrestling, Eagle-Scouting, U.S. Coast Guard volunteer.” He lost the majority of his eyesight due to his premature birth and lost his remaining vision due to a head injury sustained while wrestling as a teen. 

Dittman, known as “Blind Justice” by his colleagues, was the first blind person to complete military basic training for the U.S. Coast Guard and he has a list of other notable achievements. 

The luncheon will take place at noon on Wednesday at Evanston’s Machine Shop and noon on Thursday at Lyman’s Heritage Barn. 

Tickets are $20 and are available at the UCBLN office, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, and at

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