Two Warwick Citizens of the Year will be honored in September during a ceremony at Chateau Hathorn.
Last year’s Citizen of the Year, WTBQ Radio owner Frank Truatt, as well as Outstanding Community Service Award honorees Jennifer O’Connor, Carmela Borranza and Nichole McCormick had their award presentation delayed because of the corona virus pandemic. On Sept. 15 they will finally receive their plaques and accolades along with this year’s recipients.
Who should be Warwick’s next Citizen of the Year? You might have the answer.
Local Rotarians are seeking nominations for the coveted award. A letter outlining the accomplishments and reasons for the nomination can be mailed to the Warwick Town Supervisor, 132 Kings Highway, Warwick NY 10990, or e-mailed to email@example.com. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Aug. 6.
Members of the Warwick Valley Rotary Club, a service organization of local community-minded men and women, are sponsoring the annual event.
Stan Martin and Leo Kaytes Sr., both former Warwick Rotary presidents, are co-chairing the event for the 14th time. The Warwick Citizen of the Year program was inaugurated in 1968 by the now defunct Warwick Jaycees.
“There are so many local residents who deserve recognition for making this a quality place to live,” said Martin. “These volunteers have demonstrated a commitment to community service over an extended period of time.”
Kaytes encouraged community input on candidates for 2021-2022 Warwick Citizen of the Year. He pointed out that there are so many qualified nominations that normally two additional persons are recognized with “Outstanding Community Service Awards.”
Two former Warwick Jaycees and current Warwick Rotarians - Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton and Attorney Doug Stage - are also on the committee along with John Buckley, John Bollenbach, Lilibet Lewis McLean, John McGloin, Calvin Hargis, Leo Kaytes Jr., Frank Truatt and event co-chairs Martin and Leo Kaytes Sr.