Who should be Warwick’s next Citizen of the Year? You might have the answer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for nominations is Saturday, Sept. 12.
Warwick’s 2020-2021 Citizen of the Year and two recipients of Outstanding Community Service honors will be announced in late September. However, the awards ceremony will be postponed until health conditions are favorable for an appropriate gathering.
The Warwick Valley Rotary Club, a service organization of local community-minded men and women, is again sponsoring the annual event.
Stan Martin and Leo Kaytes Sr., both former Warwick Rotary presidents, are co-chairing the event. Thirteen years ago, they were instrumental in restarting the “Warwick Citizen of the Year” program which 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. He pointed out that there were so many qualified nominations in recent years that two additional persons will be recognized with “Outstanding Community Service Awards.”
Hannelore Chambers, who spearheaded a community-wide effort to construct a new playground in Stanley-Deming Park for all ages and abilities, is the current Citizen of the Year. Jack Ellis and Chosun Taekwondo Academy’s Youth Leadership Team were honored 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 selection committee along with John Buckley, John Bollenbach, Lilibet Lewis McLean, Calvin Hargis, John McGloin, Frank Truatt, Leo Kaytes Jr. and Warwick Valley Rotary President Edward Lynch.
Lynch said proceeds from the event will be donated to PolioPlus, Rotary International’s ongoing project to eliminate polio worldwide. Last year’s Warwick Citizen of the Year Awards Ceremony raised $6,000 after a two-for-one matching donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.