A tradition that has spanned over three decades will continue again this year as Morrison Ruritan accepts nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year Award.
Club president Sue Anderson says Friday, March 2, is the deadline for nominations for the 2012 Citizen of the Year. The following guidelines are the basis for selecting the honoree:
• Nominations are to be made by the general public.
• Persons nominated must live in the Morrison area or have some connection, past or present, with the Morrison community.
• Nominees will be judged on church work, community activities or public service, or a combination of the three.
A panel of judges will review the nomination letters and select a recipient. While the primary emphasis will be on the activities of the nominee during the past 12 months, consideration will also be given to contributions made over the years.
Mike Holland, chairman of the Citizenship Committee, urges those sending in nominations to take a moment to tell the selection committee why they feel their nominee should be considered. Judging is not based on how many nominations a person receives, but on the resumes telling about the merits of the nominee.
All nominations for Citizen of the Year should be mailed to Mike Holland, 1796 Cooper Road, Morrison, TN 37357 and marked “Citizen” on the outside of the envelope. This will assure the nomination will not be opened until it is turned over to the judges for their consideration.
Members of the Ruritan Club are not eligible for the award, but a Ruritan of the Year will be named and will receive the Arry Youngblood Memorial Award at the same time as the Citizen of the Year. The selection will be made by a secret ballot of club members, and the identify of the recipient will not be revealed until the banquet.
Announcement of this year’s Citizen of the Year will be made shortly following the March 2 deadline, along with details of the banquet to be held later in the month. The 2011 Citizen of the Year recipient was Wilmus Bouldin.