A panel representing a cross-section of community life in Monroe is looking for nominations for Monroe’s Outstanding Citizen for 2013.
The award—administered through the first selectman’s office—revives a tradition that gave the distinction to Karen Burnaska in 2012 and Bernie Sippin in 2011.
Among the criteria to be applied:
- Outstanding achievement
All Monroe residents are eligible to nominate candidates. The deadline is Nov. 25. Names should be submitted by e-mail or letter, giving a description of the candidate’s qualifications in 100 words or less.
They should be sent to the secretary of the nominating committee, Marven Moss (at email@example.com or 110 Church St., Monroe,CT 06468).
A full profile on each nominee is to be compiled by the committee as part of the selection process before the recipient is announced early in 2013.
The intention is to present the award at a Town Council meeting in April or May where a video profile of the honoree—created by the video class of Jonelle Pappas at Masuk High School--is to be premiered and a one-of-a-kind award presented, the work of Doug Fedorko’s woodworking class at the high school.
Organizations represented on the panel force and
Monroe Historical Society, Karen Cardi, president
Monroe Senior Citizen Center, Cathy Belanger
Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, Lorna Rhyins, adult services librarian
Monroe Arts Council, Barbara Haeger, president
Monroe Clergy Association, Rev. Jennifer Gingras, senior pastor, Monroe Congregational Church
Radio Station WMNR, Fred Velardi, broadcaster
Monroe Police Department, Chief John Salvatore
Masuk H.S. Student Council, Aviva Doery, senior class president
Monroe Chamber of Commerce, Ray Giovanni, president
Members-at-large Steve Schapiro and Marven Moss