A task force representing a cross-section of community life in Monroe is calling for nominations. The award is administered through the First Selectman's Office. Among the criteria for nominees are:
- Outstanding achievement
- Exceptional volunteerism
- Humanitarian service
- Lifetime distinction
- Act(s) of courage
- Philanthropic activities
- Raising the profile/image of Monroe
Nominations should be sent to the secretary of the nominating committee, Marven Moss, at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to 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 2014.
The award is to be presented at a Town Council meeting in May. At that time a video profile of the honoree — created by the video class of Jonelle Pappas at Masuk High School — is to be premiered and aone-of-a-kind award — created by Doug Fedorko’s woodworking classat the same high school — is to be unveiled.
A reception open to the public precedes the presentations.
Organizations represented on the task force and their representatives include Karen Cardi, president of the Monroe Historical Society; Cathy Belanger of the Monroe Senior Center; Lorna Rhyins, adult services librarian at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library; Barbara Haeger, president of the Monroe Arts Council; The Rev. Jennie Gingras, senior pastor Monroe Congregational Church and a member of the Monroe Clergy Association; Fred Velardi and Brian Quinn of WMNR Fine Arts Radio; Monroe Police Chief John Salvatore; Ray Giovanni, president of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce; and members-at-large: Steve Schapiro and Marven Moss.