Nominations are open for Delano Citizen of the Year

Jack Lynch has been active in Delano with organizations such as the Delano American Legion and the Delano Fourth of July Committee. In recognition of his career of extraordinary volunteerism, he bears the title of 2012 Delano Citizen of the Year. (Sun staff file photo by Susan Van Cleaf)

Jack Lynch has been active in Delano with organizations such as the Delano American Legion and the Delano Fourth of July Committee. In recognition of his career of extraordinary volunteerism, he bears the title of 2012 Delano Citizen of the Year. (Sun staff file photo by Susan Van Cleaf)

The General Federated Women’s Club of Delano is asking for nominations for “Delano Citizen of the Year,” an award given each year to a person with an extraordinary record of volunteer service to the Delano community. Deadline for submitting nominations is Monday, Dec. 2.

The Women’s Club will honor the winner at its annual spring banquet on Saturday, April 26. The award and banquet have become a tradition in Delano that goes back at least 20 years. Past winners have included Dale Vander Linden, Jack Lynch, Steve Gilmer, Dave Carroll and many others. The theme of the 2013 banquet honoring Vander Linden was “Citizenship is Contagious.”

The club is seeking nominees from all groups and organizations in the Delano area. The nominee need not be a member of the nominator’s organization. The selection committee wants to know about the nominee’s family, work, volunteerism, other community involvement and activities outside the local community.

Dale Vander Linden models one of his costumes worn while enacting a story with the Story Time Players at the Delano Senior Center. He is Delano’s 2013 Citizen of the Year because of his lengthy and varied volunteer career. The General Federated Women’s Club of Delano is seeking nominations for the 2014 Citizen of the Year. (Sun staff file photo by Susan Van Cleaf)

Dale Vander Linden models one of his costumes worn while enacting a story with the Story Time Players at the Delano Senior Center. He is Delano’s 2013 Citizen of the Year because of his lengthy and varied volunteer career. The General Federated Women’s Club of Delano is seeking nominations for the 2014 Citizen of the Year. (Sun staff file photo by Susan Van Cleaf)

“Detailed information is very helpful in making the best selection,” said selection committee member Jean Pilarski.

Nominations should be sent to Pilarski at jeaniediva@msn.com or 213 Fourth St. N., Delano, MN 55328. The Women’s Club will make the final decision for Citizen of the Year. The award will be conferred for achievements, leadership and service to the community.

The selection committee wants nominations submitted in a letter with details related to the selection criteria. They include achievement and nature of service, contributions to the welfare and betterment of the community, evidence of lasting contribution to the community (length of service), diversity of activities, participation in community activities and civic enterprises and cooperation with individuals and civic organizations. Also describe the nominee’s degree of involvement by listing offices the person has held and the number of years for each.

Nominations must be in writing and signed by the individual or group making the nomination. Include the name, address and phone number of both the nominee and the nominator. A nominee must live in the Delano or surrounding area. The Women’s Club will hold nominations in the strictest of confidence.

 

 

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