Call for nominations for Monroe’s Outstanding Citizen 2016
A committee representing a cross-section of community life in
Monroe is calling for nominations for Monroe’s Outstanding Citizen for
The award—administered through the First Selectman’s office—
went to Deb Heim in 2015, Diane Mellon in 2014, Enid Lipeles in 2013, Karen Burnaska in 2012 and Bernie Sippin in 2011.
Basic criteria to be applied:
- Outstanding achievement
- Exceptional volunteerism
- Humanitarian service
- Lifetime distinction
- Act(s) of courage
- Philanthropic activities
- Raising the profile/image of Monroe
All Monroe residents are eligible to nominate candidates. The
deadline is Feb. 6. Names should be submitted by e-mail or letter,
giving a description of the candidate’s qualifications in 100 words
They should be sent to Marven Moss (at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2016.
The award is to be presented at a Town Council meeting in May.
At that time a video profile of the honoree is to be premiered and a
one-of-a-kind award to be unveiled. A reception open to the public precedes the presentations.
Organizations represented on the task force and their
Monroe Historical Society, Karen Cardi, former president
Monroe Senior Citizen Center, Cathy Belanger
Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, Lorna Rhyins, adult services
Monroe Arts Council, Barbara Haeger, president
Monroe Clergy, Rev. Jennie Gingras, Monroe Congregational Church, senior pastor
WMNR Fine Arts Radio, Fred Velardi and Brian Quinn
Monroe Police Department, Chief John Salvatore
Monroe Farmers’ Market: Amy Primorac
Monroe Chamber of Commerce: Ray Giovanni, past president
Internet archaeologist and historian: Kevin Daly
Member-at-large: Marven Moss