BY JOE HOSHAW Jr.
Grosse Ile Rotary Club has begun its annual quest to find and honor the Island’s “Citizen of the Year.”
The effort will culminate Thursday, May 25, when the club will recognize its recipient during a banquet at the Grosse Ile Yacht Club.
Event Committee Chairman Ron Palmer said letters and nomination forms have been sent out to organizations through the township in search of award candidates.
At the 2016 event, longtime firefighter and community volunteer Robert Walters was recognized as Citizen of the Year, becoming the 56th person chosen for an honor that has a tradition stretching back to 1961 — and is intended to recognize those whose volunteer efforts make Grosse Ile “an event better place to live and work.”
Grosse Ile organizations have until April 30 to submit a nomination for the person they think is deserving of becoming the 57th Citizen of the Year.
The letter from Rotary seeks the help of the other groups to “find that extra-special person who meets the criteria, but hasn’t yet received acknowledgement for their acts of kindness or generosity.”
The Rotary Club’s outline of the award’s criteria states that it seeks to recognize “continuous service” to the community.
“This service has been given with no expectation of personal reward or attention. Community service includes active participation in community affairs, such as scouting, PTA, public office, church service, youth work and other volunteer service, which makes our Island a better place in which to live.”
The club’s objective with the award is two-fold: Both to recognize those who deserve recognition, and at the same time encourage other residents to participate in “worthy community affairs.”
The recipient also is expected to epitomize the Rotary motto of “service above self.”
Earning the Citizen of the Year honor also comes with another longstanding perk: The recipient gets to serve as Grand Marshall for the annual Islandfest Parade, which is scheduled for early June this year.
Assisting Palmer on the Citizen of the Year Committee are Rotarians Marsha Aller, Sandy Cullen, Manfred Egerer, Charles Moyer, John Repp and Peter Rock.
For more information about the nomination process or the banquet, contact Palmer email@example.com.