The Greater Mount Airy Chamber will soon be naming its 2015 Citizen of the Year, but not without help.
The chamber is seeking nominations for the honor, which is presented by the chamber officials at the group’s annual meeting in late January. The deadline for nominations, however, is looming, with a Jan. 13 cut-off.
While there is no checklist of requirements, the chamber does give guidance for what it seeks in a citizen of the year.
“Nominees should have clearly demonstrated leadership and hard work, that have made Mount Airy and Surry County a better place to live and work,” the organization said in a recent statement.
The chamber’s website gives more detailed guidance on whom should be nominated.
“Candidate is a visionary – able to assess external and internal forces likely to significantly influence Surry County’s future and identify actions needed to manage these forces to maximum benefit,” the website said. Other criteria it listed were:
– The “candidate is a leader – not only through his/her hard work, but also through the ability to motivate others to become involved to improve Surry County;
– “Candidate is highly respected – one who is known for being fair, ethical and honest in dealings with others;
– “Candidate is a strong supporter of education at every level – one who is involved in improving educational opportunities for all and is actively involved in one or more education initiatives and a leader of at least one;
– “Candidate is an ambassador for business/industry and economic development — involved in efforts to increase commercial and/or economic development;
– “Chamber connection: Candidate should have track records of ongoing involvement (either by membership or on committee, etc.) in the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce;
– “Community involvement: Candidate should be active in community organizations such as United Fund of Surry County, Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care, civic club, PTA, etc.”
Nomination forms are available by contacting the chamber office at 786-6116 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the chamber’s website.
The chamber has presented the award each of the past 53 years, naming Berta Glenn Springthorpe for 2015.