Every year for more than a half-century, one local resident has been honored for exemplary service to the community with the Citizen of the Year Award.
It’s time to add another name to the list.
The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2016 award now through Dec. 30.
“It’s certainly some of the best and brightest in our community, a lot of unsung heroes,” said Randy Collins, chamber president and CEO.
The award will be presented at the chamber’s annual meeting in January 2017.
“The award is a reminder that while Mount Airy and Surry County have resources and great attributes, the best thing we have is our people,” Collins said. “It’s a reminder that there still is good in the world.”
The winner is chosen by a committee.
The application form, which can be filled out online, downloaded or picked up at the chamber’s offices, asks for specific examples of how a nominee has demonstrated service according to a variety of criteria.
Those include vision, leadership, education support and as a business/industrial ambassador.
A nominator should also include information on the citizen’s chamber connection and community involvement.
Collins suggested nominators include “as much information as they can provide.” Additional materials such as photographs, letters or newspaper clippings are also welcome.
The chamber leader noted that membership in the organization is not required for either the nominator or the nominee.
“There’s a lot of deserving people out there,” he said. “Every year it’s a difficult choice.”
Collins is not a voting member of the otherwise anonymous selection committee.
When asked what tends to set certain nominations apart, Collins answered, “The story is the thing. What is it they did, what have they done.”
The long list of previous honorees, which is available with the nomination application and is displayed on a visitors center plaque, serves as an example.
“There’s a compelling story with all of them,” Collins said.
Those interested in nominating one of their fellow citizens can do so online at MtAiryNCchamber.org.
Hard copies of the application can also be downloaded at that website or picked up at the chamber office at 200 N. Main St., Mount Airy.
For more information, contact Randy Collins at email@example.com or 336-786-6116, ext. 203.
Terri Flagg is a staff writer at The News. She can be reached at 336-415-4734.