Deadline for Citizen of Year nomination extended

by W. Winston Skinner

The deadline for nominations for Coweta County's 2014 Citizen of the Year has been extended through the end of this week.

Local businessman Steve Mader, who was named Citizen of the Year in 2012 and who is working with organizers for this year's event, said nominations will be accepted through Friday. Nomination information and the application forms are available at the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, 23 Bullsboro Drive, 770-253-2270, and on the Chamber's website at www. newnancowetachamber.org.

Nominations must be returned to the Chamber no later than Friday via mail, email - info@newnancowetachamber. org or fax - 770-253-2271.

'This has a legacy going back many, many years,' Mader said. That legacy will be on display at the Feb. 6 reception when the Citizen of the Year will be named.

Jonathan and Maggie Hickman of JWH Productions LLC are putting together a short film that will allow former Citizens of the Year to talk about what leadership means. On Thursday, the Hickmans were at the Harriet Alexander Art Center, filming Hickman's mother, Bette Hickman, who was Citizen of the Year in 2013.

Scheduled for filming on Friday was Mike Barber - with Bill Loftin and Scott Wilson as possibilities on Monday. Jonathan Hickman said he hoped to film some at the historic Coweta County Courthouse.

'I'm going to profile citizenship,' Jonathan Hickman said. He said the former honorees profiled will be asked what citizenship means to people in Coweta County, what it means to them personally and what it meant to them to be selected for the annual title.

He stressed the short film 'is not a history of the Citizen of the Year' but rather a 3-5 minutes slice of what the program means. 'I'm going to tell it in a creative way,' Hickman said. 'It's a goal of mine to chronicle the Americana that is us.'

The Selection Committee will review written applications for the prestigious title. Nominations are encouraged for individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership and citizenship within the community, as well as those who have demonstrated exemplary vision, civic pride and a strong commitment to a better Coweta.

'They're looking for an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership and citizenship within the community,' Mader said. Someone with 'a strong commitment to the betterment of Coweta County' is sought, he added.

Nominees should live in Coweta County and his/her activities should be centered in Coweta County and the surrounding area. Selection will be based upon leadership and performance in multiple areas of community service over a period of years. Nominees may be individuals from any walk of life, and there are no requirements or restrictions relating to gender, age, race, religion or ethnic origin.

The 2014 Citizen of the Year Gala Reception is planned for Feb. 6 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds, 275 Pine Road. The event is being hosted by the four Kiwanis Clubs in Coweta County, including Newnan, White Oak Golden K, Coweta County and Grantville.

Tickets are $25 for a gala dinner buffet beginning at 6:30 p.m.

There will be an opportunity to greet all of the nominees preceding the grand announcement of Coweta's 2014 Citizen of the Year.

To purchase a table for eight guests, for $200, call 770-253-7147.

Table seating may be purchased until Jan. 24.

The reception - 'a marvelous tradition,' Mader said, is one that 'has a tremendous amount of pride' associated with it.

Individual tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office, SouthTowne Motors on Bullsboro Drive and from any Coweta County Kiwanis Club as well as some businesses in downtown Newnan. Individual tickets may be purchased through Jan. 31.



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