Citizen of Year program taking nominations

by Ellen Corker

Coweta’s Citizen of the Year program is expanding its nomination period to include the summer months.

In past years, nomination time has come at the busy holiday season. Citizen of the Year committee members want to give community members more time to prepare nominations, said committee chair Bette Hickman, herself a former Coweta Citizen of the Year honoree.

Nominations now will be accepted May through October, with a Nov. 1 final deadline.

“The executive committee of the COTY membership met recently and agreed on a plan to extend the nomination time for the committee to receive the information for the selection of future recipients,” Hickman said.

The 2015 honoree will be named at a banquet in February 2015.

Newnan businessman and civic worker Frank Barron was named the 2014 Coweta Citizen of the Year at a gala banquet this past February at the Coweta County Fairgrounds conference center. The annual gala is hosted by the Newnan, Grantville, Coweta County and White Oak Golden K Kiwanis Clubs of Coweta County.

“We feel more time before the holiday season begins would allow for more nominees to be identified,” Hickman said. She noted how inspiring the accomplishment of deserving individuals can be for a community.

“As a young woman I recall vividly when Mr. Bill Williams was awarded such an honor. His accomplishments were so widespread and meant a great deal to our entire community. His example instilled in me a desire to strive to serve others but I surely would never have thought in 2013 I would be selected to become a part of that legacy,” Hickman shared.

“As our community grows and adds many more worthy leaders to enhance the quality of life we cherish, we need to… reach out to citizens who may not know of this tradition,” she said of the committee’s efforts this year.

“We are extremely grateful to continue the partnership with the Kiwanis Clubs of our community,” Hickman said of the recognition program. “The banquet is so well done and without this support, I personally feel, this tradition could have fallen by the wayside but for the commitment of these outstanding service clubs, and members like Lucy Hayden and Louise Davis.

“Some of the key responsibilities are passing to other leaders in the Kiwanis organization this year and the COTY executive committee is ready to update and move forward to seek and honor new leaders among our citizens,” Hickman said.

For more information on how to make a nomination, contact Hickman at betteghickman@gmail.com.



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