|Jefferson Award nominations sought|
|Friday, January 11, 2013 1:46 PM|
The Jefferson Awards for Public Service honors outstanding volunteerism at the local and national level. Your Hometown Lima Stations, United Way of Greater Lima and The Lima News bring this prestigious recognition program to the six-county area of Allen, Auglaize, Putnam, Hardin, Hancock and Van Wert.
A panel of area leaders will select eight local Jefferson Award winners. Of the eight selected, three nominations will advance to the national level.
A national committee will then choose one of the three to attend the National Ceremony in Washington, D.C., which will be held in June. This volunteer will join other local Jefferson Award volunteers from across America. In Washington, the local winner will have the opportunity of receiving one of the five gold medallion Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Awards for greatest public service benefiting local communities.
Judges for the local awards for public service include: Tom Hendrixson, Your Hometown Lima Stations, chair; Alberta Lee, retired Allen County Commissioner; Greg Myers, Auglaize County; Susan Munroe, president, Van Wert Chamber of Commerce; Sandy Monfort, previous Jefferson Award winner; and Tom Thompson, Labor Rep, United Way of Greater Lima.
The Jefferson Awards for Public Service — founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard — honors outstanding volunteers at the local and national level.
The National Jefferson Awards have honored well-known public servants such as Rosalyn Carter, John Glenn, Bob Hope, General Colin Powell, Robert Dole, Condoleezza Rice and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Past local winners include Estella Adams, Penny Daniel, Shannon Mitchell, Chris Jackson, Dan Endicott, Dr. Gene Wright, Andrea Mitchell, Sandy Monfort, George Cox, Bonnie Shook, Sherry Fetzer and Marlene Froning, the 2012 winner .
Due to her strong belief in volunteerism and public service, Lee joins in the efforts to fund the local Jefferson Awards. Lee is donating $3,500 for the monetary awards that will accompany the bronze medallions for the eight local Jefferson Award winners. The eight local winners will each receive $350 for the non-profit organization for which they volunteer. One of the eight local winners will advance to national competition and will receive an additional $700 for the organization for which they volunteer.
A banquet will be held to honor the eight winners at the Veteran’s Memorial Civic and Convention Center on March 26.
Nominations can be submitted on-line by going to www.limaohio.com/JeffersonAwards and will be printed in The Lima News. Nomination forms are available at Your Hometown Lima Stations, 1424 Rice Avenue; United Way of Greater Lima, 616 S. Collett Street; The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road; and the Lima Public Library. Forms are also available on-line at www.wlio.com, and www.unitedwaylima.org.. Nominations can be submitted on-line or mailed to The Jefferson Awards, United Way of Greater Lima, 616 S. Collett St., Lima OH 45805.