OK, Novato, who should be our Citizen of the Year for 2012?
It's a tough call. Lots of people have risen above, led a noble effort of some sort and made the city proud. It's quite an honor, and it's one taken pretty seriously.
Last year the title went to Dennis Hagerty, a key leader with the Novato Fourth of July Parade, the Novato Festival of Art, Wine & Music, the downtown Novato Theater renovation, the Rotary Club of Novato and many other efforts.
Each year the Citizens of the Year Committee, in conjunction with the Novato Chamber of Commerce, City of Novato, School Fuel and the Downtown Novato Business Association, seek nominations of people who would make a good choice. Those groups often ask leaders at our service organizations, clubs and churches for nominations, but Novato Patch is asking you to participate.
Candidates must have lived or worked in Novato for at least seven years and should be a person "who has given exceedingly outstanding volunteer service to the Novato community," according to the judging criteria. Civic contributions should be in a number of areas such as youth organizations, churches or service organizations in addition to
his or her business or profession. The candidate should not hold public office at the time of nomination.
If you have nominated someone in the past who was not selected, it's perfectly fine to re-nominate.
The filing deadline is Nov. 29, and that's coming up quickly. See the attached forms and consider promoting your No. 1 choice.
Submit your applications to PTTR Inc., P.O. Box 2715, Novato, CA 94948. Applications will be reviewed by the committee and the winner will be announced at the 53rd annual Paint the Town Red, Novato’s "Birthday Bash Celebration," on Jan. 18 at the Margaret Todd Senior Center at 1560 Hill Road.
Even if you pass on the Citizen of the Year nomination, you shouldn't miss the biggest civic party of the year. Check out the website for all the details.