WCCBI to present community award

Do you know an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to our community this year?

If you do, the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry would like you to nominate them for its annual Community Service Award.

“The CSA recognizes volunteers for their outstanding service to our community,” the call for nominations states. Nominations must be received at the WCCBI offices by October 9.

Eligible candidates must (1) have lived in Warren County for at least 10 years, (2) have contributed to the community outside of their professional duties and expectations, (3) expect to remain in Warren County after receiving the award “to provide continuity, inspiration, and positive example,” (4) plan to continue service activities, (5) “be of such stature as to keep the award prestigious in nature and a compliment to past recipients,” (6) be respected and recognized throughout Warren County, and (7) be nominated by residents or community organizations of Warren County.

Those nominating someone are asked to email the following to jpapalia@wccbi.org, or deliver hard copies to WCCBI, 208 Market Street, Warren:

¯A narrative description — a brief, well-written description of your nominee(s) saved as a Word document with all information from the nomination form and the narrative included in each nomination and selection criteria considered in the narrative description. The narrative must be 300 words or less (one typewritten page) describing the nominee’s service activities which warrant special recognition.

“Think about how you would explain their contribution and its value to an audience that’s unfamiliar with your organization. We will pull from your description to create a brief narrative to be read aloud in honor of the nominee at the ceremony,” according to the nomination packet.

¯Letters of support — a minimum of three letters of support for selection of the nominee from individuals or organizations that confirm the breadth and depth of service provided by the nominee as the focus of the letters.

Nominations for the award are checked for completeness by WCCBI staff, with the decision regarding the recipient resting solely with the CSA committee, which is comprised of past CSA winners.

Information contained in nomination packets will not be shared outside the CSA Committee, although a synopsis of the service history of the award winner will be furnished to media sources and the recipient will be interviewed by the newspaper and/or radio staff for public announcement of their selection to receive the CSA Award.

Anyone nominated who does not win the award will have the person nominating them notified and encouraged to submit in subsequent years for reconsideration.

The CSA Committee is not obligated to award the CSA every year.

“Should they not find nominee who, in their collective opinion, meets the essential attributes of the Community Service Award, they may elect not to make an award in a given year,” the nomination materials state.

To get a nomination form, email jpapalia@wccbi.org or visit the WCCBI offices.