July 15 is deadline for Community Awards
The deadline is Friday, July 15, for nominations to be accepted for the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation’s Community Awards.
The Staples Motley Area Community Foundation (SMACF) seeks to honor those who have contributed to the community at a Community Awards Celebration Thursday, Oct. 13.
Nominations will be accepted in six categories. Those categories are:
o Distinguished Citizen
o Outstanding Group or Organization
o Outsstanding Business
o Outsanding Youth
o The Duane R. Lund Award for Lifetime Achievement
o Chairman’s Award
The Chairman’s Award can be suggested by the person submitting the nomination. Possibilities might include: Volunteer of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, Educator, Police Officer, Firefighter, Medical Person, Farmer, Child Care Provider, etc., anything that does not fit into the other five categories.
“The nomination for Youth of the Year can be a graduating senior, but it doesn’t have to be,” said Curt McIlravy, co-chair of the committee. “It can be a youth of any age who has enhanced the quality of life for people in our communities, whether through membership in organizations such as FFA or Scouting or through specific events during the past year.”
Both McIlravy and co-chair Mary Jo Hofer emphasized that people can submit a nomination a second or third time if that nominee was not chosen for an award in the first year it was received.
“Because we have so many women and men who merit these awards, we cannot recognize them all in one year,” Hofer said. “We encourage you to submit the nomination again.”
“The more information you can give us, the better,” added McIlravy. “It is very helpful to the selection committee if you can give specific details and examples of why you feel your nominee is worthy of the award.”
Nomination letters should include the following:
o Contact information (name, address, phone number and email address) of the individual or organization making the nomination.
o Contact information of the individual, group, business or organization being nominated.
o A response to the following question: How has the individual or group contributed to the well-being of the Staples and Motley community?
Nomination letters should be sent to the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation; P.O. Box 101; Staples, MN 56479.
Additional information and nomination forms can be found on the Staples Motley Area Community Foundation website: www.staplesmotleyfoundation.org.
Nomination forms can also be picked up in Staples at Staples City Hall, Staples World, Staples Public Library, Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank, Staples Motley High School principal’s office and Staples Elementary School principal’s office. In Motley they can be picked up at Motley City Hall and the Motley Staples Middle School principal’s office.
For more information about the nomination process contact Mary Jo Hofer, 218-894-1152; or Curt McIlravy, 218-352-2325.