By Peninsula Daily News staff
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We are looking for people who make a difference in Clallam County, individuals who have made our communities a better place.
Soroptimist International of Port Angeles-Noon Club and the Peninsula Daily News invite nominations for the 2013 Clallam County Community Service Award.
The award recognizes the dedication, sacrifice and accomplishments of local people who do extraordinary things for their neighbors, their community or the environment.
This is the 34th year for the award, begun by the PDN and now co-sponsored by the Soroptimist noon club.
Past recipients of the Community Service Award have organized community efforts to clean up waterways, served as literacy tutors, raised money for the disabled, protected animals, organized food programs for the hungry, aided crime victims and their families, founded a cancer survivor support group, built a playground for special-needs children and were instrumental in the creation of teen activity centers.
The award recipients merit both honor and emulation, said John Brewer, PDN publisher and editor.
“They are role models for all of us, not only because they've aspired and dreamed, but because our local heroes' achievements are within our own reach,” Brewer said.
“They show us that all of us can be part of something greater than ourselves.”
How to nominate
■ Nominations should be made using the accompanying coupon and must be returned to the PDN by 5 p.m. Monday, March 4.
■ A letter describing the merits and accomplishments of the person being nominated should be submitted with the coupon.
■ The nomination should include supporting documents, such as copies (not originals) of other awards, newspaper articles or letters of support.
■ Anyone who lives in Clallam County can be nominated. Recipients of the Community Service Award in the past are not eligible for a 2013 award. But those previously nominated but not selected for a Community Service Award are eligible for renomination.
A panel of judges will review the nominations and select one to seven people to receive a Community Service Award at an evening reception in Port Angeles in late April.
Questions? Please phone Brewer at 360-417-3500. Or email him at john.brewer@peninsula dailynews.com.
Last year, judges selected seven recipients from 23 nominations made by individuals, clubs, churches, businesses and other organizations.
Receiving the 2012 award were:
■ Anna Barrigan, a retired community pharmacist and job counselor who has devoted energy and hard work to the Salvation Army, Project Homeless Connect, Shelter Providers, Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics and many other groups.
■ Cheri Fleck, whose vision, drive and leadership helped create Sarge's Place in Forks, a center for returning and homeless veterans and their families.
■ John Halberg, enthusiastic co-founder and inventive leader of the North Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association for youths and adults. He also was cited for longtime volunteer work.
■ Dan Huff, volunteer firefighter/EMT for Clallam County Fire District No. 2 for 35 years and captain of Station 21 (Gales Addition, just east of Port Angeles), with a long resume of other community activities.
■ Jim and Robbie Mantooth, selfless, gracious and unwavering protectors of local streams and forests through the North Olympic Land Trust and their own personally funded projects.
■ Charles “Moose” Parker, who has donated thousands of hours as a coach to young athletes in Clallam Bay and Neah Bay. His nomination letter came with a petition 19 pages long signed by parents, teachers, fellow coaches and community members.
Other past Community Service Award honorees:
■ 2011 — Ron Allen, Jaye Moore, Dewey Ehling, Colleeen and Ray Divacky, Alan Barnard and Stephen Rosales.
■ 2010 — Sue Nattinger and Coleman Byrnes (joint recipients), Dan Wilder Sr., Roger Wheeler, Susan Hillgren, Don Stoneman and Joe Borden.
■ 2009 — Mikki Saunders, Kathryn Schreiner, Jim Lunt, Chuck Hatten and Tom Schaafsma.
■ 2008 — Harold Baar, Jacqueline Russell, Colleen Robinson, Virginia and Welden Clark of Sequim, Doc Reiss and Barbara Ann Townsend.
■ 2007 — Jim Pickett, Lambert “Bal” Balducci and Kathleen Balducci, Dick and Marie Goin, and Orville Campbell.
■ 2006 — Steve Zenovic, Eleanor Tschimperle, Bryce Fish, John and Sue Miles, and Steve Methner.
■ 2005 — Rose Crumb; the Rev. Charles “Charlie” Mays; Liz Zenonian-Waud; the Rev. Mel Wilson and his wife, Kathy; and Gary Colley.
■ 2004 — John and Lelah Singhose, June Robinson, Roger Oakes and Cheryl Bauman.
■ 2003 — Cody Sandell, John and Anne-Marie Summers, Edward Hopfner and Patty Hannah.
■ 2002 — Denise Brennan, John Pope, John Reed and Cynthia Martin.
■ 2001-2000 — Phil and Deborah Morgan-Ellis, Sharon Fox, Kristin Prater Glenn, Cal Mogck and Manuela Velasquez.
■ 1999 — Bill Fatherson, Dorothy Skerbeck and S. Brooke Taylor.
■ 1998 — George Woodriff, Earl Gilson, Stuart Smith and Tom McCabe.
■ 1996-1997 — Dave Robinson, Dennis Duncan, Jo Davies, Art Judd and Alberta Thompson.
■ 1995 — Mac Ruddell, Bonnie and Larry Hurd, Joyce McDaniel, Pat Soderlind and Harry Jackson.
■ 1994 — Steve Tharinger, Cindy Souders, Ray Gruver and Betty and Frank Wilkerson.
■ 1993 — Jessica Schreiber, Jim Jones, Betty Soderlind and Al Charles Jr.
■ 1992 — Helen Dawley, Lew Bartholmew, Chuck Maiden and Arlene Engel.
■ 1991 — Ginger Haberman, Tom Santos, Adabelle Square, Bob and Lois Blake, and Lucile Levien.
From 1980 to 1990, one Clallam County Citizen of the Year was named.
Recipients were Gay Knutson, 1990; Joe Hawe, 1989; Sue Shane, 1988; Eloise Kailin, 1987; Maureen Williams,1986; Leonard Beil, 1985; Barbara Kelso, 1984; Dorothy Hegg, 1983; Phyllis Hopfner, 1982; John Brady, 1981; and Art Feiro, 1980.