Deadline in April for Jefferson County Heart of Service Award nominations

Now is the time to nominate your local hero.

The three Rotary Clubs in Jefferson County and the Peninsula Daily News invite nominations for the 2018 Jefferson County Heart of Service Award. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Monday, April 2.

The Heart of Service recognizes the dedication, sacrifice and accomplishments of local people who do extraordinary things for their neighbors, their community or the environment. There are two categories for nominations, youth and adult.

The award — now in its 13th year — is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Port Townsend (noon club), the Port Townsend Sunrise Rotary Club, the East Jefferson Rotary Club and the PDN.

A panel of judges will review the nominations and select one to six people to receive a Heart of Service award at a luncheon Tuesday, May 29.

Nominations must be made using the accompanying coupon and must be submitted to the Peninsula Daily News’ Jefferson County office, 1939 E. Sims Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368 or online at

A letter describing the merits and accomplishments of the person being nominated must be included with the coupon.

It should cite examples of the individual’s special dedication, sacrifices and significant accomplishments in community service.

If possible, the nomination should include supporting documents, such as copies (not originals) of other awards, newspaper articles or letters of support.

Individuals, clubs, churches, businesses or other organizations may nominate.

But only individuals, not organizations, can be nominees.

Anyone who lives in Jefferson County can be nominated.

Recipients of the Heart of Service in the past are not eligible for a 2018 award.

But those previously nominated but not selected for a Heart of Service are eligible for renomination.

2017 honorees


• Henry “Hank” Hazen of Nordland, for service to the elderly, disabled and low-income through the Ecumenical Christian Helping Hands Organization (ECHHO), and several volunteer efforts on Marrowstone Island.

• Marla Overman of Port Townsend for her volunteer work with The Boiler Room.

• Zeremy “Jack” Randall of Port Ludlow, for founding the Olympic Peninsula chapter of the Boeing Bluebills and Citizens for Safe Students.

• Cleone Telling of Quilcene, for her dedication to community service in her community.

• Joni Williams of Port Hadlock, for directing the Port Townsend Backpacks for Kids program of the Sunrise Rotary Club, and service on several boards of directors for United Good Neighbors, Olympic Area on Aging and Jefferson AIDS Services.

If you have any questions about the program, please phone Peninsula Daily News Publisher Terry Ward at his direct number, 360-417-3500 (if he’s not in, leave a voice mail). Or email Ward at [email protected]


• Milo Rolland, a Port Townsend High School student nominated by the school’s Interact Club for his continued service through his high school career.

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