Jefferson Heart of Service award nominations accepted now

NOW IS THE time to nominate your local hero.

We are looking for people who make a difference in Jefferson County, individuals who have made our communities a better place.

The three Rotary Clubs in Jefferson County and the Peninsula Daily News invite nominations for the 2018 Jefferson County Heart of Service award.

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.

Award sponsors

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.

“This award gives us the opportunity to highlight the good works of ordinary people in Jefferson County who unselfishly give their time and energy to help others,” said Terry Ward, PDN publisher.

“These build community. They are truly local heroes, working to make life here better.”

How to nominate

• 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 http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/heart-service-nomination, by 5 p.m. Monday, April 2.

• 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.

What happens

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.

If you have any questions about the program, please phone Ward at his direct number, 360-417-3500 (if he’s not in, leave a voice mail).

Or email Ward at [email protected]

2017 honorees

Youth:

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

Adult:

■ Henry “Hank” Hazen of Nordland, for tireless longtime 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 unflagging volunteer work with The Boiler Room.

■ Zeremy “Jack” Randall of Port Ludlow, for his work in 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.

Past recipients

■ 2016 — Elma Beary, Helen Cleveland, Olivia Ejde (youth), Linda Herzog, Bill Putney, Ben Rolland (youth), and Bruce Starr.

■ 2015 — Paul Becker, Helen and Ken Brink, Karen Jensen, Ruth Merryman, Bonnie Story, Kim Wilcox, the late Christopher Martin and the late Nik Worden.

■ 2014 — Carol Christiansen and her late husband, Jim; Karen Ciccarone; Virginia Johnson; Fred Kimball; and Vince Verneuil.

■ 2013 — “The Three Amigos”: Don Bolen, Ernie Jaap and Fred Spann; Cass and Tom Brotherton; Jim “Kiwi” Ferris and the late Charlie Moore; Linda Kostenbader; Christopher Pieper; and Seth Rolland.

■ 2012 — Judith Alexander, Melanie and Steve Bozak, Bob and Winona Prill, Anne Schneider and Bill Wise.

■ 2011 — Nora Porter, Joe Carey, Deborah Stinson and Myron Vogt.

■ 2010 — Shirley Moss, Gay Eisenberger, Mike Blair and Margaret Matheson.

■ 2009 — Robert Rosen, Janet Emery, Dr. James Rotchford, Larry Robinson and Wayne Chimenti.

■ 2008 — Candy Johnston, Virgil Porter, Sue and Bill McIntire, Helen Kullman and Alison Capener.

■ 2007 — Linda Ferris, Kim Hammers, Dyrk Lansdon, Martina Richard and Dr. John Barrett.

■ 2006 — Andy Mackie, Peggy Schafran, Bruce Marston and Pat and Ralph Williams.

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