CHARLES TOWN – It’s nearly time for Jefferson County to name its 2012 Distinguished Citizen, an honor to be unveiled June 27 at the county chamber of commerce’s annual awards dinner.
For citizens who know of someone deserving recognition for his or her contributions to Jefferson County, there’s still time to submit a nomination. The deadline to nominate a Jefferson County resident comes in a little more than a week, on June 15.
Along with the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, the Spirit of Jefferson co-sponsors the award. The honor dates back more than three decades.
Each year at the banquet, the chamber recognizes with plaques those member businesses begun in the past year as well as businesses who have expanded or improved services in the preceding 12 months.
Explains Heather Morgan McIntyre, the chamber’s executive director: “Our awards dinner provides the opportunity to honor businesses and leaders in the county, and naming the new Jefferson County Distinguished Citizen of the Year is always a highlight.”
“There’s so much important work being done across the county,” said Robert Snyder, the Spirit’s managing editor. “We at the Spirit feel gratified to partner with the chamber to put a spotlight on a deserving leader making a difference here.”
Nominees need not be members of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce members or even business leaders; they do need to be residents of the county, according to McIntyre.
A panel of judges selected by the chamber will choose the 2012 Distinguished Citizen from all those who are nominated. To put a Jefferson Countian in the running for the honor, the nominator must submit a letter of 150 words or less explaining his or her rationale for the submission. “You should also include the name and address of the person you’re nominating and your name and contact information,” McIntyre said.
The nomination information must be mailed by June 15 to the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce at 29 Keyes Ferry Road in Charles Town. The Zip code is 25414. Nominations also may be faxed to 304-728-8307 or emailed to email@example.com.
Anyone with questions about the award or the nomination process may call the chamber at 304-725-2055 or the Spirit newsroom at 304-725-2046.
Last year’s Distinguished Citizen honoree was C. Locke Wysong Jr., the 39-year-old who spent 2005 to 2009 representing the county’s 58th district in the state House of Delegates.
He also worked in Charleston and in the Panhandle for Bob Wise, the Democrat who was West Virginia’s governor from 2001 to 2005.
Now an insurance agent with Farm Family & American National Insurance, Wysong also has served as an official with the West Virginia Auditor’s office.
A Jefferson County native, he was involved with 4-H as a youth and has spent years volunteering with the organization, including spending summers as a camp counselor.
He holds a master’s degree in public administration from West Virginia University. Wysong also is heavily involved in his family’s farm and its gourmet cracker business.
This year’s Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce awards dinner will be held at the Skyline Terrace at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Want to help decide
2012 Distinguished Citizen?
What: Nominate a county resident to become the 2012 Distinguished Citizen of Jefferson County
When: Nominations are due by June 15; the winner will be announced June 27 during the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner
Who: Nominees must reside in Jefferson County; they need not be members of the chamber of commerce.
How: Compose a letter explaining in 150 words or less why the person you’re nominating deserves the award. Send submissions, along with the nominee’s name and address and your name and contact information, to the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce – by mail (29 Keyes Ferry Road, Charles Town WV 25414), fax (304-728-8307) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Details: The 34th annual award is co-sponsored by the chamber and the Spirit of Jefferson. Those with questions about the nomination process may call the chamber at 304-725-2055 or the Spirit newsroom at 304-725-2046.