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EDITOR'S REPORT

In search of worthy volunteers

The theme of National Volunteer Week 2013 is “Celebrate Service.” Since its inception in 1974, the nationwide celebration has sought to “inspire, recognize and encourage people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities,” according to its official description.

That’s also what The Newport Daily News has sought to do since 1996, when its first Community Service Award was presented. The annual award aims not only to recognize individuals who give back to their communities in innovative and meaningful ways, but also to inspire others to follow their examples. It was established in conjunction with the paper’s celebration of its 150th anniversary.

Today, we are pleased to officially begin soliciting nominations for the 18th annual Community Service Award (unofficially, we already have received several inquiries and nomination letters).

Each year, readers nominate worthy candidates, who give freely and selflessly of themselves, affecting dozens — and even hundreds — of lives in the process.

A panel of distinguished local residents and community leaders reviews the nominations and selects the winners, who are profiled in the paper and honored during a special banquet in April, when National Volunteer Week is recognized. This year’s dinner banquet will be Tuesday, April 23, at the Atlantic Beach Club in Middletown.

If you know someone who deserves recognition for his or her dedication to community service, now is the time to submit a nomination.

There are a few rules about who can be nominated. The work must be voluntary, not paid, and the award will not go to someone for service in political office.

The award typically goes to individuals, although married couples have been honored.

The nomination process is relatively simple. Send a written nomination letter, along with any supporting documents, to Community Service Award, The Newport Daily News, P.O. Box 420, Newport, RI 02840, by fax to 849-3306 or by email to Editor@NewportRI.com.

Multiple letters of nomination are encouraged — the more information the committee receives about an individual, the better. Be sure to include contact information for the primary person making the nomination.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, March 8, at noon.

Guidelines also appear in an advertisement on Page B5 of today’s paper and online at www.Newport

DailyNews.com.

Questions? Send an email to the address above, or call me at 380-2351.

Members of this year’s Community Service Awards Committee are: Kristine Hendrickson, associate vice president for university relations at Salve Regina University; Rabbi Marc Jagolinzer of Temple Shalom in Middletown; Sue Maden, a Jamestown resident and historian; Maureen Morrow, a member of the Tiverton Library Services board of trustees; Middletown Police Chief Anthony Pesare; David Sanders, public affairs officer for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport; Jody Sullivan, executive director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce; and Priscilla Wimpress, a member of the Glen Manor House Authority in Portsmouth.

In addition, last year’s honorees, Herb Meister and Beth Milham, will be invited to serve as honorary members of the committee.

It always is inspiring to read about all the worthy causes with which local residents are actively involved. We look forward to sharing more of their stories this spring.

Sheila Mullowney is executive editor of The Daily News. Send her email at Editor@Newport RI.com.
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