New awards: Honoring community advocates

July, 2010 Posted in Community

By Mary Owen

To get involved
For information, call Angie Lehnert,
503-769-2998 or go to
www.staytonoregon.gov
and click on Stayton Community
Advocate Award.

City officials will honor citizens who volunteer in the community with the inaugural Stayton Community Advocate awards.

“Please be sure to nominate your neighbors for this award to be presented at the National Night Out on Aug. 3,” said Angie Lehnert, who is in charge of volunteerism for the city.

The award was the brainstorm of Councilor Scott Vigil who created it to boost community outreach on National Night Out as well as beefing up the event. He also viewed it was a way to raise more community awareness and spirit.

“There are a lot of people in town who do things that go unrecognized,” Vigil said. “This is a good way to recognize them. It’s all about neighbors nominating neighbors.”

Since Lehnert’s role is outreach and community participation, Vigil approached her and City Administrator Don Eubank about developing the award.

“We said ‘great idea’ and took it to the city council who said ‘great idea,’” Lehnert said.

Four or five awards will be presented by a city councilor at Pioneer, Westown, Quail Run and Santiam parks. Winners will be selected by the Stayton Parks Board in July prior to the Aug. 3 event.

“We want to recognize and encourage volunteerism in our community,” Lehnert said. “Volunteers make Stayton a better place to work and play – and we thank them!”

Nominations for individuals or groups close July 6, with award decisions made the next day. Recipients must be Stayton residents. An application was circulated with last month’s water bill, Lehnert said.

“If you can’t find it, you can pick one up at city hall or download one off the website,” she said.
Lehnert and Vigil hope people will rally to nominate their neighbors for the new honor.

“We want good things to happen in our town,” Lehnert said.

Mayor Gerry Aboud added, “I believe anything done to recognize and celebrate contributions to the community is always a plus. It not only is a way of thanking people for their work, it encourages participation in the community by others.”

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