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Citizen Nominations Sought From Community
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Riverbank Citizen of the Year for 2011, Paulette Roberson, has announced the opening of the nomination period for this year's honorees. She is currently the president of the Riverbank Historical Society and retired after 30 years as a teacher in Riverbank, most recently at California Avenue School, and serves as the current chair of the MOY/COY Committee.

Originally formed to honor the Man of the Year in Riverbank, the group expanded to recognize the Citizen of the Year, resulting in the MOY/COY moniker.

Forms are now available around town to nominate a volunteer worthy of recognition by the citizens of Riverbank.

When considering a candidate for nomination, focus on the contributions of the nominee to the Riverbank community, highlighting their activities aside from their job responsibilities. Committee members are looking for:

• Nominees who have given selflessly of their personal time and talents for the betterment of the community, whether they are known by many or few.

• Outstanding accomplishments in community service to others.

• Impact of achievement on the community.

• A nominee must be either a citizen of Riverbank or someone who works in the City of Riverbank.

The winner will receive a plaque, the title of Citizen of the Year and will preside as Grand Marshal of the Annual Riverbank Christmas Festival Parade, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23. The winner will also preside over the MOY/COY Committee as chairperson for 2013.

The Awards Banquet announcing the Citizen of the Year will be held on Jan. 19, 2013, at the Riverbank Community Center on Santa Fe Street. The theme will be "Celebrating Fifty Years of Volunteering in Riverbank."

The first Citizen of the Year was Bruce Blakely, who was selected in 1962, and passed away last year.

The nomination forms are now available at City Hall in Riverbank, on the city's website,, and at Karate for Kids, corner of Fourth and Santa Fe streets, after 3 p.m.

Although nominations for recognition are open to the entire community, only MOY/COY Committee members will vote for the MOY/COY winner; this is done via an official ballot form.

Deadline for nominations is Oct. 26, 2012.

Send nominations to 6707 Third St, Riverbank, CA 95367, care of the MOY/COY Committee, postmarked by Oct. 26.