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Nomination Period Open For Citizen Of Year
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The nomination period for Riverbank’s annual ‘MOY/COY’ honor has opened, and will take nominations through next week.

Darlene Barber-Martinez, the Riverbank Citizen of the Year for 2012, announced the opening of the nomination period for this year’s honorees. She is on the Riverbank City Council 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. Last year, the group celebrated 50 years of volunteer service to the community of Riverbank. The committee is comprised of past selectees of the honor. The first Citizen of the Year was Bruce Blakely, who was selected in 1962 and passed away in 2011.

Forms are 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:

• 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 the Saturday after Thanksgiving next year. The winner will also preside over the MOY/COY Committee as chairperson for 2014.

The Awards Banquet announcing the Citizen of the Year will be held in January 2014, at the Riverbank Community Center.

For a nomination form, go to City Hall in Riverbank, visit the city’s website,, or obtain one from committee members.

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.

Nomination forms need to be returned to City Hall North no later than Monday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m.

Youth of the Year nominees are also being sought, for their positive contributions to the community, with those nominations also due by Nov. 4. Nominees must be residents of Riverbank and a high school senior in good standing.

For more information, call 209-863-7153.