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Nomination Deadline Friday For MOY/COY
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This Friday, Oct. 26 will be the last day to nominate someone for Youth of the Year or Citizen of the Year in Riverbank. The honorees will be announced at the Community Awards Banquet in early 2013.

The nomination forms are available at City Hall in Riverbank, 6707 Third St.; on the city's website,; and at Karate for Kids, corner of Fourth and Santa Fe streets, after 3 p.m.

Paulette Roberson, the Riverbank Citizen of the Year for 2011, 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. She also serves as the current chair of the MOY/COY Committee.

When considering a candidate for nomination, Roberson said those making the nominations should focus on the contributions of the nominee to the Riverbank community, highlighting their activities aside from their job responsibilities or, in the case of youths, their school work. Among the criteria:

• 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 for Citizen of the Year must be either a citizen of Riverbank or someone who works in the City of Riverbank.

• Youth nominees must live in the City of Riverbank and be high school seniors currently attending school (anywhere in Stanislaus County) and in good academic standing.

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 next year. The winner will also preside over the MOY/COY Committee as chairperson for 2013.

The winner of the youth honor will receive a plaque, the title of Youth of the Year and a monetary scholarship and will participate in the Annual Riverbank Christmas Festival Parade next year.

The Official Nomination format must be used. Additional pages may be added if necessary. 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.

Nominations must include the name and contact information for the candidate along with the reasons for the nomination. Only one youth per application will be accepted. All others will be disqualified. No teams accepted. All nomination forms will be reviewed by the MOY/COY committee to ensure that they meet the given guidelines.

The Awards Banquet announcing the Citizen of the Year and the Youth of the Year will be held on Jan. 19, 2013, at the Riverbank Community Center. 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.