Nominate a local volunteer for the Wilsonville First Citizen award

The Rotary Club of Wilsonville is now accepting nominations for the 2017 First Citizen Award to honor a local community member or couple for exceptional volunteerism and community service. Since 2002, the local Rotary Club has recognized and honored 21 official Wilsonville First Citizen recipients, which it does at its annual Heart of Gold celebration each winter.

Nominations for First Citizen will be accepted through Dec. 31, 2017. A committee made up of Rotary and other Wilsonville community leaders will then select a small group of finalists and, ultimately, the 2017 Wilsonville First Citizen. The finalists will be announced in late January, and the winner at the Rotary’s Heart of Gold Dinner and Auction on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn. The theme for this year’s event is “Partners in Service”, recognizing that to be a successful community we must work together and support aspirations with action. The celebration dinner will be Western style, and Rotary encourages attendees to dress in their favorite cowboy and cowgirl attire!

“Our Heart of Gold Dinner and Auction is our annual celebration of Wilsonville’s great volunteers, engaged citizens, and the important service projects that benefit the city,” said Rotary Club president Tim Crowley. “To accomplish this we need the community’s help to identify the next deserving honoree who exemplifies what makes Wilsonville such a wonderful community in which to live and work.”

At last year’s Heart of Gold Celebration, Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp accepted the 2016 Wilsonville First Citizen award from Rotary Club of Wilsonville. Prior winners include Sherine and Jaimy Beltran, Donna Bane, Kathryn Whittaker, Jay Puppo, Dick Spence, Debi Laue, Lonnie and Julie Gieber, Theonie Gilmore, Anne Easterly, Ron Anderson, Bob and Judy Woodle, Alan Kirk, Doris Wehler, Sue Ludlow, John Ludlow, Charlotte Lehan and Dr. Laura LaJoie Bishop.

To nominate a community member (or couple) who is an exceptional volunteer go to or send an email to

About the Rotary Club of Wilsonville

The Rotary Club of Wilsonville, Oregon was founded in 1975 and has been serving its dynamic community for more than 40 years. Members are engaged in many ongoing and one-time service projects that meet important education, social and other needs in Wilsonville, as well as internationally. The Club cultivates an environment of fun fellowship and provides personal growth opportunities for its members. Explore to learn more about the Club’s local and international service projects.

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