Jay Puppo wins 2012 Wilsonville First Citizen award

PuppoJay Puppo is the newest community member to be honored as Wilsonville’s First Citizen. The announcement was made on Saturday night (Feb. 23, 2013) at The Magic of Service: The 2013 Heart of Gold Celebration, produced by the Rotary Club of Wilsonville.

Puppo joins 30 other individuals who have won the award since it began back in 1983. He is a longtime community volunteer and leader with more than 12 years of service. He is a founding member of the Wilsonville Kiwanis Club, which began in 2001.

In 2004, he led the creation of the club’s signature event, the Wilsonville Kiwanis Kids Fun Run, a non-competitive event that promotes the health and well-being of our youth while affirming the family-friendly environment in the Wilsonville community. The Kids Fun Run generates proceeds which are reinvested in the community through the Wilsonville Outreach Program, which Jay founded in 2006. In addition, he founded the Wilsonville High School Key Club, a Kiwanis-affiliated service group.

His most recent Kiwanis project is the creation of a local Dolly Parton Imagination Library literacy program, providing books to encourage parents to read to their children under age 5. Jay is also active in his church, in his sons’ school and athletic endeavors, and as a volunteer with Wilsonville Food Bank.

Jay is an agent with State Farm Insurance. He is married to his wife, Tammy. They have three sons and live in Wilsonville.

The Rotary Club of Wilsonville is already accepting nominations for the 2013 Wilsonville First Citizen award, to be given at the 2014 Heart of Gold Celebration. For more information, contact John Holley and Mindy Close at president@wilsonvillerotary.com. Nominations are due Dec. 31, 2013.