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February 18, 2009 > Nominate Citizen of the Year

Nominate Citizen of the Year

By Dustin Findley

The deadline to submit nominations for Milpitas Citizen of the Year is Friday, February 20.

People can email the nominations to
The judging committee that decides the Citizen of the Year is made up of prominent citizens from the City of Milpitas, including the Chamber of Commerce.

"None of the Knights of Columbus make any of the selections. We're the hosts" said Lou Horyza, Citizen of the Year chair.

The Citizen of the Year is judged by their activities for the City of Milpitas, how they improve the quality of life in Milpitas, or if they are voluntarily, not as a job, active in organizations. They do not have to be residents of Milpitas, as long as they enhance the City of Milpitas.

Past winners participate in the selection process. Every year members of the community, including the police and fire departments, honor all of the past recipients at a banquet.
This celebratory dinner will take place at Pavalkis Hall of St. John's Church, 279 South Main Street in Milpitas on Saturday, March 21. The price is $25 per person.
The Knights of Columbus send out invitations to all of the past winners. Usually, anywhere from 120 to 150 people attend the banquet.

"It's one of the most important events in the City" Horyza said. The City, supervisor, Knights of Columbus, police and fire departments, and mayor all present plaques.

Police officer and firefighter of the year are selected by their own departments. These have already been selected. Pictures and stories will be submitted to local newspapers.

The Citizen of the Year selection committee will meet and select the best one out of the nominations that it receives. All of the names are on the application are blocked out, so the nominees are only judged on their qualifications.

Horyza explained that "This will be our 35th anniversary." Last year, Horyza petitioned the City to put perpetual plaques in City Hall honoring these people. It lists all of the past recipients from the police officer and firefighter of the year, the Citizen of the Year, and also the Gene Schwab award recipients. All of these names are on what they call the Milpitas Honors Wall.

The current winners have their pictures with a name and a plaque over the top of the perpetual plaques. These are posted for a year until the new selections are made.
Stories about the police officer, firefighter, and citizen of the year will be released to local news outlets in sequence "so it builds up enthusiasm for the community to come to the event (of the banquet)" Horyza said.

The nomination forms follows.
The Milpitas Citizen of the Year selection committee is accepting nominations for the 2009 Milpitas Citizen of the Year.

Each year the Knight of Columbus Council 5796 acknowledges a citizen who has given unselfishly to the community of Milpitas other than their job related occupation. The 2008 Citizen of the Year will be recognized along with the Police officer and Firefighter of the Year at the Knights of Columbus 35th Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. to be held at Pavalkis Hall, St. John's Parish 279 So. Main St. Milpitas

Nominees will be judged on current, as well as past evidence of leadership and achievements. The nominee need not reside in Milpitas.
The nominee's qualifications may be in all four categories: Civic or Community Service, Business or Professional Service/Accomplishment, charitable or religious Service, educational or school service.

To make the nomination please include the following information: nominee's name, nominee's address, nominee's occupation, and years nominee was involved in Milpitas.
This person has benefited the Milpitas community with the following accomplishments in the fields indicated.

You may use additional sheets of paper if necessary.

Please include the following information: Name, address, and phone number of person submitting the nomination,

Call Lou Horyza at (408) 263-8779 or Dem Nitafan at (408) 934-9443 for more information.

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