The NAPS Board of Directors is requesting nominations for the 2018 Northumberland Distinguished Citizen Award.
Presented at the annual NAPS Fall Social (Sat., Oct. 26 – mark your calendars!), the award honors an individual, team, organization, or business in Northumberland County that advances the goals of NAPS:
Improving the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries
Fostering and preserving the county’s rural atmosphere
Promoting and monitoring land use policies
Encouraging economic growth to promote jobs
Cooperating with others through educational programs to target these goals.
Last year’s award was presented to Jack Moore for his environmental and historical preservation efforts, especially his leadership restoring and preserving the Shiloh School buildings on Balls Neck.
Previous awardees include Bill Estell (2017) Bob Parker (2016), Lee Allain (2015), Sue Lindsey (2014), Jane Towner (2013), Dr. Gregory Haugan (2012) and Myrtle Phillips (2011). The award has also been given to groups, including the county’s Volunteer Fire Departments, Rescue Squads, and Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. A complete list of past awardees can be found at NAPSva.org/awards-and-grants.
NAPS also occasionally presents an Ambassador Award to a non-county resident who has contributed to the preservation of Northumberland County as outlined in the NAPS goals above. The first recipient of this award was Henry Bashore, a resident of Lancaster County, for his efforts in making Bush Mill Stream in Northumberland County a nature preserve in perpetuity with the Nature Conservancy.
If you know of an individual, group, organization, or business that merits either of these awards, email the information to stewardship@NAPSva.org, or by mail to NAPS DCA Nomination, PO Box 567, Heathsville, VA 22473. Please include a brief synopsis on how your nominee fits the criteria, and include your contact information. Please submit your nominations no later than July 31, 2019.
Photo: NAPS president Mike Ahart (left) presenting the 2018 Northumberland Distinguished Citizen award to Jack Moore during last year’s Fall Social.