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Local group seeks nominations for annual awards

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A decades-long tradition of honoring Roswell’s outstanding community members will continue this year, even if a ceremony can’t be part of the deal.

The Leadership Roswell Alumni Association is asking for nominations until July 13, said Elaine Mayfield, co-chair of the community awards committee for the group along with Amy McVay-Davis.

The organization expects to honor people with awards in four categories: Lifetime Achievement Award, Outstanding Leader Award, Award for Commitment to Youth and the Leadership Roswell Alumni Award.

Neither the nominators or nominees are required to be a part of the Leadership Roswell organization. Nomination forms are available on the Leadership Roswell Alumni Association Facebook page or can be obtained by contacting Mayfield at condor@dfn.com.

“We have done it for 22 years, and we hate to break the tradition when so many people need recognition from their community,” Mayfield said. “Secondly, this has been a rough year and there have been some outstanding leaders, and that should be acknowledged in a year like 2020.”

About 70 people have been honored in the past, and they include local elected officials, nonprofit leaders and community philanthropists, educators and coaches, and prominent business leaders.

Award recipients are expected to be announced by the last week of July, Mayfield said. Plans call for them to be honored with video tributes posted online, as well as with other media announcements and features.

“This year, we are not having a social event due to restrictions, so we will want to increase recognition through other means,” Mayfield said.

Often the nominator is somehow involved in the presentation, although nominators have on rare occasions requested anonymity.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to a person 70 or older who has a history of improving the community and is known for his or her professional contributions. The Outstanding Leader Award recognizes a role model, a supportive employer and a professional leader. The Award for Commitment to Youth is given to someone “recognized for high moral standards” and respected in the community who has committed time and effort to helping youth.

The Leadership Roswell Alumni Award is a relatively new honor and is reserved for one of the graduates of the Leadership Roswell program. Mayfield said the program has about 700 alumni now. Honorees have worked to enhance the community, Leadership Roswell and the Leadership Roswell Alumni Association.