Kiwanis Club seeks Citizen of the Year nominationsAward honors Mukilteo citizens who serve community
Ready or not, it’s time once again to nominate Mukilteo’s most outstanding, community-minded residents for the Citizen of the Year award.
This year’s nomination form can be found inside the Mukilteo Beacon. The deadline to submit nominations is May 31.
Since George Losvar and David Burklund were named the city’s first citizens of the year in 1970, the award has been bestowed upon some 56 people, if you count the Mukilteo Volunteer Firemen (1977) once. In two years – 1971 and 1985 – no one was selected.
Over the years, some 31 men and 25 women have received the award, which has gone to both individuals and couples. In the case of Jim Brice in 2014, the award was given posthumously and accepted by his wife, Ann.
Tim Taylor, who has chaired the selection committee since 2005 after receiving the award himself in 2004, said the process for selecting the citizen of the year has evolved over time as it has been shepherded by former recipients.
For most of its history, the selection process has been handled either by the city or the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Association, he said.
In 2004, after several years without a sponsoring organization, 1995 recipient Lois Brown approached Taylor, who was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo, to suggest the Kiwanis take on sponsorship.
It did and, ever since, Taylor and his wife, Pam, have organized the nomination and selection process, bringing together as many past recipients as they can each year in June on the deck of their Old Town home.
Anywhere from seven to 12 former recipients gather there to consider the nominations, said Pan Taylor, who does not vote but serves as an administrator, organizing the nominations for voting members of the selection committee before getting out of the way.
“We figured they don’t have an axe to grind and they understand the process,” said Brown, who said she became involved in the selection process prior to receiving the award herself and has remained involved one and off ever since.
“There’s a lot of diversity among us, so I think it works well. You get quite a broad spectrum of people from the community.”
Brown and Taylor consider themselves unique among citizens of the year as both have seen family receive the award. Taylor’s father, Ed, and his uncle Dick were chosen in 1979. Brown’s husband, Bruce, was chosen in 2002, and her daughter Debra was chosen in 2016.
“I had nothing to do with that,” Brown said of her daughter’s win last year, adding that she didn’t participate on the selection committee that year but did catch wind that Beacon Publisher Paul Archipley, who himself won in 2008, had nominated her.
“That was an extremely unusual situation.”
The selection committee typically receives anywhere from three to 10 nomination letters each year, said Taylor, who added that some years get pretty thin.
“Usually it’s not a huge number and mostly that’s because people don’t write in to nominate people,” he said. “I think the more choices we have, the better.”
Taylor said the key to a winning nomination letter is one that details the accomplishments of the nominee in the areas of business and professional organizations, community organizations and community activities.
Nominees must live within the city of Mukilteo, must not be elected officials and must not be a paid promoter for the city.
Taylor suggested conferring with others who might be able to add further information about a nominee in order to make the nomination more robust and complete. That, he said, can only help the selection committee in its deliberations.
Beyond rounding up the nominee’s accomplishments, try to keep it quiet, Taylor said – the selection committee sure tries to.
“We know who is nominated and we don’t tell anybody,” Brown said. “We know how to keep our mouths shut.”
Though this is not a Kiwanis Club award, the award is presented to the selected citizen during a Kiwanis Club meeting either in late June or early July. After that, in late July, a reception is held at Harbour Pointe Assisted Living. This year’s will be the third such reception, at which the mayor typically introduces the winner and presents a plaque.
Winners receive no monetary award or titular duties, but their names are engraved on a plaque that hangs in the Rosehill Community Center, joining a list of past recipients.
The winner later rides in the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival parade, set for Sept. 9, after which the winner is honored at a Mukilteo Historical Society-sponsored ceremony at the lighthouse that same day with the Pioneer of the Year.
Any questions about the nomination process should be directed to Taylor at email@example.com or 425-330-0399.
Mukilteo Citizens of the Year, 1970-2016
1970 – George Losvar/David Burklund
1972 – Mrs. Bartle Kane
1973 – Mrs. Richard Pallas/Mrs. Randall Gersch
1974 – Jack Gribble/Wallace Brodniak
1975 – Orin Fry/Paul Kimball
1976 – Dr. & Mrs. Raymond Coffin
1977 – Mukilteo Volunteer Firemen
1978 – MaryLou Morrow/”Jinks” Losvar Hitchcock
1979 – Dick Taylor/Ed Taylor*
1980 – Larry Corbaley
1981 – Helen Wilkes
1982 – Emory Cole
1983 – Roger Stam
1984 – Chuck Davis
1986 – Tom Bannister
1987 – Nancy Titus
1988 – Bill Scheller
1989 – Lois Livingston
1990 – Opal McConnell
1991 – Carol Goldberg
1992 – Mim Loree
1993 – Bob McBride
1994 – Helen Merriman
1995 – Lois Bellemans Brown
1996 – Mike Daffron
1997 – Jeanie James
1998 – Linda Murray
1999 – Helen Conway
2000 – Chris Wilson
2001 – Earl “Skip” Kidd/Lynette Gardiner-Kidd
2002 – Bruce Brown
2003 – Pam Glasco
2004 – Tim Taylor
2005 – Ann Collier
2006 – Joann and Larry Ames
2007 – Don Doran
2008 – Paul Archipley
2009 – Tony McNulty
2010 – Ann Jordan
2011 – Elizabeth Erickson
2012 – Steve and Darlene Conkle
2013 – Kathy Wisbeck
2014 – John Collier
2014 – Jim Brice (posthumously awarded)
2015 – Stan Lundgaard
2016 – Debra Bordsen
*bolded names are those past recipients who are still alive