Judy Tumblin, John Amerman named Grand Lake Citizens of the Year
Sunday night dozens of Grand Lake citizens came together to honor Judy Tumblin and John Amerman, both of whom are the recipients of this year’s Citizen of the Year award from the local Rotary chapter.
Each year Grand Lake’s Rotary Club honors a member of the community with the distinction of Citizen of the Year. The award is meant to recognize and honor a local Grand Lake citizen whose actions over the past year have contributed to the quality of life and the sense of civic pride felt by members of the community.
Typically the award is given out to one individual per year. Grand Lake Rotary Club President Mike Long noted that 2018 is the second time in 16 years that two individuals have received the designation.
“We ended up with co-recipients this year,” Long said. “When the selection committee got the nominations they could not make a decision between those two. They are both equally deserving of the award.”
The selection process starts months prior to the actual award ceremony. Community members nominate their fellow citizens for the distinction. Nominations are sent to the Grand Lake Rotary Club though according to Long no member of Grand Lake Rotary is eligible to receive the award.
A selection committee is formed each year consisting of four or five previous winners of Citizen of the Year. The nomination committee reviews all submissions and makes the final selection based on the community service performed by the candidates. This year’s selection committee was made up of Suzi Maki, Mayor Jim Peterson, Elin Capps and Connie Graham.
The honorary designation is “a big deal”, Long said, especially so when considering the high level of volunteerism and civic commitment that runs throughout the members of the community.
“Judy and John have been huge volunteers,” Long said. “Judy helps with multiple events in town. She basically coordinated all volunteers for Ride the Rockies this year. John is involved in Search and Rescue and helps with cancer fundraisers here in town. Both of them are the type of individuals you can call on any time you need help getting something done.”
For their part the winners were modest about receiving the award.
“It is pretty humbling,” Tumblin said. “There are so many amazing people in this town, so many volunteers. There are so many more deserving. I want to just represent the community this year and honor the recognition. It was pretty shocking.”
Likewise, Amerman echoed Tumblin’s sentiments.
“I feel very honored and humbled by it,” Amerman said. “I feel very grateful for the recognition. We do these things not for the recognition but for the betterment of the community. I was very surprised and honored.”
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