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The Heart of Gold Celebration, which includes an auction, will take place online this year

PMG FILE PHOTO - Sherine and Jaimy Beltran, left and center, were presented the First Citizen award by former Rotary Club of Wilsonville President Kyle Bunch, right, at the Heart of Gold Dinner and Auction in 2016.

The Rotary Club of Wilsonville is accepting nominations for its annual First Citizen honor, which is awarded to a stellar community volunteer during the Heart of Gold Celebration. The organization is accepting nominations through Dec. 31. Anyone who works, lives or volunteers in Wilsonville is eligible.

"Volunteering is so important to a healthy and compassionate community," Rotary Club of Wilsonville President Joe Schwab said in a press release. "Our volunteers are the people who make this a wonderful place to live. Rotary would like to recognize these volunteers, but we don't know who all of them are. We need the public's input to help us identify those who are making the community better, whether prominently or very quietly."

Following the nomination period, a Rotary committee will choose three or four finalists and then select a winner from among the finalists. Past winners include Jr. Scoop founder Jordan Scoggins, former mayors John Ludlow and Charlotte Lehan as well as current Mayor Tim Knapp and, in 2019, avid volunteers Dianne and Jake McMichael.

The ceremony normally takes place in person and includes a dinner and auction, but, due to COVID-19, will be held online this year.

"Our supporters will be able to watch the proceedings online and purchase auction items to support what we do for the community," Schwab said.

The event helps raise money for Rotary projects such as the Summer Concert Series, Through A Child's Eyes program for incarcerated mothers and their children, an international youth exchange program, college scholarships and more.

For more information, visit http://www.wilsonvillerotary.com/.


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