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The City of Anderson Park and Recreation Board will be accepting nominations for community leaders to be honored this summer at the Anderson Community Park, located immediately southwest of the Madison Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Mayor Thomas Broderick explained that those selected will have their names, along with the nature of their community service/leadership activity, engraved on a memorial brick that will be laid in the park during a ceremony later this summer. Mayor Broderick stated that his administration had requested the park board streamline the process for selection of individuals to receive the honor and the procedure for nominations. The memorial park opened mid-2015 and originally called for nominations to be provided for every three years. After listening to community representatives and leaders it was decided there should be an annual nomination process. Pursuant to the new procedures, it is expected that the park board will formally announce the opening of the 30-day period at the next park board meeting, which is scheduled for May 1, 2018. It is expected that the deadline for submission of nominations will be on or before June 1, 2018.
Mayor Broderick said, “we hope to engage the community at large in nominating individuals in the community that have made a positive impact on our city. Anyone can make a nomination, however, I am hopeful that our schools will engage students to take part in the nomination process. In working with students we can help educate our youth on the history of our community and the citizens who helped shape our city.” Information concerning the nomination process is being sent to middle and high school students, through the schools.
Those who wish to nominate an individual are required to submit a written nomination to the Park Department in care of the Mayor’s Office, 120 E. 8th St. Anderson, IN, 46016 on or before June 1, 2018. The written nomination may not exceed 275 words and should set forth the reasons for the proposed nominee utilizing the following criteria:
1. The nominee must have been an Anderson resident.
2. The nominee must have been deceased no sooner than the year before the nomination.
3. The nominee must have been involved in one or more service organizations within the community or provided recognizable community service.
4. The nominee must have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the
community and its citizens which may include the promotion of ideals of integrity, justice, truthfulness and responsibility; and any qualities of selflessness, compassion, and courage; as well as any leadership role the nominee may have had in government, school, business or servant or public service and how those activities and efforts may have inspired and motivated others in the community.
A committee of five (5) individuals selected by the park board, shall serve as the reviewing committee. The committee shall include the President of the Board, one additional board member, the Superintendent of Parks Department, and two members of the public. The committee shall review all of the nominations and shall submit their recommendation to the Board for final approval. No more than 12 individuals may be selected for a year, except for the year 2018 (end of the first 3 year period), may allow no more than 20 individuals. The Board shall have the discretion to accept or reject any or all nominees.
Mayor Broderick said, “We look forward to receiving many nominations. The city has many individuals in our history who have significantly contributed to making our community a better place to live. I expect the decision process will be difficult, given the number of individuals who have given extraordinary service and leadership to our community.”