Potomac Chamber Accepting Award Nominations

Potomac Chamber Accepting Award Nominations

Annual recognition of people involved in the community.

The Potomac Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual awards honoring Youth of the Year, Businessperson of the Year and Citizen of the Year.

The awards are given in conjunction with Potomac Day, which this year will be celebrated Oct. 20.

Awardees will be recognized at the Potomac Day Parade and at an awards dinner Nov. 14.

The Youth of the Year award will be presented to a senior high school student in either public or private school who resides in or attends school in Potomac, or a nearby community such as Bethesda or Rockville, as is the case with Walt Whitman and Thomas S. Wootton high schools which draw students from the Potomac area.

According to Jennifer Matheson at the Potomac Chamber of Commerce, area schools are asked to nominate not more than two students.

“We usually get those in the fall,” she said.

Students are judged on scholarship, leadership and community service. In nominating a student, provide information of the scholastic achievements of the nominee, information on the activities of the nominee in school and in the community, giving “concrete examples of how the nominee advances the goals of leading his/her peers towards good citizenship and high moral principles,” according to the guidelines published by the Potomac Chamber of Commerce. “What contributions has the nominee made to his/her peer group by example, persuasion, leadership?” Also, of interest to the judging committee is the community projects the nominee is involved in and how the nominee fulfilled his/her community service requirements.

There are a few other questions to be answered in nominating an individual including, “Why do you believe the nominee deserves this award?”

Nominees for Businessperson of the year must work or do business in Potomac, be a member of the Potomac Chamber of Commerce and have made contributions to the welfare of the community.

And to be selected as Citizen of the Year, nominees must be an individual or organization in Potomac and have “…made a contribution to the welfare of the citizens of the local, regional or national communities.”

Completed nomination forms should be submitted as soon as possible to the Potomac Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 59160, Potomac, MD 20859.

For more information or nominating forms contact Matheson at 301-299-2170.

The Potomac Chamber of Commerce also published information for the Potomac Day Classic Car Show which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct 20. Applications are available at www.potomacchamber.org or from Matheson at jennifer@potomacpizza.com or 301-299-2170.

Business sponsorships are available for the Potomac Day festivities and booths are available for meeting with the public and presenting information about local services and retailing. For more information on having a booth, visit www.potomacchamber.org.