The Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce has made some changes to its list of awards recognizing local citizens this year.
“We will no longer be doing both Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards,” said Chamber Executive Director Olivia Mears in the December newsletter. “Our wonderful volunteers should be considered for Citizen of the Year.”
The Citizen of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have contributed time, talent, and energy to make a positive impact on the community over a period of years, including the past year. Nominees must be residents of Hot Springs and their efforts should be charitable and non-political in nature.
The Chamber is also encouraging more active involvement from the community’s youth with an award change.
The traditional Joyce Farrell Volunteer of the Year Award will be renamed as the Joyce Farrell Youth Volunteer of the Year Award. Farrell is a longtime volunteer in the community who has put special emphasis on working with children. The newly named award will be presented each year to an outstanding youth who has “gone above and beyond in giving back to the community through volunteer service hours,” the nomination form reads.
In order to be nominated for the Farrell award, youth must be under the age of 18 as of Jan. 1 and have volunteered in Hot Springs for more than two years. The nominee cannot have been paid for the work, and no political volunteering will be considered.
Both awards, along with several business awards, will be presented at the Chamber’s annual meeting March 10. Businesses who are Chamber members can be nominated for Retail Business of the Year, Service Business of the Year and Hospitality Business of the Year.
For more information on nominating individuals for either of the awards, contact the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce.