What makes Upper Arlington great is its people -- the people who choose to make their home here and raise families, the people behind the shops, services and businesses to be found within our borders, and the people who educate our children, provide all manner of services and who work hard to keep us safe.
Every day, the citizens of our community make a positive difference in the lives of others. They mentor children and organize fundraising events for worthy causes. They help drive our elderly to doctors' appointments, enrich our lives with community events and gatherings, and so much more.
Everywhere you turn, it's clear we are a community that cares.
As the year draws to a close, this is the time we traditionally reach out to the public to help us recognize some of the people and organizations that have contributed to our quality of life in some way. I am, of course, referring to our annual Community Awards program, which is announced as part of the January State of the City Address.
Our 2012 Community Awards will be presented in the following categories:
Business -- This award recognizes an Upper Arlington business that is actively involved in the community through support and participation in community service projects, providing financial or in-kind support for various causes or events, or bringing other significant benefits to the community through its presence in UA.
Community Enrichment -- The Community Enrichment Award is presented to an individual or group that has spearheaded or is actively involved in a project or program that enhances the city's quality of life. Such programs can be in a variety of areas, including the arts, education, recreation, cultural diversity and enhancement of the natural environment.
Community Safety -- The Community Safety Award is presented to an individual or group actively involved in programming to raise awareness of or improve the overall health and safety of members of the community, or for a significant one-time act to help others in the community during their moment of need.
Super Senior -- Our Super Senior is an individual who continues to be actively involved in his/her community through volunteer service, taking a leadership or participatory role in community programs, and setting a shining example for other seniors to follow.
Youth Award -- Presented to a youth or group actively involved in volunteer service, or the participation in and development of community programs to benefit others, and setting an example for other Upper Arlington young people.
Nomination forms can be obtained online at uaoh.net or by calling my office at 614-583-5040.
The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. I encourage you to show your support for those groups and individuals who make our community a better place to live and work -- nominate them for a 2012 Community Award.
Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.