The Union Jaycees are resurrecting an event that recognizes community-minded residents.
The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) Banquent is slated for Feb. 8, 2014, after a three-year hiatus. The last time the awards were presented was in 2011.
DSA Committee Chairman Jessica Oltmann said it is important to recognize those in the community who make a difference.
“We felt like there are some really outstanding people in the community who aren’t being recognized,” she said. “We feel we need to recognize these so more people will get involved in the community.”
Oltmann added that there are a lot of people in the Union area who are doing great things to help the community.
“There are so many hard-working and giving people in our community who deserve to be seen for their good work,” she said.
Oltmann added that many of those great things are done through civic organizations.
“There are a lot of things that are going on that involve the civic organizations,” she said. “We want the word to get out there to let people know what’s going on.”
There also will be an Outstanding Educator Award presented, but there will be one award given to an “Outstanding Young Person,” who is under the age of 40.
At previous DSA banquets there were awards given to both a male and female under the age of 40.
There will be a new award at next year’s banquet that will honor a first responder. Oltmann said the “Shield Award” is open to law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, dispatchers or other first responders.
“We all felt that there are some wonderful men and women serving this community who do more than we know and deserve recognition,” she said. “Also, there are men and women behind the scenes that we may never see who are doing extraordinary things in the offices or dispatchers or other personnel who deserve to be recognized for their service.
“So the shield award was brought to the table and we all agreed it was the best idea for our community,” Oltmann added.
The recipients of the 2011 DSA, and other service awards, will be asked to present the 2013 awards.
This year the nominees for most of the awards will be pared down to a finalist, who will be profiled in The Missourian in mid-January.
She added that the Jaycees committee still is discussing if any information about the DSA recipient will be announced prior to the award night.
The deadline to submit a nomination is Jan. 2 and the finalists will be announced the week of Jan. 15.
Nominations can be submitted to the Union Area Chamber of Commerce office. People may download the nomination forms at www.unionmochamber.org, or they can call the Chamber office at 636-583-8979.
The Jaycee DSA Banquet will be at Union City Hall and the cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed with the awards ceremony and dancing until midnight.
The tickets are $30 per person, or $200 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased through a Union Jaycees member or the Union Chamber of Commerce office.