Radnor Township to launch awards program

An awards program getting underway in Radnor Township is going to “give recognition to people doing great things,” Radnor director of parks and recreation Tammy Cohen said last week.

Rising Above, which is to be the name of the program, was approved by the board of commissioners at its July 18 meeting where Cohen outlined the proposal as having “five categories including the Radnor Township Outstanding Employee Performance Award, the outstanding Community Service Award, the future of Radnor Award, the Outstanding Business Award and the Outstanding Radnor Township Community Organization Award.”

Cohen said, however, that the idea is to do more than just toss laurel wreaths annually to Radnor’s best. She described it as a way “to get folks working together, to bring people together [and strengthen] the relationship between the township and the community.”

Cohen was speaking for a committee of four township employees that includes superintendent of operations Paul Bazik, superintendent of police Bill Colarulo and director of finance Bill White.

“We kind of made it up,” Cohen said. “We each did our own research, created it on our own,” she added to assure that there had been originality in the planning.

Cohen said, though, that the spark of the idea had come from township manager Bob Zienkowski, “but everyone had input. A few of us just picked up on it.”

Originally there were four categories. The “Future” award was shaped for someone under 18. The “Community Service” award was added as the fifth category, Cohen said.

The six-page proposal that made its way through the commissioners’ well-wishes will appear in the September number of the township newsletter. The township manager and elected officials are not eligible.

Cohen stressed that nominations will be invited from the entire community. There will be seven-member selection panel chosen from a representative of the commissioners, one of the other township boards, a school-district representative, the township manager, a student, a business-community representative and a fire-company designee. From the nominations three finalists will be chosen by the panel with the 15 total finalists and their 15 nominees highlighted at an awards event not yet on the calendar, although “early April,” Cohen said, was the target. The first honorees named would be for 2011 with the awards made in 2012.

The program proposal describes each award and sets criteria and requirements for eligibility. It describes panel requirements and guidelines, and it outlines the process from panel selection to awards ceremony. A nomination form requires information and nomination support. It will be available soon.

 

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