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Time is now to nominate

March 21, 2012 - The Clarkston community is filled with volunteer spirit, with thriving community, church, and business organizations donating time and money to improve local lives.

Our most outstanding volunteers deserve recognition, but first they need to be nominated. Deadline to nominate Clarkston-area citizens for Community Awards is next week, March 30.

"We're looking for selfless service to the community, those who are more interested in helping others than themselves, with a love of volunteering, helping, and making the community a better place," said the Rev. Daniel Whiting, administrative pastor at Clarkston Community Church, hosting the event.

The Clarkston Community Awards Breakfast is 7:30-9 a.m., May 17, in the Youth Activities Room at the church, 6300 Clarkston Road.

"It's always a great time every year for the community to get together and recognize and honor those who have made a positive impact on the community," said the Rev. Greg Henneman, senior pastor. "We encourage people to nominate people they know who serve. Grab a form, take 15 minutes to fill it out and send it in. There are a lot of people in the community doing good things and they need to be recognized."

Categories are Citizen of the Year, Youth of the Year, Adult-Youth Volunteer, Business Person of the Year, Community Beautification/Preservation, Community Enhancement, and Community Collaboration.

The event is during Michigan Week.

"Every year, we celebrate what's best about Michigan," Hennaman said. "This is the way our community chooses to do this."

The event is catered by Brioni's – "a full breakfast to enjoy together, a great time to honor those who serve and have a great time together," Henneman said.

Henneman and Whiting are also working with Clarkston Area Pastors' Association, Clarkston Schools Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock, and other civic leaders on other community projects.

"We're talking to Habitat about what we can do in the community to help meet needs in Clarkston," Henneman said. "Our vision is the community coming together, individual businesses, non-profits, and civic groups, to build a house together for a needy family in Clarkston."

Another option is to fix up a home, he said.

"With the housing market today, rehab is a good option," he said. "We'll build more than one if resources permit. It could be so exciting to meet the needs of family, the community swinging the hammer together."

For more information or a nomination form, go to www.clarkstoncchurch.com. Call Pastor Whiting for more information on the Habitat project at 248-625-1323.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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