Eleven Carol Stream residents have been nominated by service organizations as potential recipients of the village's Citizen of the Year awards to honor their volunteerism in 2012.
The annual awards have been given out since 1965 by a Citizen of the Year committee, which collects nominations from local groups. The committee is made up of past award winners.
Those eligible for the Citizen of the Year award are residents of Carol Stream who have volunteered in one or more community groups in the past year. One man and one woman receive the award.
The female nominees are Dinah Canada of the Filipino American Association of Carol Stream; Mary Hudspeath of the Carol Stream Historical Society and Friends of the Carol Stream Library; Nancy Bagdonas of the Carol Stream Woman's Club; and Yvonne Petit of the Carol Stream Park District.
The male nominees are Bob Macht of the Carol Stream Park District and Ray Peterson of Our Savior Lutheran Church.
The committee also gives out a Special Citizen of the Year award to one male and one female to recognize village residents who have volunteered for five straight years in the community.
The female nominees are Nita Debarlaben of the Carol Stream Rotary Club; Carolyn "Charlie" Milschewski of the Carol Stream Park District; and Tamara Trombetta of DuPage PADS.
The male nominees are: Dale Hanlon of Our Savior Lutheran Church and Jon Harn of the Carol Stream Park District.
All nominees will be at an open house at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Carol Stream village hall, 500 N. Gary Ave. The public is invited to stop by and meet the nominees.
The awards will be given out at a banquet on Feb. 2 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 150 S. Gary Ave. Tickets are $35.
For details, visit citizenoftheyear.com.