County seeking nominations for Jefferson Awards
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The County of Sonoma is seeking nominations of individuals and organizations for The Jefferson Awards, a national recognition system designed to highlight public service in America.

The Jefferson Awards began as part of the American Institute for Public Service in 1972 and was established by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Sam Beard, a staffer to the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

Locally, the program was adopted by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and was designed to highlight the value of nonprofit organizations, boards, commissions and advisory bodies, as well as individual efforts for “Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement.” 

Some of the past awardees include Becoming Independent, La Luz Center, California Center for Well Being, and the Ceres Community Project.

County Board of Supervisors Chair David Rabbitt commented, “The Jefferson Awards provides a unique opportunity to present a national honor to members of our community that are dedicated to exceptional civic service. The Board looks forward to honoring this year’s awardees and celebrating their dedication to Sonoma County.”

Any member of the community can nominate an individual, non-profit agency, board, commission or advisory body. To obtain nomination criteria, materials and further information go to and click on the Jefferson Awards icon.

The final submission date for 2014 Jefferson Award nominations is Friday, Aug. 8. For more information contact the Jefferson Awards coordinator, Sylvia Lemus, HR Programs Coordinator Human Resources Department at (707) 565-1702.

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