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Jefferson Awards SealExcellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement

2015 Jefferson Awards – Open for Nominations

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is pleased to open nominations for ‘The Jefferson Awards’ for our eighth year. Our local program was developed to spotlight "Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement." It is important for the County to have recognition programs, such as Jefferson Awards, to recognize those wonderful people and organizations who form the bedrock of our fabulous community. We hope you will participate by nominating an individual, a non-profit agency, board, commission, or advisory body, who you think has best demonstrated, "Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement” in our local community. Nominations are due to Human Resources by August 7, 2015.

About the Jefferson Awards Program

The Jefferson Awards Program is 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 Bobby Kennedy. More information about the national program can be found on the Jefferson Awards website.

Locally, the program was adopted by the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors. After an analysis of other local recognition programs, the County’s program was designed to highlight the value of non-profit organizations, boards, commissions and advisory bodies, as well as individual efforts for Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement.
Regionally, media partners such as CBS 5 and KCBS-AM have been promoting the Jefferson Awards throughout the Bay Area. Several counties and cities along with many non-profit organizations participate by holding their own local programs and then submitting nominees to the regional competition.
The County encourages and applauds existing volunteer recognition programs. The Jefferson Awards will serve to further highlight the strength of our community and promote engagement in solving community problems.

The County of Sonoma is proud of and grateful to these individuals and organizations for their outstanding service to our community. They exemplify the spirit of the Jefferson Award for Public Service in their Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement.

Prior Jefferson Award Winners

Contact Information

Sylvia Lemus
HR Programs Coordinator
(707) 565-1702 Work
(707) 565-3770 Fax

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