Contact: John Baker
The deadline for nominations for the 2014 Howard B. Lang Jr. Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service has been extended to Friday, Jan. 17. The extension decision was made because of extreme winter weather and the end-of-year, middle-of-the-week holiday schedule. The award program, organized by the City of Columbia and the New Century Fund, recognizes an outstanding volunteer for his or her contribution to city government.
The award is made possible by Leo Hill, city manager from 1952-1958, who worked with Howard Lang when he served as mayor of Columbia. Hill wished to honor Lang, Columbia's mayor from 1953-1957, for his service to the city through this award. Lang passed away in November 2007.
Nominees may have filled any volunteer role that benefits the city: a board, commission or task force member, elected official or volunteer with any of Columbia's city departments. The recipient will be chosen based on impact, initiative and length of service. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 17.
Previous recipients of the award are Ed Kaiser, a longtime volunteer with the Columbia Public Works Department and the Columbia Police Department; Darwin Hindman, who served as mayor from 1995-2010; Dave Griggs, chairman of the board for REDI (Regional Economic Development Incorporated); Robert C. Smith, 2012, former mayor 1961-63, and Jo Sapp, 2013, who led initiatives for the city's visioning process, public arts support and more.
The honoree will be presented a plaque along with a $1,000 check made to the individual or the organization of the donor's choice.
Application forms and other details are posted on the city's website at www.GoColumbiaMo.com. Search for "Lang Nomination." The nomination form is downloadable by the user.
More information is available by contacting John Baker, trust specialist, City of Columbia, 573-817-5027 or jdbaker@GoColumbiaMo.com.