John A. Coleman, Lafayette's 2024 Citizen of the Year

John A. Coleman, Lafayette's 2024 Citizen of the Year

2024 Lafayette Citizen of the Year: John A. Coleman

We all should be honored to live in a community with so many wonderful citizens! We received over 20 nominations for six highly notable community contributors. The 2024 nomination deadline was Friday, February 9 at 1pm. On Tuesday, February 13, the nomination committee selected John A. Coleman for his decades of service to Lafayette.

A dinner will be held in his honor at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa on Thursday, March 28, 2024, 6pm-9pm. Registration for dinner is now closed. Call the Chamber for waitlist, (925) 284-7404.

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Lafayette Citizen of the Year Nomination Criteria

Criteria for Lafayette's Citizen of the Year are as follows:

  • Must NOT be a current elected or paid member of any City Council or school board.
  • Must be a current Lafayette resident.
  • Must be someone who has given of their time, money or energy to help make Lafayette a healthy community, where people will want to live, work and shop.
  • Must be someone who models excellence in everything they do.
  • Must be someone who brings this community together and/or makes us proud to be a member of the community.

 

Previous recipients: W.B. Ellis, Ralfe Miller, Margaret Bainbridge, Mel Nielsen, John R. Jacques, M.H. Stanley, C.R. Turner, Theron Nelson, William Zion, Stanford White, Jack Hageman, Lou Repetto, Jop Van Overveen, Vern Odegard, Jack Marchant, Donn Black, Charles Franklin, Chris Adams, John Kennedy, Clifford Feiler, James Lloyd, Boardman Moore, Robert Augenthaler, Percy Whitten, Barbara Bupp, Irene Graff, Ed Stokes, Robert Fisher, Ernie Marriner, Ken Clifford, Don Young, Irene Thomas, Ned Robinson, Alice Johnson, Hirsh Morton, Sue Cross, Tom Cleveland, Herb Joyce, Skid Thomas, Su Stauffer, Tom Courtright, Lynn Hiden, Avon Wilson, Bill Wakeman, Richard Holmes, Guy Atwood, Connie & Mike Collier, Judy Garvens, Anne Grodin, Ellen Peterson, Norma Evans, Robert Wood, Mary McCosker, Budd MacKenzie, Kathy Bowles, Ivor Samson, Gwen Watson, Judy Carney, Jeanne Ateljevich, Team Library, Karen Mulvaney, Gayle Uilkema, Greg Moeller, Toni McShane, Marechal Duncan, Tom Steuber, Dick & Robin Holt, Donovan Jenkins, Don Tatzin, Rick and Janet Cronk, William Fraser and Janet Thomas, and Mike Anderson.

COY Committee is an Independent Selection Committee made up of current Board President, current recipient, and a former City Council member plus our staff liaison who serves to gather notes and moderate. Neither the Chamber Board nor staff in their positions have any influence in the decision process outside this committee. All nominations and comments are directed to this committee. 

Questions? Reach out to the Lafayette Chamber at (925) 284-7404.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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