AUBURN, Mass. – The recipient of the John E. and Ethel E. Riley Outstanding Citizenship Award was supposed to be announced on Monday night, but the committee postponed its meeting due to Hurricane Sandy.
The Riley Outstanding Citizenship Award Committee will now meet on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall to decide on the award’s recipient.
According to Town Clerk Ellen Gaboury, nominations for the award include why the person being nominated has been an outstanding citizen and how the individual has made life for Auburn residents better.
The John E. and Ethel E. Riley Outstanding Citizenship Award was created in 1976 to honor the Rileys for their contribution to serving and making life for Auburn citizens better. John served as Auburn Town Clerk from 1922 to 1952 and Ethel served as an assistant for many years.
There was money donated that is now held by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. The interest earned is given to the recipient chosen each year. Last year, the Rev. Robert F. and Leona F. Fenby received the award.
The award committee consists of the Auburn town clerk, selectmen chairman, a Town Meeting member chosen by the moderator, an educator named by the School Committee, high school senior class officers, president of the Auburn Ecumenical Cluster, a news media person covering Auburn news and a citizen of Auburn named by the selectmen, master of the Masonic Lodge, grand knight of the Auburn Knights of Columbus, Auburn/Webster Lodge of Elks and commander of Chester P. Tuttle Post American Legion.