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Teton County is seeking nominations for its Volunteer Board Member of the Year Award.

“Volunteers are the cornerstone of our Boards and are vital to raising awareness in the communities in which they live and work,” Natalia Macker, chair of the Teton County Board of County Commissioners, said in a press release. “The Volunteer Board [Member] of the Year Award was created to recognize those outstanding volunteers whose unselfish and dedicated service has made a difference in our community.”

People who live or work in Teton County can nominate volunteer board members through Jan. 10 by sending an email to awatkins@tetoncountywy.gov and/or to cclabuesch@tetoncountywy.gov with “Board Volunteer Award Submission” as the subject line.

Nominations can also be mailed to the Teton County Administration Building c/o Administration Department, P.O. Box 3594, Jackson, WY 83001.

County commissioners will evaluate nominees’ “role, impact, engagement and inspiration to other board members and the community.” They will choose who gets the award and will present it to the winner in February.

The honoree will be recognized again at a volunteer open house in the fall of 2021.

Nominees must be current board members. Volunteers may not nominate themselves but may nominate other volunteers.

The award is open only to members of the nine county-only boards: the Alta Solid Waste District Committee, Teton District Board of Health and Teton County Planning Commission, as well as the Teton County Building Appeals, Fair, Historic Preservation, Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling, Library, and Weed and Pest boards.

Members of joint boards, like Parks and Rec and START, are not eligible.

This will be the second year that commissioners will recognize a Volunteer Board Member of the Year. In 2019, Dan Forman was the first to receive that honorific for his work on the Teton County Board of Health.

The announcement comes shortly after the County Commission and Jackson Town Council appointed new joint and county-only volunteer board members.

Applicants are also still being accepted to other boards: the Teton County Library Board, which has one vacancy after the County Commission removed Dail Barbour from her seat; the joint START Board, which has three vacancies for three-year terms; and the joint Jackson/Teton County Housing Authority Board, which has one vacancy for a five-year term.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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