Sigler receives Citizen of the Year Award
CENTREVILLE — Two Centreville residents were nominated for the Citizen of the Year Award given out annually by the town’s Rotary Club, and during its June 29 meeting at Centreville United Methodist Church, the club announced its winner.
Former Centreville Town Councilman George “Smokey” Sigler received the award in front of the Rotary Club and said he was “humbled beyond words.”
Nominated by Rotarian Bob Hardy, Sigler, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and six-year member of the Centreville Town Council, was selected by a committee over fellow nominee Donald Dawkins.
“Through his affiliation with fraternal military organizations he has promoted the values of citizenship, trustworthiness, caring, fairness, personal responsibility and respect for our county and all its citizens,” Rotary Club District Governor Rich Graves said while presenting the award.
Outside of serving in various capacities for the town, Sigler has volunteered with the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars while working with community groups, youth groups, charity events and other organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus, Mother of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church and St. Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church.
Graves said Sigler “believes with working with his fellow citizens, neighbors, family and friends to make Queen Anne’s County one of the most livable areas in the state of Maryland.”
Sigler said he has served in some sort of capacity his entire life, and said that those “of us that do this, we have a little something extra inside of us that makes us want to serve our fellow man, and that I think is the difference from a lot of Americans today.”
Sigler thanked the organization for the nomination and award. He also thanked the Rotary Club for being a “silent organization that doesn’t go around blowing” its own horn, “but what you do is known by every member of the community that you ser ve.”
As president and member of the Centreville Town Council, Sigler fought for tax fairness in trying to make sure his constituents didn’t pay duplicative taxes for county and town services. While in office, Sigler served with the town’s Park Advisory Board in which he helped create new pocket parks and revitalization projects. In his nomination letter, Hardy described Sigler’s catering business as one that helped multiple charity events that benefitted youth and religious organizations.
Sigler was described as someone who was accessible to his fellow citizens and available to speak about town policy and events.
“In my mind he symbolizes what a local leader is and should be and he epitomizes the Six Pillars of Citizenship,” Hardy wrote. “... His community service has greatly enhanced our community.”
The other nominee for the award was Donald Dawkins, a 1955 graduate of Centreville High School and life member of the Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company. Dawkins has served as president, vice president, trustee and treasurer while a member of the company.
Nominated by Jim Edwards, Dawkins worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service as well as Queen Anne’s County government for 61 years.
In his nomination letter, Edwards said Dawkins has “worked with the farmers designing conservation practices on their farms.”
For about 20 years, Dawkins served on the Centreville Board of Zoning Appeals Board.
Edwards accepted a nomination plaque on behalf of Dawkins, who was unable to attend the morning meeting.
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George “Smokey” Sigler, right, received the Centreville Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year Award during its Thursday, June 29, meeting at Centreville United Methodist Church. From left: Rotary District Governor Rich Graves, Rotary President John Walden and Sigler.
District Rotary Governor Rich Graves, right, presents George “Smokey” Sigler with the Centreville Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year Award on Thursday, June 29.
George “Smokey” Sigler received the Centreville Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year Award during its Thursday, June 29, meeting at Centreville United Methodist Church.