Sigler re­ceives Cit­i­zen of the Year Award

Record Observer - - NEWS - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­

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.

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