Citizens Who Care & Educator of the Year
What is Citizens Who Care & Educator of the Year?
Citizens Who Care (CWC) is Andover's longest running program that honors outstanding community volunteers. Since 1996 the Rotary Club of Andover has honored 10 people each year who have contributed to the local community through their extraordinary volunteer contributions. Those chosen exemplify what it means to be an "unsung hero." They come in all ages, professions and The Educator of the Year (EOY) started in 2009 and honors one exceptional educator chosen by his or her peers.
CWC & EOY recipients are recognized in an exhibit of portraits and biographies that travels throughout the town. It can be found in Town Offices, Memorial Hall Library, CVS's Main Street window, Brickstone Square, and local several banks. The kick-off for each year's new exhibit is a gala that draws town leaders, elected state officials, Rotarians, past recipients and friends and families of the recipients.
How are the recipients chosen?
Starting in January a Rotary committee sends out nomination forms to a large list of organizations or individuals that are in a position to nominate candidates. Any individual is welcome to nominate a worthy candidate. We receive about 50 nominations from which we choose 9 final recipients.
The Educator of the Year is nominated by teachers, school administrators and parents. A panel that consists of four educators who are intimately involved in education, but who have no ties to the Andover School System, makes the final decision.  Nomination forms for all Citizens Who Care categories will be available on the website starting in January of each year.
How does Citizens Who Care & Educator of the Year make a difference in the world?
We celebrate these local heroes at our annual Citizens Who Care & Educator of the Year Gala.  Funds raised through ticket sales, sponsorships, and program ads raise funds to support club activities including scholarships, local grants, and our international water project.  Check out our photo album pages under Who We Are to see photos from previous galas.  You can help celebrate Citizens Who Care by nominating candidates and attending an upcoming gala.
Download forms to nominate your favorite unsung hero here:

Art Astbury, Citizens Who Care 2012


John Givens, Educator of the Year 2009

Peggy Keck, Citizens Who Care 2005

Cindy Rayner, Citizens Who Care 1998