The Virginia Beach Jaycees annually award an individual as The First Citizen of Virginia Beach. This time honored tradition which started in 1950 is presented to an outstanding individual who best embodies the Jaycee Creed. Recipients exemplify the spirit of citizenship and leadership through their time, talents and efforts towards the better of Virginia Beach. Money raised by the First Citizen Dinner will be utilized in sending handicapped children to Camp Jaycees, taking children from low income homes shopping for their families at Christmas and various other community service projects.
Nominations for the 2013 First Citizen of Virginia Beach will be accepted beginning Monday, February 3, 2014. The Virginia Beach Jaycees, also know as the Junior Chamber of Commerce annually awards this honor to the individual nominee who best exemplifies the Jaycee Creed. Applicants should demonstrate the spirit of citizenship and leadership through the use of their time, talents, and leadership efforts toward betterment of Virginia Beach and its citizens.
- Must be a legal resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia or applied for legal residency by January 1, 2012
- Individuals must be above the age of 39
- Volunteer work must have a positive impact on the City of Virginia Beach
A panel of five undisclosed Virginia Beach citizens will serve as judges for the First Citizen of Virginia Beach Award. They will give particular consideration to each nominee’s record of adherence to the principles embodied in the United States Jaycee Creed.
That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life:
That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations;
That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise;
That government should be of laws rather than of men;
That earth’s great treasure lies in human personality;
And that service to humanity is the BEST WORK OF LIFE.
The 2013 First Citizen Award recipient will be honored at an awards banquet and formal dinner in the Spring of 2014.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Please mail FIVE (5) completed copies of your First Citizen application packages to:Kathleen Pearson Virginia Beach Jaycees Attn: First Citizen 1112 Jensen Drive, Suite 103 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
All nomination packages must be postmarked by Tuesday, April 9, 2013 and will be considered property of the Virginia Beach Jaycees, Inc.
Please email questions to:Kathleen Pearson Kathleen Pearson@Tupelo-event.com 757-708-0421
2012 First Citizen of Virginia Beach Nomination Application Packages must include the following:
- Nominees work and personal contact information
- Your work and personal contact information
- Describe of the nominee; including but not limited to career, community, and charitable activities and biography.
- Describe his/her exceptional achievements and contributions on a community, state and nations level.
- List honors and awards received that demonstrate the nominees commitment to the Jaycee Creed and the city of Virginia Beach.
- Describe in detail how the nominee excels in a minimum of three (3) of the following areas:
- Service to Humanity
- Personal Accomplishments and Improvement
- Contributions to the Betterment of the Virginia Beach Community and Current Social Issues.
- Volunteer Service and Philanthropic Contribution
- Scientific or Technological Community Contributions
- Legal Reform
- Cultural Achievements (to include: literature, history, education, visual or performing arts)
- Academic Leadership
- Moral or Religious Leadership
- Influence and participation in successful public initiatives
- Any additional area of significant contribution on a community, state, or national level
- Personal statement as to why you believe this individual nominee should be selected as First Citizen of Virginia Beach.
Letters of endorsement and support should be included from the nominees colleagues, family, supporters, and community leaders. A minimum of five (5) and a MAXIMUM of one hundred (100) letters should be included in the Nomination application package.
Former First Citizens
1950– James Kontopanos
1951– E.B. Bayne
1952– J. Peter Holland, III
1953– Woody Seamans
1954– Mrs. Gilmore Tilbrook
1955– Dr. Robert Woodhouse
1956– R. Lee Page
1957– Sidney S. Kellam
1958– Rhae W. Adams
1959– Frank Tarrall, Jr.
1960– Louise Brown Wilson
1961– George D. Brooke
1962– Claiborne Bryant
1963– Richard Absalom
1964– Hugh Lynn Cayce
1965– Frank W. Cox
1966– Dr. Waller Taylor
1967– Mrs. Wallace Clark
1968– Hunter C. Phelan
1969– Ragan Bradshaw Pulley
1970– Mrs. Philip Lee Russo
1971– James P. Sadler
1972– Algy W. Cohen
1973– Mable Owen
1974– John T. Banks, Jr.
1975– Mary Ellen Cox
1976– Robert M. Stanton
1977– Charles Forbes
1978– Judge Robert Wahab Jr.
1979– Eileen Ayvazian
1980– Walter Noona
1981– Michael Savvides
1982– Dr. Edward Brickell
1983– Aaron A. Parsons
1984– Alfred “Skip” Wilkins, Jr.
1985– James N. Fletcher
1986– B.H. “Pat” Bridges, Jr.
1987– E.T. “Joe” Buchanan, III
1988– Harold Heischober
1989– Thomas A. Barton, Jr.
1990– Andrew S. Fine
1991– Rev. John H. Jordan, Jr.
1992– Priscilla M. Beede
1993– Heather Tace
1994– Michael J. Barrett
1995– Elizabeth “Betty” Busciglio
1996– Edward B. Snyder
1997– Frank Drew
1998– Michael Katsias
1999– Dorothy Wood
2000– Nancy A. Creech
2001– Thomas C. Broyles
2002– Owen B. Pickett
2003– Harry T. Lester
2004– Thomas R. Frantz
2005– William D. Sessoms, Jr.
2006– John F. Malbon
2007– Linwood O. Branch, III
2008– Macon F. Brock
2009 – Helen Dragas
2010 – Pearl Smith
2011 – Charles Barker