2017 Auburn Citizen of the Year
Ken Blais, owner of Rolly’s Diner in New Auburn.
In 1974, the ABA began a tradition of honoring an outstanding person in the community for business and community service.
The purpose of this award is to recognize a person who lives or works in Auburn who has made a local, state or national impact and thus enriched our community. This may have been accomplished through a lifetime of service or by a single deed, the benefit of which will continue to be felt and recognized years later.
Please join us at Martindale Country Club on Thursday, May 4, 2017 to honor Auburn’s 2017 Citizen of the Year.
Congratulations to Rachel A. Morin, the 2016 Auburn Citizen of the Year!
Photos from our 2015 banquet, honoring Greg Whitney.
In 1974, the ABA began a tradition of honoring an outstanding person in the community for business and community service. Originally called “Man of the Year”, it evolved into “Citizen of the Year” when Lee Young received it in 1981. Residency in Auburn is not required, only that the person has business and/or service activities in Auburn.
Previous recipients have included:
|1974 Clarence Cole||1996 Rachel Desgrosseilliers|
|1975 Malcolm Philbrook, Jr.||1996 Bethel Shields|
|1976 Earl B. Austin||1997 Peter Frewen|
|1977 Gerard Rousseau||1998 Toby Tiner, Jr.|
|1978 Ralph Hodgkins||1999 Tom Platz|
|1979 At Savignano||2000 Jim Bouchles|
|1980 Harry Nason||2001 Chip Morrison|
|1981 Lee Young||2002 Barbara Trafton|
|1982 Pennell Woodard||2003 John Emerson|
|1983 Ernest Cobb||2004 Rebecca Swanson Conrad|
|1984 Barbara Ring||2005 Donna Steckino|
|1985 Gerald LaPlante||2006 Ron Lebel|
|1986 Richard Kendall||2007 Sharon Millett|
|1987 R. Peter Whitmore||2008 Dick Gleason|
|1988 Jane P. Norris||2009 Tom Poulin|
|1989 Eugene Keene||2010 Peter Garcia|
|1990 Thomas N. Hackett||2011 Jim Wellehan|
|1991 Stephen B. Austin||2012 Gary Hemenway|
|1992 William Rogers||2013 Senator Olympia J. Snowe|
|1993 Harold Lucas||2014 Dan Campbell|
|1994 Tonie Ramsey||2015 Greg Whitney|
|1995 Ralph Tuttle||2016 Rachel A. Morin|
At the September meeting in 2011, the ABA kicked off our series of monthly meetings with a reunion of past Citizens of the Year.
Pictured from left to right (front row) are Steve Austin, Earl Austin and Ernie Cobb, (back row) Penny Woodard, Peter Whitmore, Lee young, Donna Steckino, Dick Kendall, Jim Wellehan and Rachel Degrosseilliers.