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.
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||1997 Peter Frewen|
|1975 Malcolm Philbrook, Jr.||1998 Toby Tiner, Jr.|
|1976 Earl B. Austin||1999 Tom Platz|
|1977 Gerard Rousseau||2000 Jim Bouchles|
|1978 Ralph Hodgkins||2001 Chip Morrison|
|1979 At Savignano||2002 Barbara Trafton|
|1980 Harry Nason||2003 John Emerson|
|1981 Lee Young||2004 Rebecca Swanson Conrad|
|1982 Pennell Woodard||2005 Donna Steckino|
|1983 Ernest Cobb||2006 Ron Lebel|
|1984 Barbara Ring||2007 Sharon Millett|
|1985 Gerald LaPlante||2008 Dick Gleason|
|1986 Richard Kendall||2009 Tom Poulin|
|1987 R. Peter Whitmore||2010 Peter Garcia|
|1988 Jane P. Norris||2011 Jim Wellehan|
|1989 Eugene Keene||2012 Gary Hemenway|
|1990 Thomas N. Hackett||2013 Senator Olympia J. Snowe|
|1991 Stephen B. Austin||2014 Dan Campbell|
|1992 William Rogers||2015 Greg Whitney|
|1993 Harold Lucas||2016 Rachel A. Morin|
|1994 Tonie Ramsey||2017 Ken Blais|
|1995 Ralph Tuttle||2018 Allyson Casares|
|1996 Rachel Desgrosseilliers|
|1996 Bethel Shields|
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.
The reunion of past recipients was such a wonderful evening, we held another reunion in September 2017!