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Worcester Research Bureau Seeking Public Service Award Nominations

Friday, November 22, 2013


The Worcester Regional Research Bureau is calling for nominations for unsung public service heroes worthy of recognition.

Do you know a municipal employee deserving of thanks -- and special recognition?

The Worcester Regional Research Board is calling for nominations for its prestigious Thomas S. Green Public Service Award.

The recognition honors municipal employees who have displayed an "exceptional competence and efficient handling of all assigned responsibilities, a willingness to perform tasks above and beyond the call of duty, have a friendly, helpful and cooperative attitude toward the public and fellow employees, and volunteer community service outside the scope of job-related responsibilities (which is listed as important but not required). "

"We give this to the unsung heroes -- below senior management level, working day in, day out at their jobs, doing a credible and above and beyond call of duty work, the kind of people who are rarely recognized," said Research Bureau President and CEO Roberta Schaefer.  "We know that without those people, those services aren't provided."

See a list of previous award recipients HERE.

Nominations Due November 26

The Research Bureau encourages municipal employees, Research Bureau directors, former Award recipients, and the public at-large to submit nominations to the Bureau by November 26, 2013. Candidates who were nominated in previous years and did not receive the award.

Award winners will be publicly recognized at a ceremony on Assumption College on Wednesday March 26, 2014 at 5 p.m. followed by reception at 6 p.m. at the college for the winners and their families, friends, and fellow employees.

Click here to download the nomination form.

For more information contact Roberta Schaefer at 508-799-7169.

Honoring Thomas Green 

The Reseach Bureau has the following about Green on its website:

The Research Bureau's annual awards to outstanding City employees are appropriately named in memory of Thomas S. Green who for many years until his death in 1987 personified integrity, exceptional leadership, and remarkable commitment to voluntary public service on behalf of the City of Worcester.

Before joining Norton Company (now Saint-Gobain) in 1947 where he became Vice President, he earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration and worked for the Federal government as a regional coordinator of its housing program.

Although he held many important executive positions in Norton Company, both in this country and abroad, Tom Green had an abiding interest in Worcester's City government, During the course of his distinguished career, he served as a member of the City Civic Center Commission, as a Director of the Worcester Public Library, and as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Worcester Selective Service Board. The list of the City's civic and charitable organizations in which he actively participated is too long to enumerate, but it includes service as President of the Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce, the Citizens' Plan E Association, the Social Service Planning Corporation, and the Worcester Historical Museum. Most appropriately, Tom Green was a founder and a very supportive Director of The Research Bureau.

Just as the recipients of the Thomas S. Green Awards serve as role mode is for City employees, Tom Green served as a role model of good citizenship for all of us.









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