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Mayor McCaslin announced the 3rd Quarter 2013 Outstanding Citizen Award winners.

Posted: October 23 2013

The 3rd quarter winners are: Kathy Breed, Jack Dinkel and Bentonville/Bella Vista Daybreak Rotary Club. 

The City received two nominations, and several letters of support for Ms. Kathy Breed.  Kathy worked tirelessly to promote citizens within our community to register to vote leading up to the recent millage campaign.  She has also volunteered with several non-profit organizations in the community, including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Amazeum.  Additionally, she has obtained hundreds of books which have been donated to several schools in the community, both public and private.  Kathy is  an involved member of her church, dedicating much of her time to the Children’s programs.  A fellow member described Kathy as a “behind the scenes person”, who does not want recognition, but is very deserving of it.  Dana Davis, CEO and President of the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce wrote this about Kathy, “Kathy is a quiet leader, a person always willing to step in with a good idea, while also being the person with ’boots on the ground’”. Nominator Amanda Kelly Musick added these remarks, “Kathy’s example of defining citizenship within our community is multi-faceted and incredibly impressive.  Her selfless support of our community, charitable organizations, and schools is unrivaled.” 

Jack Dinkel was nominated by John Whiting of the Benton County Senior Wellness Center.  Mr. Dinkel has been a faithful volunteer for the Benton County Meals on Wheels program every Tuesday and Thursday for over 6 years.  He has packed and made over 200 meals a week for that program.  Mr. Whiting hopes that others will follow Jack’s example.  Jennifer Dunham of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art says “Wednesday mornings at Crystal Bridges would not be the same without Jack Dinkel.”  He has become a fixture at the Museum.  Jack signed on to volunteer at the Museum in 2011 before construction was complete.  To date, he has logged over 260 hours of service at the Museum. 

Ed Wheeler nominated the Bentonville/Bella Vista Daybreak Rotary Club for their flag project.  The Club started and developed a growing “Residential American Flag Display program” that has evolved over a 10 year period.  The subscription program has resulted in over 500 American flags being displayed during national holidays beautifying neighborhoods and showing the patriotism of residents.  The continued growth of this program serves as a reminder of the patriotic spirit of Bentonville residents.  The Club’s 35 members are responsible for executing this program beginning at the break of dawn, and retiring the colors before sunset.  Much of the revenue generated by this program is returned to the community by funding college and vocational scholarships as well as youth leadership camps for High School juniors.   

The Outstanding Citizen Award program was initiated in January 2011 to recognize the exceptional volunteer contributions of Bentonville residents.  There are three award categories: adult, youth and community group.  Fourth quarter nominations will be accepted until December 20, 2013.  To obtain a nomination form and additional information, please visit the City’s website at www.bentonvillear.com.