Message From the Mayor

We could not have the great community we enjoy without the active participation from our volunteers.  Volunteers are essential to the success of the City of Grants Pass and we count on them to help guide our City.  We have always been sustained and strengthened by the willingness of our residents to work for the common good and plan for the future.  The hours and input our volunteers have given are greatly appreciated.  

I wish to recognize our volunteers and honor the service they have provided to our community, by hosting the 3rd Annual Mayor’s Volunteer dinner June 29, 2017.   I will be acknowledging the selfless commitment and efforts of those who volunteer on City committees, commissions, boards and taskforces.  I will also be presenting a Volunteer of the Year Award, Volunteer Group of the Year Award and the Mayor’s Future Citizen of the Year Scholarship Award.

Legacy - Caveman Kiwanis Legacy Award 2017
Caveman Kiwanis

Volunteer of the Year

This award is given to an individual for making a broad and substantial impact on our community. This award recognizes an individual’s leadership in promoting non-profit causes and organizations. The nominee’s activities should be centered in the Grants Pass area.

 Recognition will be given for leadership and performance for work above and beyond his/her paid profession. The nominee should have participated in a broad scope of activities. Applications will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Demonstrating exceptional commitment to volunteerism by helping with a special project or ongoing activities;
  • Demonstrating exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work in their service to others;
  • Demonstrating outstanding contribution to the community through their volunteer service.

The 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to James Lowe, 2016 Volunteer Group of the Year Award was presented to the Josephine Community Libraries, Inc., Samantha McLean was chosen for the Mayor’s 2016 Future Citizen of the Year Scholarship Award and the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety Auxiliary received the Legacy Award.

Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form

Volunteer of the year - Dick Matti Dick Matti
Volunteer of the Year 2017

Volunteer Group of the Year 

This award recognizes a community group that has made a significant contribution to the overall health and livability of the City of Grants Pass.  The winning group makes a significant impact by enabling and empowering individuals to improve their knowledge and skills toward greater quality of life; demonstrating exceptional commitment to volunteerism by:

  • Helping with a special project or ongoing activities;
  • Demonstrating exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work in their service to others;
  • Demonstrating outstanding contribution to the community through their volunteer service.

Volunteer Group of the Year Nomination Form

Volunteer Group of the Year - Rotary Club of Josephine County Rotary Clubs of Josephine County
Volunteer Group of the Year 2017

Mayor’s Future Citizen of the Year Scholarship Program

This program is designed to recognize, honor and encourage community contributions and excellence in the young people of Grants Pass. Students are judged on the following initiatives:

  • community,
  • leadership,
  • academic
  • career.

High school seniors are invited to participate in this program. Although considered, academics are secondary to the student’s involvement in serving the Grants Pass community. The City knows there are several ways in which youth are involved in improving both themselves and the City of Grants Pass. The Future Citizen will be acknowledged with the award of a $500 scholarship. 

Future Citizen of the Year Program and Application

I am excited about the 3rd Annual Mayor’s Volunteer dinner and the associated recognition of exceptional community spirit.  Please help me to spread the word.  Nomination forms are located on the City’s website or by contacting the City Recorder at 541.450.6010.  The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 3 pm.

Thank you,

Mayor Darin Fowler