The Key Peninsula Lions Club-sponsored 31st annual Citizens of the Year Awards dinner Saturday night culminated with the announcement of Jud Morris being selected by the Lions in a secret ballot as the 31st recipient of the award.
Traditionally, the most vociferous applause at the announcement came from the other 26 nominees for the honor among more than 200 who enjoyed the evening.
Beyond his paid work, Morris devotes hours behind the scenes supporting youth, families, education and services improving KP's quality of life. He has been president, program chair and other leadership roles with the KP Business Association; been on the KP Civic Center Board eight years; a leading volunteer at on the Keyfest KP Community Fair Board for six years; on the Peninsula Schools Education Foundation Board two years and is its vice president; on the GH/KP Suicide Prevention Coalition two years; PSD Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying Task Force for two years; and serves with the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation, Health Department Policy Advisory Board, is a Key Free Clinic Board member; and serves on the KP Partnership Coalition.
"And," noted CoY co-chair George Robison, "like me, doesn't even live on the Key."
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Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Linquist, the evening’s keynote speaker, extolled the virtues of volunteerism, noting that his office would be unable to cope with its tasks without the assistance of its many volunteers. Before his talk, to establish an orderly manner in which tables of diners went to the buffet line, each table was encouraged to contribute dollars in envelopes on each table, the highest bidders gaining first access to the dinner prepared by chef Borne Webster. The more than $1,000 contributed to this "orderly solution" were given to support the activities of the Key Free Clinic. Food was served and tables bussed by a team of Peninsula High School juniors: Mackenzie Mills, Kasey Davis, Derek Erikson, George Clark, Kaytlyn Johnson, Jacob Conn, Teagan Horkan, Zach Winter, Gol-Dann Slater and Max Mikelson. To everyone's delight, music was provided by the trio 302. A large number of prizes were awarded via the raffle process thanks to contributions by local businesses.
Many a participant declared, "This was the best CoY ever!"