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Citizen awards nominations now open

Jim Brunson, publisher of the Progress Times, has announced that nominations are now open and will be accepted until 5 p.m., Sept. 21 for the annual citizen awards for Mr. Mission, First Lady of Mission, Man of the Year and Woman of the Year.

The annual awards will be presented at the Mission Chamber of Commerce banquet on Oct. 11 at Mario’s Banquet & Conference Center in Mission. This is the seventh year the citizen awards presentations are to be made at the chamber banquet. Previously, the Progress Times coordinated the annual Mission Awards Showcase banquet where the awards were presented annually.

"We are pleased to partner with the chamber on this event to honor Mission’s finest citizens who have done much to serve our community. The citizen awards give the community an opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of our leading citizens who have helped make Mission a stronger, more vibrant community," said Brunson.

Nominations may be submitted in person at the Progress Times office at 1217 N. Conway or by mail to Citizens Awards, c/o Progress Times, P.O. Box 399, Mission, Texas 78573. Nominations may also be submitted by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by fax to 956-585-2304.

Man and Woman of Year

Selection criteria for Man of the Year and Woman of the Year are as follows:

To be recognized for superior service either for a significant project or continuing broad service to the community in the past two to 10 years. This may be for work with one organization or for work in several different areas or organizations. The combined duration of service should span no less than two years.

May be for work in civic, church or community groups, if these labors have had significant impact on the citizens of Mission.

Must be a resident of Mission or work in Mission.

Service will be measured in terms of its impact on the entire community as a whole as well as to a particular organization.

Mr. Mission and First Lady

Selection criteria for Mr. Mission and First Lady of Mission are the following:

Must have provided long term service to Mission through a civic or church group or  endeavor, or through charitable or benevolent service to the community, or a combination of these factors.

Service most be ongoing and cover a minimum of 11 years.

Length of service, character and integrity will be among considerations.

Value of service to the community in general is the primary factor.

Must live, work or have significant business interests in Mission.

Nomination Procedure

Nominations must include the nominee’s name, address and phone number as well as the qualifications of the individual. Qualifications may include positions and offices held, number of years of service and a description of the service the individual has given. Also, list any honors the individual has received, whether civic, church, or professional. Include a description of what is particularly outstanding about this individual. Also, include the name and telephone number of the person submitting the nomination.

The selection criteria for the awards, a nomination form and a list of previous recipients are posted on the Progress Times website www.progresstimes.net. The nomination forms and criteria may also be picked up at the Progress Times office located at 1217 N. Conway, or to request forms to be faxed or emailed, call 956-585-4893. Emailed requests should be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Who Makes the Selections?

Honorees for the citizen awards are not chosen by the Progress Times nor the Mission Chamber of Commerce. Instead, citizen committees, composed of past recipients of each award, are appointed to review all nominations and make the final selections from those nominated. Any person who works or resides in Mission can submit a nomination.

Last year’s award recipients were Mary Alice Martin, First Lady of Mission; Ricardo Perez, Mr. Mission; Sister Nicolas Vincelli, Woman of the Year, and Julio Cerda, Man of the Year.

Tickets for the chamber banquet may be purchased at the Mission Chamber of Commerce, located at 202 W. Tom Landry.

Selection Criteria
Print Nomination Form
List of Past Recipients

Or Fill out a Nomination Form Online

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