Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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May 16, 2013

A caring class

Rotary to fete 2013 citizens, educator of the year

They are a lawyer, accountant, teacher, businessmen, leaders in their religious communities, parents and more.

But the one thing they have in common is they are dedicated to making Andover a better plan to live, work and play.

The Rotary Club of Andover will crown its newest batch of Citizens Who Care as well as its annual Educator of the Year at a gala and dinner next week.

Organizers of the yearly event say volunteering is a way of life in the Andovers.

For the past 16 years, the local Rotary Club has made it a mission to recognize extraordinary volunteers who contribute beyond their normal job description as Citizens Who Care. Five years ago, the club expanded the event to include the naming of an Education of the Year.

Craig Saline of the Rotary said Citizens Who Care honorees must live or work in Andover or have some connection to the community and its betterment. They are primarily nominated by community members, with a Rotary committee charged with selecting the winners.

“They are individuals who through their volunteer work are impactful to the community,” he said.

The Educator of the Year, meanwhile, is typically nominated by the schools, either the staff, parent groups or students, and then chosen by a professional panel of educators assembled by the Rotary Club. This year, eighth-grade Doherty Middle School teacher Ken Matteucci earned the honor.

In addition to receiving a certificate, Saline said all honorees sit for a complimentary 20-by-30-inch portrait. The portraits are then displayed throughout the community at Town Hall local banks, schools and businesses for the coming year before being archived at the Andover Historical Society.

The gala takes place Thursday, May 23, at 6 p.m. at the Wyndham Andover Hotel. Phillips Academy Head of School John Palfrey will be the guest speaker. Tickets are $50. Visit www.rotaryandover.org for reservations or information.

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