The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 50th annual tribute to volunteerism and community spirit. The person selected will be only the third to earn what is now called the Joseph M. Plasko Memorial Citizenship Award. The award will be presented at the 63rd Annual Chamber/TIDE Dinner to be held Thursday, April 25, at the Masonic Lodge, SR54 in Hometown.

The award is open to all residents of the Tamaqua Area School District, 18 years of age or older. The recipient is selected on the basis of voluntary contributions to the civic advancement of Tamaqua and the well-being of its citizens. Any work for which the nominee was paid shall not be considered in the selection process. The award is not based solely on any subdivision of civic endeavor, such as religious, economic, or charitable activity, but on overall service on a variety of community efforts. The civic contributions of the nominee need not have occurred in the year of nomination.

The award is given to a person living at the time of the selection. If a nominee dies before the award, he or she will be considered for a special award.

The award is determined by a selection process which reviews nominations submitted by various fraternal, social, religious or civic organizations and individual residents of the area.