Olney is such a special place because it is filled with so many people who care about Olney and are willing to “get involved” and give something back to the community, each in their own way.
Each year Greater Olney Civic Association (GOCA) says thank you to the many individuals, businesses, and other organizations that the community has identified as having made a notable contribution to the greater Olney community. GOCA seeks nominations from its members and from the community. A ballot is compiled and voted on by GOCA delegates. The awards are presented each year at a ceremony held the first Sunday of March.
Over the years, the categories for which awards are presented have changed some. The current categories of awards are:
Howard J. Garber Memorial Citizen of the Year Award
This award is named for a previous GOCA Vice President who exemplified the kind of participation in the community that results in a significant contribution this award recognizes. Among his many accomplishments during the few years he was involved with GOCA before his untimely death in 1989 was leading the effort to eliminate a dangerous s-curve on Georgia Avenue near Greenwood Park, north of Rte. 108.
Contribution to Community Award
This award is presented to individuals, groups, and businesses that have made noteworthy contributions to the quality of life in Olney.
Ron Berger Olney Heritage Award
This award recognizes significant contributions made during the early years of Olney’s growth from a small rural community or long-term contributions that have helped shape the development of Olney into the distinctive, satellite community and maintain the quality of life that makes Olney such a special place.
GOCA Worker of the Year Award
This award recognizes the outstanding work of a member of GOCA or a committee member on behalf of GOCA.
Special President’s Award
Each year, GOCA’s President acknowledges and expresses his personal thanks toan individual or group of his choice .