"This year's Citizen of the Year is very deserving of this award. When the votes were tallied they had won this award overwhelmingly. Some of the comments from the ballots are incorporated into the following acronym for the word Claremont. People from the community shared:
C is for their community involvement
L is for their long history of service to the people of Claremont
A is that they are always willing to volunteer whenever there is a need
R is because they are a respectable local business owner
E is because they are excellent examples of enthusiastic citizens giving unselfishly of their talents, time and energies to help the people of Claremont
M is they are active members of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce
O is for the outstanding way they stepped up this year to organize and orchestrate community activities like Hogfest, the Claremont Community Picnic, Boyd Winslow Benefit, and the Chamber Christmas party.
N is for the fact that they are just plain nice, positive, and upbeat.
T is for their total dedication to saving lives as they respond to fire and rescue calls as a member of the Claremont fire department and first responders."
On Friday, August 2, Dean Schuette gave a presentation declaring Dave and Romell Matejcek as the 2013 Claremont Citizens of the year. They have a long history of being a part of the community and very involved as volunteers. They are members of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce and work to save lives as members of the Claremont Fire Department and First Responders. They also helped to organize several Claremont events and serve on the Dodge County Expo committee representing Claremont.
"It is a really good feeling to be respected like this in your community," Romell said in an email on Monday. "We are really proud of the community we live in and we want our children to grow up here because it is a great community. It's nice to have your name put on a plaque with all the other citizens of the year - they are what has made this community and you know that they put a lot of time and effort into it. We love to help out. If you do not have volunteers in your community things would not get done. Thank you to everyone."
At right is the presentation given by Dean Schuette.