Bruce Richard has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the annual Harwinton Outstanding Citizen Award, which will be presented for the 43rd time at a banquet in his honor on Friday, April 21, at Fairview Farm Golf Course. Growing up in Harwinton, Bruce currently lives in the family home with his mother Eleanor. After living in various towns in his adult years, Bruce moved back to Harwinton in 2009. He is a graduate of Lewis Mills High School as member of the 1975 graduating class. He is currently the Head of Facility Maintenance for the James Morris Elementary School in Morris Connecticut.

Mr. Richard’s contributions to Harwinton began back in 1977 when he joined the West Side Volunteer Fire Department. During his five years there he organized and was the Chair of the annual Fireman’s Ball.

Mr. Richard has been a very active member of the Harwinton Agricultural Society since joining in 1995. From the early days of being assigned the task as a painter at the Fair Grounds to becoming its President for five years, Bruce now is the Superintendent of the Woman’s Skillet Toss; The Men’s Hay Bale Toss and the Friday Night Car Show at the annual Harwinton Fair.

Mr. Richard has been a very active member of the Bronc Callahan Community Fund for several years and still serves on its Board of Directors as an honorary member.

Mr. Richard served on Harwinton’s 275th Anniversary Committee in 2012.

Mr. Richard has been very active in the Lions Club and was recently awarded his 20 year pin. He also has been awarded the Knights Of The Blind Award and The Low Vision Centers Award. Mr. Richard is the current President of the Club.

Mr. Richard’s list of organizations that he has served the community on by being a volunteer also include time served with the T.A. Hungerford Memorial Museum Board of Directors; The South Cemetery Tour playing the role of the Graveyard Shift Worker; past President of the Litchfield County Council of Fairs and was the person behind the Draft Horse Dust Off and Tractor Pull events of a few years ago. He is also a Eucharistic Minister at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and a former Vice President of the Harwinton Historical Society.

When asked about being chosen as this year’s honoree, Mr. Richard commented, “I am very humbled, to be included in the list of Harwinton’s most notable volunteers, the people that I have looked up to for so long. It is simply a humbling experience.” “I am so honored.”

A rotating committee of Harwinton residents selects the recipient of the Harwinton Outstanding Citizen Award that honors volunteerism and community involvement. To be eligible for the award, a candidate must be a resident of Harwinton for a minimum of five years and must be actively engaged in the civic affairs of the town, whether elected, appointed, or voluntary. The 2017 committee consists of Brian Dunbar, Claire Ferrarotti, Willard Green as Chair, Roger Plaskett, Corinne Curtis and Colleen Slason.

Besides being honored at the banquet, Mr. Richard’s name will be engraved on a trophy bearing the names of past honorees, and a check from banquet proceeds will be presented to the charity of his choice.

For pictures taken at the awards banquet