The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Stephan A. Morse of Newfane has been selected as the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. Morse will be honored with a roast-and-toast banquet on October 28, 2004 at the Woodstock Inn & Resort.The prestigious Vermont Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award focuses on community service, and going above and beyond the call of duty. Presented annually for more than four decades, the Citizen of the Year award honors the person who contributes to Vermont on a statewide basis through service, self-sacrifice, and volunteerism.Morse is known for his dedication to Vermont communities and our citizens through both his career and volunteer efforts. A native Vermonter and former Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives, Morse is currently the President and CEO of the Windham Foundation, Inc., in Grafton.In addition to overseeing the operations of the foundation and its for-profit subsidiaries, Morse executes the popular, decade-old Grafton Conference program, which provides a forum for state leaders to convene and discuss topics and issues of statewide impact. To date, more than 25 conferences have been held on a variety of Vermont social policy issues.Morses public contributions extend far past his responsibilities at the Windham Foundation and the boundaries of Windham County. Throughout his career, he has contributed countless hours to more than 10 boards, committees and commissions, including the Brattleboro Retreat and the Snelling Center for Government. Most recently, Morse agreed to chair Coalition 21: Transforming Health Care for the New Century, a task force dedicated to transforming the states health care system.Stephan Morse is a very deserving recipient of this award, stated Vermont Chamber President Duane Marsh. He has displayed his dedication to the state, not only through his career at the Windham Foundation, but more importantly, by continually serving as a devoted citizen in the interest of Vermonts welfare.I am honored to be the recipient, Morse said of the award. Vermont is a great place to live and work because so many of us dedicate ourselves to helping others. I view this award as recognition that this philosophy remains alive and well in Vermont.The Citizen of the Year Award dates back to 1964. Recent recipients include David R. Coates (2003), the Honorable Barbara Snelling (2002), Diane P. Mueller (2001), and Francis G.W. Voigt (2000). For more information on attending the banquet, please contact Erin Hitchcock ([email protected](link sends e-mail), 802-223-3443).