The 2013 â€śCitizen of the Yearâ€ť title was awarded to a local woman for her many demonstrations of leadership throughout the community, including the generous act of donating a vital organ to someone in need.
Joyce Borgert was presented as â€śCitizen of the Yearâ€ť during Thursdayâ€™s Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Community Awards banquet.Â
Friend and kidney recipient Steve Archer said Borgertâ€™s first reaction to his need for a kidney transplant was to ask â€śwhat do you have to do to be a donor?â€ť
â€śSheâ€™s really a giving person,â€ť Archer said. â€śThere was never any hesitation.â€ť
Archer was on dialysis waiting for a donor, and he said Borgertâ€™s offer to donate a kidney was â€ślife-changing.â€ť
â€śI was living off machines,â€ť Archer said. â€śI would have died. Now I can live a normal life.â€ťÂ
Borgert was named 2013 Citizen of the Year for her dedication and leadershipin many aspects of the community.
â€śShe was always promoting and helping children with mental and developmental disabilities,â€ť incoming Chamber President Josh Little said while presenting Borgert with the award.Â
For more information about the Citizen of the Year and other award winners, see the Friday, Nov. 15 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.