The Cohase Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winner of their Annual Citizen of the Year Award.

Rob Elder of Piermont, NH has been selected as the 2019 Citizen of the Year. The award will be presented at the Cohase Chamber Annual Meeting on Tuesday, January 21 at Alumni Hall in Haverhill Corner, New Hampshire. Both Chamber members and the general public are invited to attend and take part in the celebration.

Rob Elder is a former special educator and social worker who personifies volunteer spirit. His efforts have been the engine behind American Red Cross Blood Drives for 46 years in Bradford. He organizes multiple blood drives per year, the success of these drives being contributed to his dogged searching for donors. He volunteers with the Interchurch Council Food Shelf, distributing food as well as collecting additional food donations from community businesses, notably Hannaford Supermarket for distribution at the Food Shelf.

As the contact person for the Salvation Army community service program, he works to establish the need in the community, then coordinates and directs help. During the holidays, he can be found ringing the bell to collect donations to support the Salvation Army’s efforts. In addition, Rob volunteers time delivering meals for Horse Meadow Senior Center, is an active member of the Piermont Church, mentors area youth with The Mentoring Project of the Upper Valley and collects cans for redemption to help his granddaughter’s class fund their school trip to Washington D.C.

“Rob reaches individually and as a leader to those in the community most in need of assistance” said Larry Coffin, Bradford Resident “Rob doesn’t just drop off food to elders, he connects with them.”

Honorees will be presented their award at the Cohase Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Dinner on Tuesday, January 21 at Alumni Hall in Haverhill Corner, New Hampshire.  We invite Chamber members and the general public to attend and take part in the celebration. Tickets for this event are $25 each and available for purchase by visiting www.cohase.org/annual-meeting/ RSVPs must be received by January 14, 2020.