"I feel very humbled to be chosen for this honor. There are a lot of deserving people," Sue Carnahan said Tuesday. The Tama Firefighters Association named her on May 3 as the 2013 Tama Citizen of the Year from nominations received for the annual recognition.
Carnahan became the 34th person selected who has contributed to the city through volunteer efforts.
The award was first given in 1982.
"I was very surprised," she said when first informed of her selection. "In fact, when I opened my door to three firemen, I thought I was in trouble for something. I never imagined it."
Some of Carnahan's hard work in serving the Tama community has been showcased each year over the past 10 as she has served on the Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival Committee.
She has chaired the event for the past six years and will be right at home on Friday night, May 18, when the firefighters formally recognize her in a 7 p.m. ceremony in the Fire Station at the Tama Civic Center. A reception follows in the Civic Center Auditorium for Carnahan and a group of firefighters being recognized for years of service to the department.
Carnahan said she was told when she first came to work at Lincoln Savings Bank 10 years ago she "would be on the Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival Committee."
She said her duties were first to arrange for contestants for the Bill Riley Talent Show. This evolved into lining up more entertainment.
Then, she became the festival chair and oversees most of the event., Among her duties in addition to arranging entertainment and activities is organizing volunteers to help and making sure publicity is provided.
In addition to the Festival, Carnahan has served the community in many other roles.
She is past president of the Toledo-Tama Kiwanis, a board member of South Tama Dollars for Scholars, finance chair for Living Faith United Methodist Church and a board member for the Tama County Community Foundation Committee. She is also a member of the South Tama Elementary Boosters, Activity Boosters and Music Boosters.
Carnahan is a vice president of Lincoln Savings Bank and is branch manager for the Tama location.
A native of Dike, she is a graduate of North Iowa Area Community college, Mason City, and Upper Iowa University with degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Business and Marketing.
She and her husband Mike, South Tama schools band director, have been married for 11 years. They a daughter Emily who attends STC kindergarten.
When not busy with work, civic and family commitments, Sue enjoys gardening, cooking and admits to a rubber stamping hobby.
Tama Citizens of the Year
Selected from nominations by the Tama Firefighters Association
1982- Victor Varnum; 1983- George Novotny; 1984- Maxine Brandon; 1985- Dr. A. J. Havlik; 1986- Marie Vileta; 1987- Anna Rose Blair; 1988- Ben Jones; 1989- Bess Ingles.
And, 1990- Inez Novotny; 1991- Ron Cory; 1992- Bob Thomas; 1993- Leonard Taylor; 1994- Roger Hill; 1995- Rose McNamee; 1996- Ed Draisey; 1997- Mike Haughey; 1998- Virginia Allen; 1999- Don Wacha.
Also, 2000- Darla Cory; 2001- Bob and Laura Etta Metz; 2002- Dave Nitz; 2003- Ed Hardon, 2004- Ernie Buresh; 2005- Robert W. Harrison; 2006- Pat Downs; 2007- Hans Moeller; 2008- Bill Smith; 2009- Jake Jacobson; 2010- Joe Waterbury; 2011- Patti Youngman; 2012- Cliff Havens; 2013- Sue Carnahan.