Our View: Great people make a great community

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The thing about a good community is it takes lots of good people. Auburn has no shortage of great people who serve this city. It is rich with volunteers, nonprofits and community service organizations.
While there are so many, there is always room for more to join the ranks.
For those who have, take a bow and thank you. We notice, your friends and family notice, and those you serve are so very grateful. Your efforts are what makes the Auburn area a rich, great community.
Each year we give a shout-out to a special community service person. The Auburn Journal seeks out a someone who rises above, not working for attention, but for the people and causes they help. It’s known as the McCann award and this will be the 39th year the Journal has awarded a noteworthy, unsung hero.
The award was named in honor of longtime Auburn Journal employee Vernon Gould McCann. The former business manager for the Journal was known to roll up his sleeves and get jobs done. He helped bring the Gold Country Fair to Auburn, served 50 years as volunteer for the Auburn Fire Department, would hand deliver the Journal to subscribers who were hospitalized, and during World War II, he made sure every service member from Auburn received a copy of the paper.
In 1978 McCann died, but his legacy forges on.
We are looking to recognize a very special community member for the McCann award, but we need your help. Do you know someone who works behind the scenes and makes Auburn just that much nicer each day? How about someone who cares so much that they would rather be helping others? Is there someone you know who has sacrificed so much their time and energy to make a big difference?
Send your suggestions in by Aug. 7 to or Auburn Journal McCann Award, 1030 High Street, Auburn, CA 95603. Include their name and a short reason why they should be this year’s recipient. 
The winner will then be decided by a panel of Journal employees and veteran McCann Award winners and formally recognized Sept. 7 at the State of the Community Dinner.
As we continue the tradition of the McCann award, we hope it inspires future candidates making our Auburn community that much better.