Bob Breault is the 2013 recipient of the John E. & Ethel E. Riley Outstanding Citizenship Award. The Outstanding Citizen Award recognizes an outstanding citizen who has made significant contributions to the community to make life better for Auburn residents. Any Auburn resident can nominate someone for the annual award, but Breault had no idea he had been nominated, and still has no idea who submitted his name.
“I was very surprised when I got the call from the Town Clerk” said Breault. Perhaps he should not have been surprised.
Breault is a member of the Council on Aging and the Friends of the Auburn Senior Center. He volunteers for the Auburn Historical Society creating the signage for exhibits. He volunteers at the Lorraine Gleick Nordgren Senior Center five days a week, where he also helps prepare the Flagtown Flyer. In his free time, Breault volunteers at the concierge desk at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester.
Still, of receiving the Riley Award he says, “I am humbled. There are so many other volunteers who do more.”
The John E. & Ethel E. Riley Outstanding Citizenship Award was created in 1976 to honor the Riley’s for their contribution to serving and making life for Auburn Citizens better. John served as the Town Clerk from 1922 to 1952 and Ethel served as an Assistant for many years.
A fund was established with the Greater Worcester Community Foundation to endow the annual award. Interest earned on the invested funds each year is awarded The interest earned is given to the recipient chosen each year.
Nominations can be submitted by any Auburn resident. The Riley Award Committee reviews these nominations and selects each year’s recipient. The committee consists of the Town Clerk, Chair of the Selectmen, a Town Meeting Member chosen by the Moderator, an educator named by the School Committee, High School Senior class officers, the President of the Auburn Ecumenical Cluster, a News media person covering news in Auburn and a Citizen of Auburn named by the Selectmen, Master of the Masonic Lodge, Grand Knight of the Auburn K of C, Auburn/Webster Lodge of Elks and Commander of Chester P. Tuttle Post American Legion.
Breault and his wife, Carol, raised their three children in Spencer. Once their children had set out on their own, Bob and Carol bought a condo in Auburn. That was 22 years ago. Once Breault retired from a 44 year career with the Telegram and Gazette, he threw himself into the volunteer activities he so enjoys. Says Breault, “I’m retired and I’m doing what I love!’