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Why Let Time Have All the Fun? Who is Santee’s Person of the Year?

This poll is in two parts: Nominate your Person of the Year and we’ll have a runoff next month.

Nominations are in! Click here to vote for your favorite

On Dec. 14, Time magazine will announce its Person of the Year—which isn’t guaranteed to be an actual man or woman. But in the run-up, the magazine has invited votes on 40 candidates, including Barack Obama, Gabby Douglas and Kim Jong Un. Other options include The Mars Rover and the Higgs Boson Particle. But who cares about the same-old same-old?

Who is Santee’s Person of the Year—the man or woman who, in Timespeak, “most influenced the news this year for better or worse”?

We won’t preselect your picks. But the ones most often mentioned in the comments (and tell us why) will have a runoff at the end of December.

Kathy December 11, 2012 at 07:56 AM
I would like to nominate Betty Koeppen. Betty Koeppen has been a Volunteer with the Santee Sheriffs Department for over 10 years. Betty has also been in charge of a wonderful Program called "YANA" which stands for You Are Not Alone. This program is where the Santee Senior Volunteers make weekly visits to Seniors and Disabled Santee Residents who sign up with YANA, to make sure their environment is safe, and the resident is O.K. Betty schedules all of the Members to make sure no one is missed for their weekly visit. If it wasn't for the YANA Program, some of these Senior and Disabled Santee Residents would have no contact with the outside world as many have no family in the area. Betty goes a step above what is needed and ensures that each of these Members have a warm meal for every Holiday. Betty also organizes a little Christmas gift for each of Program Members. Of course the funds and gifts are donated by various businesses and churches, which she is so grateful for. Oh, did I mention that Betty is 83 years old herself. Betty says the most difficult part of this Volunteer position is when one of the YANA Member passes away. Betty treats each and everyone of them as Family and makes sure they feel special and needed. You may not be aware of the YANA Program and probably haven't even heard of Betty Koeppen but it is the quiet behind the scenes that really make a difference in our Senior and Disabled Community, here in Santee.
Mary December 11, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I second the nomination of Betty Koeppen. Our community needs more like her. No fanfare or recognition, just dedication. Thanks Betty.
Santee Health Network December 11, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I'll go along with Santee Santas. They seem like a great organization
Steven Bartholow December 18, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Betty is awesome! She was given the County’s Aging and Independence Services (AIS) “Volunteer of the Month” a while back- http://santee.patch.com/articles/santee-sheriffs-senior-volunteer-patrol-member-receives-volunteer-of-month-award
Steven Bartholow December 26, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Nominations are in! Vote for your favorite: http://santee.patch.com/articles/poll-who-is-santees-person-of-the-year-your-vote-helps-decide

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