2016 First Citizen Event

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2016 First Citizen Event

May 4, 2017


Please join us for this special event honoring Daniel N. Ryan, Sr.
the Virginia Beach Jaycees 2016 First Citizen Honoree


 If you have any questions please email: vbjcfirstcitizen@gmail.com

Each year since 1950, the Virginia Beach Jaycees have been recognizing citizens over 40 who have made outstanding contributions to the welfare of the city with its “First Citizen” Award. This annual award is presented to an exceptional individual who best embodies the United States Jaycee Creed:

That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life; That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations; That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise; That Government should be of laws rather than of men; That earth’s great treasure lies in human personality; And that service to humanity is the best work of life! 

Every year, the winning nominee is honored with the First Citizen Award at the First Citizen Gala and presented with the First Citizen Medal. The First Citizen’s portrait is displayed outside the Mayor’s office and City Council’s chambers at City Hall.  The First Citizen is also recognized in the Neptune Festival Grand Parade. Profit from the First Citizen dinner is donated to the VB Jaycees Charities and utilized in charitable projects that benefit the local community.

  • Click here for a recap of the 2015 First Citizen Winner and check out the photo gallery
  • Click here for a recap of the 2014 First Citizen Winner and check out the photo gallery


May 4, 2017


Virginia Beach Jaycees