This time honored tradition began in 1950. Since then, the First Citizen of Virginia Beach Award has been presented annually to an outstanding individual who best embodies the Jaycee Creed. Recipients exemplify the spirit of citizenship and leadership through their time, talents and efforts towards the betterment of Virginia Beach.
The 2014 Virginia Beach First Citizen, State Secretary of Transportation, Aubrey L. Layne, Jr. was honored on June 4, at the Oceanfront Hilton, surrounded by family, friends and citizens of a grateful city.
Layne was selected for his impactful work bettering Virginia Beach. Layne is originally from Newport News where he became involved with An Achievable Dream Academy. Layne moved to Virginia Beach 35 years ago. Since then, he has led the effort to bring the program, which partners schools and businesses in providing alternative learning for disadvantaged students, to Seatack Elementary School.
Professionally, Aubrey Layne drove the campaign to bring light rail to the City of Virginia Beach. As the State Secretary of Transportation, he oversees seven agencies with more than 10,000 employees and combined budgets of more than $5 billion.
During the ceremony, Layne stated, “God, my family and friends, and my country have made me who I am.”
Both the Honorable Governor Terry McAuliffe and Mayor Will Sessoms praised Layne for his continued dedication to the community of Virginia Beach.
The Virginia Beach Jaycees are grateful for Layne’s service to humanity and honored to name him the 2014 First Citizen of Virginia Beach.
Former Recipients of the First Citizen Award Include:
1950 – James Kontopanos 1982 – Dr. Edward Brickell
1951 – E.B. Bayne 1983 – Aaron A. Parsons
1952 – J. Peter Holland, III 1984 – Alfred “Skip” Wilkins, Jr.
1953 – Woody Seamans 1985 – James N. Fletcher
1954 – Mrs. Gilmore Tilbrook 1986 – B.H. “Pat” Bridges, Jr.
1955 – Dr. Robert Woodhouse 1987 – E.T. “Joe” Buchanan, III
1956 – R. Lee Page 1988 – Harold Heischober
1957 – Sidney S. Kellam 1989 – Thomas A. Barton, Jr.
1958 – Rhae W. Adams 1990 – Andrew S. Fine
1959 – Frank Tarrall, Jr. 1991 – Rev. John H. Jordan, Jr.
1960 – Louise Brown Wilson 1992 – Priscilla M. Beede
1961 – George D. Brooke 1993 – Heather Tace
1962 – Claiborne Bryant 1994 – Michael J. Barrett
1963 – Richard Absalom 1995 – Elizabeth “Betty” Busciglio
1964 – Hugh Lynn Cayce 1996 – Edward B. Snyder
1965 – Frank W. Cox 1997 – Frank Drew
1966 – Dr. Waller Taylor 1998 – Michael Katsias
1967 – Mrs. Wallace Clark 1999 – Dorothy Wood
1968 – Hunter C. Phelan 2000 – Nancy A. Creech
1969 – Ragan Bradshaw Pulley 2001 – Thomas C. Broyles
1970 – Mrs. Phillip Lee Russo 2002 – Owen B. Pickett
1971 – James P. Sadler 2003 – Harry T. Lester
1972 – Algy W. Cohen 2004 – Thomas R. Frantz
1973 – Mable Owen 2005 – William D. Sessoms, Jr.
1974 – John T. Banks, Jr. 2006 – John F. Malbon
1975 – Mary Ellen Cox 2007 – Linwood O. Branch, III
1976 – Robert M. Stanton 2008 – Macon F. Brock
1977 – Charles Forbes 2009 – Helen Dragas
1978 – Judge Robert Wahab, Jr. 2010 – Pearl Smith
1979 – Eileen Ayvazian 2011 – Charles Barker
1980 – Walter Noona 2012 – Bruce Thompson
1981 – Michael Savvides 2013 – Ramon W. Breeden, Jr.
2014 – Aubrey Lane, Jr.
Nominations for the First Citizen Award should be submitted to:
Attn: First Citizen
1112 Jensen Drive, Suite 103
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Requirements for the 2015 Virginia Beach First Citizen Nomination must include:
- Contact Information for your nominee and for yourself (both work and personal)
- Description of the nominee; including but not limited to career, charitable activities and biography
- Exceptional Achievements/Contributions the nominee has accomplished on a local, state and national level
- Honors/Awards the nominee has received that demonstrate their commitment to the Jaycee Creed and the city of Virginia Beach
- Personal Statement as to why this individual should be selected as First Citizen of Virginia Beach
- Detail How the Nominee Excels in at Least Three (3) of the Following Areas:
Service to Humanity * Personal Accomplishments and Improvement * Contributions to the Betterment of the Virginia Beach Community and Current Social Issues * Volunteer Service and Philanthropic Contributions * Legal Reform * Scientific/Technological Community Contributions * Cultural Achievements * Academic Leadership * Moral or Religious Leadership * Influence and Participation in Public Initiatives * Any additional area of significant contribution
- Letters of Endorsement and Support: A minimum of five (5) and a MAXIMUM of one hundred (100) letters should be included in the nomination package (may be from colleagues, family, supporters and community leaders)
Once your nomination packet is received, a panel of five undisclosed Virginia Beach citizens will serve as judges for the First Citizen of Virginia Beach Award. Judges review the nominations submitted and give particular consideration to each nominee’s record of adherence to the principles embodied in the Unites States Jaycee Creed.
Every year, the winning nominee is honored with the award at the First Citizen Dinner and presented with the First Citizen Medal. The First Citizen’s portrait is displayed at Virginia Beach City Hall and the Fist Citizen is recognized in the Neptune Festival Grand Parade. Profit from the First Citizen dinner is donated to VB Jaycees Charities and utilized in charitable projects in the local community.