2018 Citizen of the Year - Judy DiCarlo

Judy DiCarlo has been an active participant in many Community Volunteer Activities since moving here in 2005, including the Lighthouse, Garden Club and Code Enforcement Board.

At the Lighthouse she accumulated over 1,800 recorded volunteer hours in the nine years she served in various positions. Initially working with an artist and writer to produce the Lighthouse’s first Children’s Books: Nelly the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Cat and the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Coloring & Activity Book, she helped bring awareness of Lighthouse History to the minds of area youngsters. Through her suggestion, the Lighthouse began participating in Volusia County’s annual “Read Across America” event reading the Lighthouse Nelly Book to thousands of youngsters in local schools and ultimately bringing Nelly alive to younger audiences using a Nelly the Cat costumed character. Ms. DiCarlo served on the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Advisory Board, Executive Board and on the Budget Committee, ultimately serving as Lighthouse Treasurer for several years prior to her retirement in 2016.

Judy has been on the Town’s Code Enforcement Board since 2010 and has served in various ways as a member of the Garden Club since 2009 where she is presently Chairperson of Hospitality. She serves on the Scholarship Committee and helps raise money for the Club’s Scholarship Program by producing and selling bee products from her husband, Joe’s beekeeping hobby.

When there are events around town for children: Halloween, Christmas & Easter Parties, Ms. DiCarlo can be found helping. She also participates in Ponce Preserves the Planet, the Garden Club’s Arts & Crafts Fair & Ice Cream Social and acts as a Street Guard for the town’s annual Race Car Parade.

While enjoying being active in the community, Judy will continually tell you that she couldn’t accomplish half of what she does without the help from her husband and friends. With them, she is focused on bringing Volunteer Opportunity Awareness to those residents who don’t presently participate in an effort to engage them in the satisfying and rewarding activity of small-town Community Involvement.