Rosslyn Kleeman Keeper of the Flame Award

The “Keeper of the Flame” Award was established in 2000 as a regular special recognition award for “an individual who has continued to provide public service after their official retirement from the profession.” In establishing the new award, the National Public Service Award (NPSA) Executive Committee recognized that many individuals retire from their career positions and continue to serve the public in other volunteer or paid positions. Often, these active retirees become very directly involved in their local community, working with civic or non-profit organizations.

In 2003, this award was renamed the Rosslyn S. Kleeman Keeper of the Flame Award, in honor of the woman who chaired the NPSA Selection Committee for many years. Roz Kleeman exemplifies the concept of continuing to serve after her official “retirement.”

Nominations for the Keeper of the Flame Award follow the timeline and other requirements of the The National Public Service Awards. Learn more about: