BANGOR, Maine — The Katahdin Area Council will hold its 16th annual Distinguished Citizen Award dinner to honor Nelson and Carla Durgin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Bangor Civic Center. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

Nelson Durgin has worn many hats in the community and the nation. After graduating from Portland University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he enlisted in the Maine Air National Guard. He was commissioned second lieutenant. He is a graduate in residence of the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College. He has held numerous positions with the Maine Air National Guard, including that of major general.

After his retirement from the military, he became executive director and administrator of the Phillips-Strickland House in Bangor. He has led the board of directors of several area organizations including the Katahdin Area Council Boy Scouts of America, Penobscot County Triad, Community Health and Counseling Center, The Multiple Handicapped Center (Amicus) and the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.

He was elected to the Bangor City Council in November 2010 where he serves as chairman of the finance committee, and on the business and economic development committee.

Carla Durgin graduated from Gorham State Teacher’s College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She taught first grade at the Peirce School in Belfast until the birth of her first child.

She helped organize the Belfast Jaycee Wives Club, was named Outstanding Jaycee Wife and served as club president.

In Bangor, Carla Durgin was elected civic chairwoman of the Bangor Jaycee Wives and coordinated a fundraising effort to benefit the Bangor State Hospital. She volunteered in the Bangor schools when her children were growing up.

While Nelson Durgin attended the United States Air Force Command in Alabama, Carla Durgin became active in a military wives group. She is also a vital part of her church where she has served as Sunday school superintendent and helped with the stewardship program.

Tickets are $165 per person and available by calling Marshall Steinmann at 866-2241.