The First Annual "Montgomery Serves Awards" | Community Spirit
The following information was sent to us by Donna Bigler:
The inaugural Montgomery Serves Awards ceremony will take place the evening of Monday, April 30, 2012 at 6:30 pm at Imagination Stage in Bethesda. This event will honor some of our County’s extraordinary volunteers.
President Kennedy, in paying tribute to Robert Frost, noted said that a nation reveals itself not only in the people it produces but also by the people it honors, and the people it remembers. The inaugural awards will honor eight individuals, who have been community builders, change agents, and role models for future generations.
At the April 30th event, three types of awards will be presented: The Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Awards, the Neal Potter Path of Achievement Awards, and the Montgomery Serves Community Service Awards.
County Executive Ike Leggett will present the first “Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Awards” at the April 30th awards ceremony. This prestigious honor was established by the County Executive to honor Roscoe Nix, who died earlier this year, after a half-century of service to our County. He was President of the Montgomery County Branch of the NAACP and an elected member of our Board of Education. The new Nix award is intended to be the County’s equivalent of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian award.
In addition to Mr. Nix, this year’s inaugural recipients are Connie Morella and Chuck Lyons.
Connie Morella epitomizes our ideal of an American political leader. She represented Montgomery County for eight years in the Maryland General Assembly and the state for 16 years in the United States House of Representatives before being appointed by President George W. Bush as Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Ambassador Morella was a founding member and later president of the Montgomery County Commission for Women. During her eight terms as a Member of Congress, she was one of the nation’s leading advocates for women, children, and families and a great supporter of biotechnology and advanced scientific research. A member of the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame, she received the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights“ for selfless and devoted service in the cause of equality.”
Chuck Lyons has been the exemplar of corporate social responsibility in Montgomery County. A role model of a successful business executive who serves the broader community, Mr. Lyons joined The Washington Post Company in 1993 as president and publisher of The Gazette and became CEO of Post-Newsweek Media. During his tenure, The Gazette and P-NM newspapers received 21 awards for General Excellence from the Suburban Newspapers of America (SNA).
In 1997, Mr. Lyons chaired Montgomery’s Promise to its Children and Youth garnering 700 promises from business, government, and community organizations. To set an example, The Gazette created a mentoring project at a local elementary school and Mr. Lyons was among the most faithful mentors. He helped establish an annual breakfast for Interfaith Works and has emceed the event for 14 of its 15 years, immeasurably adding to the capacity of this organization to support our neighbors most in need. Mr. Lyons joined the board of Strathmore in 1994 when it was but a mansion on a hill with a six figure annual budget. The fact that The Music Center at Strathmore is now one of the world’s great concert halls is significantly the result of the skill and tenacity of Mr. Lyons.
The Montgomery Serves Awards are being hosted by the Fund for Montgomery (FFM), the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) and the Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC). FFM was created by Leggett and the Office of Community Partnerships to raise private funding to continue important community building events including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Celebration; World of Montgomery Festival; Community Service Day, and ethnic heritage events. The Fund for Montgomery is housed at The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, a regional affiliate of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.
For information about the awards event on April 30th, please visit
http://www.montgomeryserves.org/montgomery-serves-awards or call the Volunteer Center at 240-777-2600.