“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
The February 21 Shady Cove City Council meeting celebrated those who are changing the world as Council handed out Student of the Month, Citizen of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards. Hurrah!
The students took center stage first, with Trystan Myers representing the grade school and Elyse Crowl, the middle school. Once again these awards renewed everyone’s faith in humanity. Many in the large crowd gathered at the Upper Rogue Community Center had come to see the “grown-ups” receive awards, but all were awed by the younger recipients. Both students excel academically and are role models for their peers. Myers favors reading while Crowl loves social science.
Following a few brief but necessary new business items the lauds and awards for the citizens began. Citizen of the year nominees included; Phillip Keith, Ed Mayer, Pat Keene, Sandy Kruger and Teddy Pollar. Mayor Ron Holthusen introduced each of these stellar philanthropists, touting their innumerable contributions to the community. Keith and Keene each served on the Water Task Force and each volunteers for the Fire District 4 Support Group as well as other groups. Mayer and Kruger both dedicate some of their volunteer hours to the Community Center’s Youth Group, and as with each of the nominees also have a laundry list of other charitable endeavors. At 92 Pollar has the most volunteer hours under her belt, with an emphasis on feeding those in need. Mayer was the 2012 recipient of the award.
Closing the inspiring evening was the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Alma Spicer. The Mayor easily could have spent hours lauding Spicer’s praises, but as Spicer is still fresh from a recent hospital stay (though you’d never know it by her glowing appearance!) comments were kept as brief as can be when retelling such a history of dedication to not only the city, but the entire Upper Rogue region.
Congratulations to all those honored! As a final note, four members of the newly formed Parks Committee were appointed, one more member is needed. You may join the ranks of the city’s volunteers by applying at City Hall for the vacancy – this could be your chance to change the world!