“The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
– Mohandas Gandhi
The spirit of service is the spirit of caring.
The 2012 Service To Beaverton Awards were handed out at a noon luncheon where the nominees rubbed elbows with city of Beaverton’s leaders. The event honors those outstanding young people, educators, NAC members, service organizations, businesses, and individuals who have gone above and beyond for this suburban community of greater Portland.
Because today was a celebration of the nominees efforts, I’ll let the winners’ achievements speak for themselves. (More info can be found at this link)
- Emerging Leader, Lydia Terjeson – Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board, Girl Scout Gold Award, Peer Leader for school’s Breaking Down the Walls Program, over 530 hours of community service in 3 years of high school.
- Educator/Teacher of the Year, David Slater - 16-year Beaverton teacher, 3 books, estimated to have spoken to over 20K Beaverton students about the power of writing. Most importantly, teaches by listening.
- Neighborhood Association Committee (NAC), Bill Wood - West Beaverton NAC, multiple offices, established the Chehalem Elementary School Pages as Pillars Program and funding.
- Service Organization, Catlyst Partnerships - Grass-roots non-profit, coordinates volunteer efforts to restore properties of elderly, disabled and under-resourced Beaverton homeowners, created “Safe Haven Home” a renovated home to become domestic violence resource center.
- Business, Ava Roasteria - Restored run-down gas station into an eco-friendly 24-hour coffee house and community gathering spot, donates all left over pastries to food banks and shelters, heavily supports Knight Cancer Center in Beaverton
- Individual, Bev Ecker - Vice President of the Beaverton Historical Society, painted mural on the new Beaverton History Center, spear-headed “Safe Haven Home”.
To be in the company of so many people dedicated to the concept of service was invigorating. To be surrounded by a room full of citizens striving to make this city better was intoxicating. And to shake hands and talk with Mayor Doyle, and to listen to him extoll the virtues of service was enlivening.
In spite of all that though, the best words spoken were delivered by the father of Bev Ecker, winner of the individual category, who accepted the award on her behalf. He exclaimed with shout,
“Isn’t it great to live in a community where we care about one another?!”
Yes, it is.
Yesterday’s gift of time … Cheered on the citizens of Beaverton who are going above and beyond for their community.