Montgomery Serves Awards 2014
Congratulations to the winners of the Montgomery Serves Awards! It was an amazing night. See the Red Carpet video and pictures below from the event!
Thank you to Comcast for this Red Carpet video
Thank you to Charles F. Lee Photography for the event photos
Awards winners, along with
Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership award recipients, were honored on
MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014 AT IMAGINATION STAGE IN
BETHESDA AT 6:30 PM
These awards honor some of our County’s most outstanding community leaders and dedicated volunteers. “Montgomery County is the very special place it is today in large part because many extraordinary public citizens work every day to make it special,” Leggett said in encouraging residents to submit award nominations of individuals, businesses, and community groups. Scroll down to see winners in all categories below.
Click to see the Press Release and the Program. Click to see the surprise award for Public Citizen of the Year
Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award
The Roscoe R. Nix Distinguished Community Leadership Award will be presented by County Executive Ike Leggett to an individual or individuals who, over the course of their distinguished lives of community service, have made extraordinary contributions to the quality of our community at the very highest levels of excellence. First presented in 2012, the Nix award is the County’s equivalent of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the local version of the nation’s highest civilian award.
This prestigious award was established by the County Executive to honor community icon Roscoe Nix who gave a half century of service to Montgomery County. Mr. Nix served as President of the Montgomery County Branch of the NAACP, Member of the Montgomery County Board of Education, and in many other ways. Click here for a bio of Roscoe Nix.
Reverend Leon Grant
Reverend Leon Grant has led an exemplary life of faith and service. As the Senior Pastor of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Rockville, Maryland since 1987, Rev. Grant has reached beyond the walls of his church to serve the broader community. Mount Calvary, established in the Lincoln Park community in 1902, makes a positive impact on the residents of Rockville, Montgomery County, and the surrounding communities of the Washington region. Community services include day care for young children, tutoring for children K-12, health programs for all ages, a shelter for homeless women with young children, and housing for seniors and low-income families. The church collects and distributes clothing and back-to-school supplies and assists with food, rent, utilities, and emergency medical needs. Rev. Grant’s community leadership extends beyond the local church and community, including service on the Montgomery County Correctional Facility Community Advisory Committee, Member of NAACP Montgomery County Chapter, Field Education Supervisor at Wesley Theological Seminary, and Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Mental Health Association.
Dr. Michael Lin
Michael Lin represents the American ideal of the consummate professional who focuses his skills on serving the greater community good. A world class biomedical scientist, Dr. Lin has used his talents to empower underrepresented communities and help Montgomery County build one of America’s most welcoming communities. For more than two decades, Michael Lin has assumed various leadership roles within the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), including National Executive Director and National President. Most recently, Dr. Lin helped secure passage of Congressional resolutions acknowledging the injustice of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Laws. Locally, Michael Lin helped found the Asian American Political Alliance to encourage the Asian community to participate more fully in all aspects of civic life. He has also served as the chair of the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and as a member and chair of the Board of Trustees at the Montgomery College.
Nancy Scull has dedicated her life to the service of our neighbors in need. As a community volunteer and a public servant, Nancy Scull has been a stellar advocate and tireless worker for programs that promote family self-sufficiency and affordable housing. Nancy Scull began her professional career as a social worker in Montgomery County government in the 1970s. Since 1993, she has served as coordinator of the Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) at Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC). The Montgomery County FSS program has been recognized as a national model since its inception. As president of Bethesda HELP and Silver Spring HELP and a founding board member of Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen in Silver Spring, Ms. Scull’s three decades of community volunteer service have helped provide emergency assistance and meals to thousands of our most vulnerable individuals and families. Since the late 1990s, Ms Scull has served as a board member of the Bernie Scholarship Awards Program, providing college and vocational training funds for residents of assisted housing programs in Montgomery County.
Neal Potter Path of Achievement Awards
In partnership with the Montgomery County Commission on Aging and The Beacon Newspapers
The Neal Potter Path of Achievement Awards will honor two recipients 60 years of age or better whose accomplishments and lifelong commitment to volunteer service make them outstanding roles models for young and old alike. The name of the award honors former County Executive Neal Potter.
Click here for a bio of Neal Potter.
Joe Howard’s vision and steadfast work have crafted the environment of Montgomery County for over 50 years. Due to his efforts, Montgomery County Public Schools established an overnight environmental education program for all its sixth graders and built the Lathrop Smith Environmental Education Center. Joe worked on the original advisory board of the Montgomery County Conservation Corps serving as its Chair for 5 years. This program was set up to help youths who had dropped out of school or were searching for life direction find their calling by helping the environment. Soon after retirement in 1989, Joe began and still manages Montgomery County’s Champion Tree Program. The data collected by Joe and others through this program shaped the county’s groundbreaking Forest Conservation legislation. At 83 years old, Joe is still teaching future generations. He instituted Community Service Days by the Montgomery County Forestry Board (on which he’s served for 35 years) at the Audubon Naturalist Society, Rockville Cemetery, the Lathrop Smith Center, and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.
Mona is described as “the angel” for her 40 years of relentless work for those with no voice: refugees, the elderly, the low income ethnic minorities, and women from developing countries. One early volunteer experience began from her work with the Pump House community, seeing the need for outreach, education and community engagement to low income African Americans. She visited with neighbors, organizing and empowering them to stand together as one voice with city government. Mona also works with the Lutheran Church to provide new arrivals with information about food, jobs, housing, and services. She has developed a monthly program for older adults at the Muslim Community Center, recruiting 30 volunteers to assist with the friendly visitor program, organizing transportation needs, and managing events and speakers. Mona volunteers with The Senior Connection and was appointed by our County Executive to serve on Montgomery County’s Commission on Aging from 2009-2012. She is also a member of local interfaith groups and has greatly contributed to the interfaith dialogue that is taking place in Montgomery County.
|Thank you to Michael Bruen with the Public Information Office for creating the videos of the|
Neal Potter Path of Achievement Winners.
Montgomery Serves Award
These awards recognize those who have given extraordinary community service or volunteerism during 2013. The award is given in four categories. Nominees must either live, work, or serve in Montgomery County, service must have been performed outside the context of a nominee’s paid employment, and recognizes service, rather than philanthropy. Past winners are ineligible to win in the same category.
- Youth (individual youth 18 years and under and/or youth group
- Business (that engage their employees as community volunteers)
- Community Service – Individual
- Community Service – Group