Monday, July 6, 2009
My mom is Citizen of the Year!
From the local newspaper:
Actively involved since 1997 with the library’s development, Nancy currently serves on the library’s Board of Directors. In addition to previously serving as the Board’s president, in 2001 she founded the UP Book Bank, which evolved into the UPPL.
A resident of University Park for nearly 40 years, Nancy has also served as president of the Highland Park High School PTA, the Junior League Sustainers, the Junior League Garden Club Committee, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (Charles S. Taylor Chapter) and the Dallas Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae. Nancy and her husband, Byron, a Dallas attorney, have three daughters and four grandchildren.
One of the residents who nominated Nancy for the award wrote in his submission letter, “Through the years, Nancy has been the go-to person for numerous organizations, and University Park is better for her work.” Saying that she is honored by this recognition, Nancy was quick to acknowledge those who work so hard to provide the amenities the community enjoys. “The library has grown from bare rooms with books piled on boxes to a facility that is now fully electronic and professionally run. That is testament to what can be achieved with generous grants, funding from the City and ongoing work involving a dedicated team of volunteers.”
In appreciation for her service to the community, immediately following the annual Park Cities July 4 Parade, which she and family members will ride in, Nancy will receive a plaque from Mayor James “Blackie” Holmes during a brief ceremony at the Goar Park Gazebo.
The Citizen of the Year Award was initiated in 2005 by the City Council to heighten public awareness and appreciation for the many residents who work, often behind the scenes, to better the City’s quality of life. The City acknowledges that while such residents aren’t fueled by a desire for civic recognition, their efforts, whether aimed at protecting our local environment, beautifying our neig= hborhoods, increasing local opportunities for our youth or raising money for various worthy projects, all demonstrate a level of citizenship that helps make University Park such a special place to live.