43 city activists honored for their community service Sen. Ralph Hughes hopes ceremony will become an annual event

December 14, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Forty-three Baltimore community leaders were honored yesterday for working to improve the places where they live -- from organizing baseball teams for children to forming food banks for the needy.

The 43 received plaques from state Sen. Ralph M. Hughes, a Democrat whose 40th District includes Park Heights, Waverly and Charles Village, in a ceremony at Coppin State College. Hughes hopes to hold the ceremony annually.

"Senator Hughes believes there are many individuals in Baltimore who have not given up on this city," Hughes' wife, Mary, acting as mistress of ceremonies, wrote in a statement. These people "have decided to make a stand in proclaiming that their city is worth fighting for."

"From cleaning sidewalks to standing up to drug pollution; from forming food banks for the needy to organizing Little League baseball teams, from tutoring first- and second-graders to finding employment for the youth, from rehabilitating homes to aiding others in home ownership. This is all done on a voluntary basis. No money. Sometimes not even a 'thank you' for their efforts," Mrs. Hughes wrote.

Those honored with 40th District Community Service Awards are:

Gloria Banks, president of Gwynnbrook-Garriwood Neighborhood Association.

Joseph A. Beasley Sr., a member of Walbrook Community Association.

The Rev. Eugene Belcher, pastor of First Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Paula Bonds, recording secretary for Woodbrook Avenue Neighborhood Association.

Mary Boone, president of Mathew A. Henson Community Association.

Mouid Bouie, member of Bridgeview Neighborhood Improvement Association.

Paula Branch, member of Better Waverly Community Organization.

Ben Brooks, member of Panway Neighborhood Association.

Claudia Brown, board member of Northern Neighborhood Service Center.

Eugene Brown, member of the Police Athletic League in the Greenmount West community.

Paulette Chapman, a resident of Payson Street known for aiding the needy at Christmas.

Bobby Cross, treasurer for Penn North Community Development Corp.

Sheila Custis, a Park Heights resident involved with Lewin United Methodist Church.

Georgetta Dorm, member of Hanlon Improvement Association.

Iris Franklin, president of 2600 Keyworth Community Association.

John Goodman, treasurer of East Baltimore Midway Community Development Corp.

Phyllis Chandler Green, president of Laburt Improvement Association.

Terrance M. Gummer, participant in the Outstanding % 5/8 Achievement Awards Program at Malcolm X Elementary School.

John Harris, president of Easterwood Community Association.

Myrtle Harrod, member of Tripple-P-S.O.C.K. Neighborhood Association.

Ramond Hartley, a food bank organizer from Park Heights.

Charles Hutcherson, member of Bridgeview Neighborhood Improvement Association.

Frank W. Hutchins, member of Loyola/Oswego Community Association.

Lilian Jackson, president of Way Neighborhood Association.

Ellen Camper Johns, president of 2300 Block Mosher Street Protective Association.

Amanda Jones, member and block captain of Evergreen Neighborhood Association.

Geraldine Jones, president of Parkview Community Association.

Shihan Kassama, a law-enforcement professional who teaches young people karate to keep them off the streets.

Lavenia Sellers Lane, president of Brookfield Avenue, Newington, Callow Avenue Block Club.

Charles Lassiter, member of Pinehurst Neighborhood Association.

Philip Lee, past president of Greater Homewood Community Corp.

Shirley Lindsay, member of Evergreen Protective Association.

Juanita P. Mills, member of Robert W. Coleman Community Organization.

Earles Mitchell, member of Langston Hughes Community Association.

Eleanor Montgomery, treasurer of Better Waverly Community Organization.

Pearl Moulton, member of Robert W. Coleman Neighorhood Association.

Derrick Paige, president of the youth choir at Good Shepherd Baptist Chuch who ran a tutoring program.

Patricia Rideout-Howard, member of Park Heights Networking Council.

Abner Robinson, president of Robert W. Coleman Community Organization.

Selma S. Rozier, recording secretary of Ash-Co-East/Coppin Heights Neighborhood Association Inc.

Henri Thompson, member of Park-Reist Corridor Coalition.

Juanita Watkins, secretary of Harwood/26ers Community Association.

Jean Yahudah, president of Woodland Nguzo Saba Neighborhood Association.

Pub Date: 12/14/97

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