CCN honors neighborhood leaders
Teamwork is what makes dreams work. Those words were part of guest speaker Tige Watts’ speech at the fifth annual Columbia Council of Neighborhoods awards banquet Saturday, June 9. The event provided an opportunity for CCN as well as residents in Columbia to honor those that have used teamwork to make a difference in their neighborhoods.
Five such individuals were inducted into the CCN Hall of Fame: Bessie Watson, Ellen Cooper, Cliff Spann, Alexzena Furgess, and Elliott Houser Sr.
“It’s in honor of all the hard work and dedication of all the honorees that received the hall of fame tonight, not me singularly, but each and every one of them is so deserving of this honor based on their work, helping and supporting each other in their neighborhoods,” Watson said.
Carl Frederick was awarded the Neighborhood Volunteer of the Year. Police Chief Randy Scott and Deborah Livingston, director of Community Development, were awarded the CCN Friends of the Year. Councilwoman Belinda Gergel was honored with the award of Special Recognition.
During his speech, Watts challenged the presidents of the Neighborhood Associations.
“It is up to all of us as neighborhood leaders to get our neighbors out of the backyard and back onto their front porches.”
The event gave CCN and residents an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of others, something current CCN president Dr. Mary Baskin Waters says “is crucial for our communities.”