During the Tuesday, January 5, City Commission meeting, officials recognized 13 student volunteers who received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. This award recognizes individuals who have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours served during a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned through the course of a lifetime. In 2007, the Coral Springs Police Department Youth Mentoring Program was accepted as one of the program’s certified organizations. As a certifying organization, the Youth Mentoring Program can verify participants’ service hours, as well as nominate volunteers for the presidential award.
Kristen Albert, Ryon Eric Dent, Ryan Draddy, Kristina L. Hanson, Kyle J. Holl, Karl Milenkovic III, Michael Reyes, and Ashley Rachel Schemtob received the Gold Level Award for volunteering 250 hours or more of their time. Christopher Kostick received the Silver Level award for completing 207 community service hours. Lastly, Jordan M. Cohen, Taylor Montagna, Erica D. Plaza and Ryan K. Tison were awarded the Bronze Level Award for completing more than 100 hours each.
“You are examples and role models for our community. If we had every teenager in the community do what you do, there’d be very few issues,” Mayor Scott Brook said. “We can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate what you’ve done and we ask you to keep up that kind of community service in your years to come. Our community needs you and our world needs people like you, so congratulations.”
These students all served their service hours right here within the community, including City programs. For more information on the President’s Volunteer Service Award, visit presidentialserviceawards.gov.
The City Commission also recognized Al Hendrickson Sr. for always paying it forward. He is a sponsor of Leadership Coral Springs, and he was kind enough to sponsor three City employees to participate in the program.
“Al has been a big giver in the community for many years,” Brook said. “He is truly a compassionate leader, a leader of leaders and a man for all of us to be proud of to be living with in our community.”
Hendrickson is also an avid supporter of the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce and the first Trustee member. He has been honored by the Chamber with the Indy Award, Lifetime Leadership Award and Corporate Chamber Leader Award.
“In life, whether you are an individual, a business or a city, you either get better or worse and fortunately, we’ve had the leadership in Coral Springs to where we keep getting better,” Hendrickson said. “To me, it’s very important that we keep going forward and the future belongs to those who are prepared for it and I think our City is.”
The Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee, presented Family Center with a Check for $1,900 to help fulfill the “holiday wish lists” for six Coral Springs families. In December, members of the Ambassador Committee wrapped more than 90 separate gifts, including toys, books, sheets, towels, diapers, baby formula and gift cards for groceries.
This is the fourth year in a row that the Ambassador Committee, led by Committee Chair Connie Carberg, has committed to giving back to our local community by adopting working families in need.
“Your gift ensured that six families had a wonderful holiday season. You gave them an opportunity to hope and fulfill their dreams. We thank you for your kindness,” President and CEO of Family Central Barbara Weinstein said.
The City Commission also proclaimed January 2010 as Broward Diversity and Inclusive Community Month. Though Broward County and its municipalities acknowledge, value and celebrate diversity and inclusion throughout the year, the month of January was especially designated in 2002 to celebrate Broward’s rich ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and otherwise diverse population.
“One of the things that makes Coral Springs special and unique is our celebration of diversity throughout the entire year. Whether its through our interfaith community service, our Day of Prayer, the MLK Committee, the Multi-Cultural Committee, for us to celebrate the diversity that exists in our fantastic community is important and essential,” Mayor Brook said.
Lastly, the City Commission, together with the Kiwanis Club, recognized Jimmy David Selby as Mentor of the Month. When Selby’s responsibilities are complete at Hunt Elementary School, he visits homeless shelters, juvenile detention centers, or to deliver clothes and food to the needy. He is known to be the first to dig into his pocket if a child forgets his lunch money, to replace a stolen or missing bicycle, or to send a volunteer at a school a gift card simply because he/she is having a difficult time.
“I am so glad we started this here in the City Commission with Kiwanis because our community needs to know about people like you and our children need to know about possibilities that exist because of people like you. Congratulations for winning this award,” Mayor Brook said.