It may have been overcast and rainy outside, but that didn’t stop the community from coming out to celebrate and honor three extraordinary individuals who have dedicated their lives to the service of others. On October 13, Washington DC LISC presented the 2005 Arthur Flemming Community Leadership Awards to three of Washington DC’s most outstanding community leaders.
The awards were established in memory of Dr. Arthur S. Flemming, Washington, DC LISC’s founder, mentor and advocate. Dr. Flemming was a longtime activist, with a distinguished career in the field of public service and education. He led an extraordinary life of service to his country, acting as an advisor, cabinet member, and confidante to 11 presidents, from Truman to Clinton.
The awards, each of which comes with a cash stipend provided by The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, are intended to recognize individuals who have received little public recognition. Each recipient was nominated by a community based organization for their tenacity, commitment, resourcefulness, motivation, and success.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Thelma Jones, a long time resident and activist in the Fairlawn neighborhood in Ward 7. She serves as president of the Fairlawn Citizens Association and is respected throughout the City for her bold leadership. At 78, her energy and spunk is contagious as she works to improve conditions in her neighborhood.
The Outstanding Service Award was presented to Lucille Coutard of Mount Pleasant in Ward 1. She was the guiding force behind the preservation of her apartment building as affordable housing and is a tireless advocate for neighborhoods facing housing challenges. She also mentors tenant leaders who want to know their rights as tenants.
Patrick Jordan a 25-year-old Gonzaga graduate, teacher, and law student won the Emerging Leader Award. In response to what he saw as inequities in the Near Northeast neighborhood, he established a nonprofit organization to provide transitional housing for the homeless.
Each recipient was honored with an audio visual presentation and was given an opportunity to speak. “I am honored and humbled to be on the same stage as Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Coutard”, said Patrick Jordan, “and I hope to follow in their footsteps”. Mrs. Jones passed on her key to success, “In order to be a good leader, you need to be a good listener”.
Congratulations to the 2005 honorees.