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Delta's scholarship winners
Delta’s Award Scholarships, Recognize Paige As Woman Of The Year
The Denver Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. held its 2009 Scholarship Awards and Recognition Reception last month at the Aurora Public Library. Annually the Denver Alumnae Chapter in cooperation with Denver Delta Inc., awards scholarships to African American women. Award amounts vary from $500 to $6,000. Awards are determined based on students’ academic achievement, community service, and a personal interview. Students are also offered assistance and encouragement throughout their college matriculation.
Norma J. Paige
This year’s recipients were Hanifah Turner, Makenzie Bell-Nugent, Nardos Ghebtegziabher, Zuri House, Cheri Jacobs and Ariel Kelly. Norma J. Paige received the 2009 Woman of the Year Award which is presented to a woman who is not a member of the sorority and has contributed selflessly in some specific community or civic involvement that falls within the realm of programs encouraged by the sorority.
In addition, the chapter presented its Torch of Excellence Award to Charlotte S. Ware. This award is given to a chapter member who has provided significant service and contribution to the chapter.
Faye Wilson Tate, Vice President and Director of Diversity for CH2M Hill, served as the keynote speaker.
Megan M. Ferland
Girl Scouts Of Colorado Announces New CEO
Last month the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors introduced Megan M. Ferland as their new president and CEO. Ferland brings her extensive experience in creating awareness and advocating for children’s needs as the CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign to Girl Scouts of Colorado – the premiere leadership development organization for girls in the state.
Prior to joining the Colorado Children’s Campaign, Ferland was chief executive officer at Texas CASA, Inc., a statewide non-profit agency that advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system through the development, growth and support of local Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) programs. Prior to this, she served as chief of the Texas Attorney General’s Juvenile Crime Intervention Division. Her professional history also includes working as legislative director for a Texas state senator and clerking for the Texas House Committee on Urban Affairs. She has a master’s degree in communication from the University of Texas at Austin and an undergraduate degree in economics and communication from Texas A&M University.
Ferland will officially begin her position as Girl Scouts of Colorado president and CEO on June 22. The Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO position has been vacant since October, 2008. In October, 2007, Girl Scouts of Colorado became the statewide face for local Girl Scouting, uniting the five previous Colorado councils and the eight Colorado counties previously served by councils in other states.
City Of Denver Receives National Award For Greenprint Denver Program
The City of Denver took the top award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and Siemens Corp. for its Greenprint Denver program.
Greenprint Denver is the City of Denver’s sustainability plan to help Denver’s residents, businesses and local government conserve resources, save money and protect the environment. The 2nd annual Siemens Sustainable Community Award was given to Denver in the large community category. Denver was recognized for its efforts to improve quality of life within the community by achieving complementary economic, environmental and social goals.
Other cities recognized were Anaheim, Calif., in the mid-size community category and Los Alamos County, N.M., in the small community category.
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper accepted the award for the Denver.
In 2009, Greenprint Denver is bringing a number of sustainability programs to the Denver community, including neighborhood weatherization, renewable energy installation, retrofitting city buildings, water conservation, and green building.
Arthur Rothkopf, U.S. Chamber senior vice president, and Daryl Dulaney, Siemens Building Technologies president and CEO, presented the awards.
“We are honoring these communities today because even in tough economic times they remain singularly focused on ensuring a strong and sustainable future by implementing innovative environmental and energy-related programs,” said Jim Whaley, vice president of corporate communications and marketing of Siemens Corp.
Shirley M. Shockley
The Denver Bowling Senate Salutes Shirley M. Shockley For 37 Years Of Dedicated Service
In April, the Denver Bowling Senate, a chapter of The National Bowling Association (TNBA), recognized Shirley M. Shockley for her work in establishing the Denver Bowling Senate by naming the annual bowling membership tournament “The Shirley M. Shockley Annual Membership Tournament.”
It was October 19, 1972 that Shirley and a group of other determined individuals were granted a Denver charter which set the course that established “The Denver Bowling Senate” (DBS). She served as president of the local chapter for 10 years. She is still an avid bowler, participates in leagues, is a member of the Striker/Strikette Bowling Club and participates in tournaments. She has achieved Life Membership on the national level.
The National Bowling Association was established in 1939, when minorities were not allowed to be members of the ABC/WIBC bowling organization (now known as the United States Bowling Congress (USBC).
Dr. Robbie Bean
Family Extravaganza 2009 Honors 48 Families
Celebration of Families-Students Inc. sponsored its’ annual Family Extravaganza last month at New Hope Baptist Church to a full house. A variety of musical selections were rendered by a 200-voice children’s mass choir and the Colorado Mormon Chorale. The mass choir was from Excel Institute, New Hope Baptist Church, Scott United Methodist Church and True Light Baptist Church.
Forty-eight families were honored including a large number of Hispanic families. Making the event more unique than in past years, the program was verbally translated in English and Spanish as well as the printed program. All families received an engraved plaque.
More than 200 students participated in the annual art and writing contests.
True Light Baptist Church was selected as the 2009 Church of the Year where Pastor William T. Golson, Jr. is the minister. Other honorees were Juanita Parrish, Susan Trahan, Charlotte Braud-Kern, and Martin Ali. Pastor John Thompson, minister of Park Hill United Methodist Church and Dr. Robbie Bean, founder of the event, presented the awards. The event concluded as the hosts Damon and Heather Barry saluted all the honorees.