Citizens Association Honors Town's Best; Elects New President
The best of Georgetown was on display May 29 at Dumbarton House during the annual awards meeting and officers' election of the Citizens Association of Georgetown. Its new president is Pamla Moore.
After departing president Jennifer Altemus welcomed the crowd, councilmember Jack Evans of Ward 2, who lives with his wife Michele and their children on P Street, presented Altemus with a proclamation from Mayor Vincent Gray, designating "May 29, 2013, as Jennifer Altemus Day."
Evans, for his part, reminded the group that May 29 was the birthday of President John Kennedy, who lived in Georgetown in many houses through his years of public service in D.C. The presumptive mayoral candidate also launched into his "Georgetown's Golden Age" stump speech which lauds the achievements of the neighborhood since the late 1990s and likewise touts the dynamism of D.C. as one of America's leading cities, a true "boomtown," cited by recent media reports.
Then, it was time for the awards during the briskly paced meeting.
The Captain Peter Belin Award was presented to Karen "Cookie" Cruse "for her expert and dedicated work in preserving the historic character of Georgetown." Cruse said the prestigious award was "frosting on the cake" in her gratitude of the town.
The William A. Cochran Award was presented to Leslie Buhler, executive director of Tudor Place, for “exceptional efforts to protect and enhance the community’s parkland and architectural resources.” While living elsewhere, Buhler said she "loved Georgetown" best.
The Charles Atherton Award was presented to Dana Nerenberg, principal of Hyde Elementary School, for “exceptional service by a dedicated public-sector professional for outstanding work preserving and protecting historic Georgetown.” Nerenberg said that she had "the best job ever."
The Martin-Davidson Award to the business persons who have contributed significantly to the community was presented to Clyde’s Restaurant Group’s Ginger and John Laytham. Noting Clyde's longtime involvement in the community and its 50th anniversary in June, John Laytham said, "I hope Clyde's is around for another 50 years." Ginger Laytham also noted Clyde's community efforts and thanked CAG for its leadership.
A special appreciation award was presented to Ray Danieli, now retired from Georgetown University, for his dedicated and distinguished service to the Georgetown community. Danieli said, "The city and the university now have a great relationship."
Election of CAG officers and four directors also took place at the meeting. Here is the new line-up: Pamla Moore, president; Bob vom Eigen, vice president; Barbara Downs, secretary; Bob Laycock, treasurer; and directors: Diane Colasanto, Karen Cruse, Hazel Denton and Luca Pivato. Jennifer Altemus will remain on the board as immediate past president.
Upon her election as CAG president, Moore recalled that when asked to run she thought about it and then told the audience: "The reason I said yes was you."