May 11, 2010
Issaquah marked by achievers, volunteers
A Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award nominations, environmental awards, Tree City USA, scholars, top athletes, best Retirement City…. are there still awards Issaquah and its citizens have yet to receive? The recognitions come from near and far, locally and nationally — and they just keep coming.May 18 will bring another round of Issaquah Community Awards. In addition to the Hall of Fame and Citizen of the Year will be honors for students, educators, public safety standouts, volunteers, leaders, business people and more. While it’s a humbling experience for all in attendance, the Community Awards have become only the tip of the iceberg in the grander scheme of Issaquah’s many honors.
Just last week, the Issaquah City Council confirmed new appointments to its many commissions. It may very well be the city’s long-standing example of inclusion in its governance that ignites the volunteer spirit throughout town. Most of these volunteers will not get more than a handshake and a certificate for the hours they devote to the city, but they don’t expect more. The welcome mat for community volunteers has always been out, and the people respond, either as decision makers or as hands-on helpers.
The best part of the recognition for Issaquah individuals who make a difference is the community pride we all take away and share. Congratulations to the multitudes of honorees past, present and future — for adding to the greatness of Issaquah.