By Ethel Siegel
Following its monthly chapter meeting on Saturday morning, June 8, The Philadelphia Regional Chapter hosted its 2019 Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at Associated Services for the Blind.
The ceremony opened with PRC member Vivian Williams leading everyone in the singing of “God Bless America.”
Each year, PRC presents two service awards. An awards committee consisting of chapter members determines each year’s recipients.
The Dr. Mae Davidow Community Service Award is presented to those who strive to improve the lives of blind and visually impaired people. This year’s recipient was Mary (May) Davis. She was a founder of the Jenny Beck Chapter of the Braille Revival League, has been a proofreader at Associated Services for the Blind for many years, and is also very active in Guide Dog Users, Inc.
The Francis Williams Volunteer Service Award is presented to individuals who actively volunteer in the community. This year’s recipient was John Luttenberger. He is a singer with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia chorus, active in his church, Corresponding Secretary of PRC, Vice President of the Jenny Beck Chapter of the Braille Revival League and serves on various other committees and boards in the blind community.
May and John were each presented with a plaque in recognition of their awards.
Following the awards ceremony, everyone enjoyed a delicious box lunch. A good time was had by all.
We all eagerly look forward to this very special event every year at our June meeting.