Distinguished Service Award
President Martha Blaine surprised Ben Warner with the NAPC
Distinguished Service Award during the annual meeting, April 17,
2010 in Alexandria, Virginia. As she said...
Periodically throughout its
history, NAPC has bestowed its Distinguished Service Award
on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to
the work of NAPC. The first Distinguished Service Award was
presented to Nancy Findeisen in 1999, in recognition of her
leadership of the strategic planning process. In 2002 David
Swain received the award for his tireless work on
Indicators. Two years later NAPC honored John Begala for his
efforts to establish NAPC's socialindicators.com website.
The most recent recipient, in 2006, was Fred Butler, who had
served as Vice President, Conference Chair, and represented
NAPC at the 1st International Conference of the Community
Indicators Consortium. What a rich history of service these
This year’s recipient has also played several roles with
NAPC since 2004, including stepping in to take over the
strategic planning process; working on indicators; and
chairing and conducting innumerable conference sessions in
2008, 2009 and again this year (2010). He hosted a Board
Planning Retreat, and represented NAPC as a founding partner
of the Community Indicators Consortium. He has served as a
consultant to the NAPC Forward group on Web 2.0, and chaired
NAPC’s preparation of the report “Leading Social Indicators:
Measuring What’s Important; Making a Difference” during
2004-2008. He maintains a blog used widely by NAPC members
and many others (www.communityindicators.blogspot.com).
As a past two-term NAPC President, he has represented NAPC
at national and international conferences.
It is with great pleasure that NAPC honors Ben Warner with
the 2010 Distinguished Service Award.
At the NAPC Annual Meeting in
Toronto, May 2006, NAPC President Pam Kestner-Chappelear
presented the Distinguished Service Award to Fred Butler,
long-time NAPC Board member and Executive Director of the
Community Action Network (CAN) in Austin, Texas. Butler
will be retiring in 2007. He has served NAPC in many ways
including being Vice President, Conference Co-Chair, Nominating
Chair, and representing NAPC in organizing a social indicators
track for the first international conference of the Community
Fred's wise guidance, warm and
facilitative leadership style, integrity, and deep commitment to
the work of NAPC members in local communities, are admired and
greatly valued by his NAPC colleagues all across the country.
In February 2007, CAN sponsored a gala reception
at Austin City Hall honoring Fred Butler upon his retirement. Dallas NAPC'ers Martha Blaine (Exec.
Director, Community Council of Greater Dallas) and Sharon Clark
(NAPC Administrator) represented NAPC; Martha made a
presentation expressing NAPC's appreciation for Fred's decade of
service and leadership.
Some scenes from the
Martha presented a certificate
from NAPC to Fred at the CAN Partners Meeting, which was
televised. (Another group had just given Fred the red
"A-Team superhero" cape.)
CAN commissioned this painting
in Fred's honor.
Fred's Dallas colleagues,
Martha Blaine (left) and Sharon Clark (right).
CAN hosted this reception in
the atrium of Austin's new City Hall.
2004: John Begala
surprised board member John Begala with the 2004 Distinguished
Service Award at the Annual Meeting on May 8, 2004, at the
Marriott Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia.
NAPC President Nancy
Findeisen presented the award in special appreciation for his
leadership in the creation of
www.socialindicators.com, NAPC's exciting new website
which features key social and health indicators, and
initiatives addressing them, in America's 100 largest cities
and their suburban areas.
Begala is Executive Director of
The Center for
Community Solutions (formerly the
Federation for Community Planning) in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Center has developed and is managing socialindicators.com
2002: David Swain
the Annual Meeting on May 4, 2002, at the Hilton Washington Embassy Row
Hotel, NAPC presented its highest award to long-time valued member David
Swain (pictured, left, with his wife Caroline).
NAPC Vice President Mary Louis Campbell recognized him for the many years
of service and leadership he has devoted to NAPC, and for his outstanding
work on social and quality of life indicators locally, nationally and
"In June, David will be retiring from JCCI and, as such,
retiring as their representative to NAPC. We are so pleased to welcome his
wife Caroline, who is with us today and with whom David has lots of great
plans for traveling and enjoying life. We will miss him, but hope to stay
in touch and continue to benefit from his interest and expertise. In
preparation for today, we talked with David’s
boss, Lois Chepenik who relayed the following message to us: 'When one
thinks of community, commitment, intelligence, and impartiality, there is
no finer image than David Swain - ‘Dr. JCCI.’ It is not an overstatement
to say that David has been a driving force behind JCCI’s local, national
and international reputation and success. We all wish him well during his
retirement, but in my heart of hearts I hope he becomes just a little
bored so that we can call upon him as a valued volunteer! I will miss him
greatly as will our entire staff and membership.'
"David has been active in NAPC since
1994. He has played many helpful roles -- as conference speaker and
conference panel organizer for several national conferences, and as a
long-time board member and officer. Well-known and respected in
Jacksonville, around the country, and internationally for his expertise on
quality of life indicators, David has represented NAPC as a speaker on
indicators at several national conferences and as a NAPC spokesperson at
national meetings. He was the main organizer when NAPC first sponsored a
national conversation on social indicators in the fall of 2000 -- but then
could not attend because just before it was to happen, he had a heart
attack. Fortunately, he returned and has been a leading force and guiding
light for NAPC’s subsequent work on indicators, at last year’s conference
and pre-conference symposium, as well as for today’s session. David, we so
appreciate all that you have contributed. On behalf of NAPC, I
present this achievement award with our respect, affection, and gratitude
for all you have done for the association and all you have meant to us."
David received his well-deserved award
and a standing ovation from the NAPC membership. Our usually-eloquent but
modest colleague was speechless with surprise when this award was
presented. Later, he emailed NAPC members some special words of
thanks. Click here to enjoy his "acceptance
David Swain (center)
is congratulated by, left to right:
Mary Louis Campbell, Elaine Andersen, Martha Blaine,
Caroline Swain, Sharon Clark, Ed Schoenberger
1999: Nancy Findeisen
Presenting NAPC's first Distinguished
Service Award at the 1999 Annual Meeting, NAPC President Elaine Andersen said:
"Now and then in the life of an
organization, someone steps forward to offer a contribution far 'above and
beyond the call of duty' -- something that may result in raising the
organization, or even its whole field, to another level. In the last two
years, someone has done this for NAPC and for the community planning
field. NAPC saw the need to summarize the history, nature and value of
planning councils -- their uniqueness and their significance in the context of a
growing community building arena -- so that NAPC and member councils could
communicate this more effectively, to national audiences as well as to our own
boards, staffs and community leaders, and others. This person gathered
everyone else's ideas as well as her own considerable insights and experiences,
and distilled them into a presentation that was a big hit at last year's
conference. Then, at the request of United Way of America and on behalf of
NAPC, she wrote an article based on that presentation for the premiere issue of
United Way of America's new journal on community building, reaching an audience
of community leaders all across the country about the planning council approach
and its value, past, present and future.
"She has also served NAPC in many
other ways for many years, including serving as our President for two
terms. She is nationally known and respected as a role model for other
planning council leaders because of her outstanding work as Executive Director
of the Community Services Planning Council in Sacramento. This award comes
as a surprise to her -- if she had known, she would likely have tried to talk us
out of it and give everyone else the credit! NAPC is honored to present
our first-ever Distinguished Service Award to Nancy Findeisen."
Elaine Andersen (in white suit, below) presented
Distinguished Service Award to
Nancy Findeisen (in red, below).
Nancy was congratulated by Martha Blaine (in blue, below),
Jacqueline Jones (below right - applauding) and all their
NAPC colleagues and friends.
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