Deanie had jotted down a few words for the award ceremony in case we had an opportunity to say a public thank you. Since the presentation did not allow for that, we post it here for *everyone*.
On behalf of the WS Blockwatch Captains’ Network, we are grateful for this opportunity to thank the Seattle Neighborhood Group for this recognition of our efforts to strengthen and enhance our West Seattle communities. We also wish to thank, for their essential and important cooperation, every WS Blockwatch Captain who has volunteered by stepping up to serve the families, neighbors, and businesses of West Seattle.
Also, thanks go to the efforts of the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council and the West Seattle Blog, for providing opportunities where WS citizens can stay informed about crime and public safety issues which might impact them.
Finally, we offer our most sincere thanks to the SW Crime Prevention Coordinator Benjamin Kinlow, Lt. Norm James who is in charge of Operations for the SW Precinct and Captain Steve Paulsen, our SW Precinct Commander.
Without the engagement and cooperation of each of these committed people, any success in developing a BW network would have been very limited. Deb, Karen and I are humbled. The work Kelly McKinney and the Seattle Neighborhood Group does encourages efforts such as ours and we look forward to what we hope will be a long productive relationship with all of the caring folks there.
Finally, I think it is fair to say that, in the process of organizing and growing our WS BW Captains’ Network, each of us has been deeply gratified to meet so many engaged and pro-active neighbors throughout the Southwest and Delridge neighborhoods who improve the quality of life for so many, quietly and with little accolade. We are so very glad to have this opportunity to say thank you to each BW captain and every pro-active BW participant and that we share the honor of this award with each one of them.
Below are a few photos from the reception ceremony for the 2010 Community Builder Awards on October 14th.
2010 Community Builder Award recipients with Chief Diaz
West Seattle Blockwatch Captains' Network founders with Chief Diaz
West Seattle Blockwatch Captains' Network founders with Capt Steve Paulsen