[Perform-talk] Whitehouse seeking nominations for highest civilian honor

Donna Hill penatwork at epix.net
Thu Jan 21 16:58:30 UTC 2010

Hi Friends,
Wouldn't it be nice of someone working for equality for blind Americans 
received this?
Donna Hill
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Who has inspired you?
Date: 	Thu, 21 Jan 2010 09:53:18 -0600
From: 	First Lady Michelle Obama <info at messages.whitehouse.gov>
Reply-To: 	First Lady Michelle Obama <info at messages.whitehouse.gov>
To: 	dwhill at epix.net

	The White House, Washington


Good morning,

For over 40 years, the President of the United States has awarded the 
Citizens Medal -- the second highest civilian honor in our nation -- to 
Americans who have "performed exemplary deeds of service for their 
country or their fellow citizens."

Now for the 2010 Citizen's Medal, the White House is opening up the 
process to include an exciting source of nominations: you.  President 
Obama is inviting the American public to nominate candidates he should 
consider for the Presidential Citizens Medal -- truly making this an 
honor of, by, and for the American people.

Who has inspired you?  Whose selfless dedication to service has touched 
your life or the lives of others?

Watch the President explain the program in this web video and then 
nominate an unsung hero from your community:

Learn More <http://www.whitehouse.gov/citizensmedal/?e=26&ref=image> 

Past winners of this prestigious honor have included respected public 
figures like Colin Powell, Bob Dole and Rosa Parks, as well as everyday 
heroes like Oseola McCarty, a washerwoman who left her entire life 
savings to establish a scholarship for students in need. As you can 
tell, the bar is set pretty high -- only a handful of nominees will be 
chosen, so be sure to read the criteria closely and make the best case 
you can for your nominee.

This year, the President will be looking for several qualities in the 
special few he honors: people who have demonstrated a commitment to 
service in their own community or in communities farther from home; who 
have helped their country or their fellow citizens through one or more 
extraordinary acts; whose service relates to a long-term or persistent 
problem; or whose service has had a sustained impact on others’ lives 
and provided inspiration for others to serve. While many Americans work 
every day to serve others, this year's Citizens Medal will specifically 
honor those who have shown exemplary service to help others outside of 
their normal jobs.

Take a moment to nominate that everyday hero for the Presidential 
Citizens Medal and help honor his or her unwavering commitment to 
service. <http://www.whitehouse.gov/citizensmedal/?e=26&ref=text>

Nominations will be reviewed by White House staff. The most compelling 
of these nominations will be sent to the President for his final 
decision.  Then late this spring, Citizens Medal recipients will be 
invited to receive their awards in a ceremony at the White House.

Thank you,


First Lady Michelle Obama
The White House

P.S. Right now we are only planning to keep the nominations process open 
for one week. So don't miss your chance to recognize someone amazing 
from your community. 

Visit WhiteHouse.gov <http://www.whitehouse.gov/?e=26&ref=whi>


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