“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly ...
who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at best, knows the triumph of high
achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold
and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

~Theodore Roosevelt, 1910
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Memo awards recognize community’s best
Here are your Mid-county Memo 2005 Community Award winners, plus one certificate recipient. Pictured in the first row from left to right are: Athlete of the Year Lynzy Klein; Businessperson of the Year Judith Huck; Senior of the Year Tom Knight; Environmental Preservation Award winner Linda Robinson; Leadership of the Year winner Arlene Kimura; Cathy Martin representing Father Rod Martin as Volunteer of the Year; and Neighborhood Beautification plaque winner Sharon Mershon. In the second row, left to right: Student of the Year Ron Linn; Employee of the Year Teresa Hatfield; Neighbor of the Year Bonny McKnight; Religious Leaders of the Year Rev. Yoon Cho and Rev. Bill Taylor; and Neighborhood Beautification winner Clare Mershon. In the third row: Boss of the Year Michael Taylor; Special Commendation Award to Portland Fire Bureau’s John Thompson (one of two); Neighborhood Beautification certificate winner Ross Monn; Cook of the Year, Parkrose Lions Club President John Ellison accepting; and Educator of the Year Jeff Rose. Not pictured are Agri-Business Person of the Year Al Garre; Artist of the Year Dorothy Beal; and Special Commendation Award to Portland Fire Bureau’s Bob Walker.

Awards celebrated best neighbor, student, athlete


The house was packed.

The audience was filled with anticipation.

The event?

The 2005 Mid-county Memo Community Awards, celebrating the best and brightest in Mid-Multnomah County.

On Tuesday, May 10, held at the Gateway Elks Lodge the gala event, which one person attending said was, “a gathering of good-hearted people.”

Master of ceremonies for the event was Anna Song, reporter and anchorwoman with KATU-TV, and a former Mid-county Memo Community Awards winner. Also on hand to help present the awards was Oregon State. Rep. Jeff Merkley, who represents District 47.

Major sponsor of the event was MBank.

In returned nomination ballots, Mid-county Memo readers bestowed honors upon special people and organizations in Mid-Multnomah County who deserved recognition.

Each of the 17 categories featured a plaque winner as the person or organization singled out as the best in the category. Certificate winners were also awarded in each category.

Here’s who won:
The category of Student of the Year was sponsored by the Parkrose School District. Certificate winners were Linh Bui and Rebekah Thompson. The plaque winner was Ron Linn.

The category of Employee of the Year was sponsored by the Danna Brothers’ Elmer’s Restaurants. Certificate winners were Leann Rowlett of Rossi Farms and Pat Dragowsky of City Home Improvement. The plaque winner was Teresa Hatfield of the East Portland Neighborhood Office.

In the Religious Leader of the Year category, the sponsor was Rossi Farms. Certificate winners were Florence Lersch of New Life-Eastminster Presbyterian Church, and Father Jack Mosbrucker of St. Therese Catholic Church. The plaque winners were Rev. Bill Taylor and Rev. Yoon Cho, co-pastors of New Life-Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

The Agri-Business of the Year category was sponsored by Stewart & Tunno Insurance. Certificate winners were Joe Rossi of Rossi Farms, and Angelique Kauffman. The plaque winner was Al Garre of Garre Farms.

The Special Commendation award, sponsored by Farnstrom-Gable Funeral Chapel, were as certificate winners Clare and Sharon Mershon. The plaque winners were John Thompson and Bob Walker, both of the Portland Fire Bureau.

Jon Turino of Farmers Insurance sponsored the Artist of the Year category. Certificate winners were Ron Linn and Deshante Bolds. The plaque winner was Dorothy Beal.

Sponsor for the Athlete of the Year was Argay Square. Certificate winners were John Carpenter, Vroman Willingham and Charles Harris. The plaque winner for Athlete of the Year was Lynzy Klein.

The Senior Citizen of the Year category was sponsored by Russellville Park, formerly named Courtyard at Russellville. Certificate winners were Betty Riley, Richard Robb and Teena Ainslie. The plaque winner was Tom Knight.

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