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CCC honors local volunteers

Geline B. Williams (in yellow jacket), who with her husband founded the Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL), was among the honorees at the annual Commonwealth Catholic Charities Community Service Awards, held May 3 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Joining Williams, who won the Individual Award, were friends and well-wishers as well as fellow members of VSHL.

A mother of five, Williams volunteered for various organizations while raising her family, including the United Way, Instructive Visiting Nurse Association (IVNA), Commonwealth Catholic Charities, and Christian Children’s Fund, working on behalf of the health and welfare of the unborn, families, and the elderly. After she and her husband, Alex, founded VSHL in 1967, the VSHL established the Alex and Geline Williams Oratory Contest for high school juniors and seniors. In 1984 Williams ran for and won a seat on the Richmond City Council, where she served for ten years. She served as Richmond’s Mayor from 1988-1990, only the second woman to do so.

Henrico resident Cliff Hocker was also honored at the event with the Samuel H. Dibert CCC Volunteer Award. After hearing a 1994 public service announcement on Richmond’s public radio station for what was then Refugee and Immigration Services (now the Refugee Resettlement and Immigrant Counseling programs of CCC), Hocker began teaching an English as a Second Language (ESL) class that had been launched a few months earlier. He helped teach Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees working at a Weyerhaeuser Company (now International Paper) recycling job site; after six months, he became the sole teacher of the weekly class, which continues to this day. Hocker also worked as a mentor to bilingual volunteers and served as an integral part of the program’s community board.

Among the organizations honored at the event were Bliley's, which won the Corporate Award, and St. Jude Parish in Mineral and its mission, Immaculate Conception in Buckner, which won the Parish Award. For details, visit http://www.cccofva.org
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19th Annual Asian American Celebration planned May 21

The Asian American Society of Central Virginia will hold its 19th Annual Asian American Celebration on Saturday, May 21 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. 3rd St. in Richmond, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The theme for this year’s celebration will be “Our Heritage," in recognition of May as the Asian Pacific American Heritage month, designated by the U.S. Congress in 1992. > Read more.

Sandston Founders Club honors Sydnor


The Founders Club of Sandston presented lifetime membership to Charles W. Sydnor at its 12th annual meeting last month.

Sydnor, who grew up in Sandston and later served as president of Emory and Henry College for eight years, was honored by Founder Club President Alice Taylor Baldwin at the April 23 event at Sandston Memorial Recreation Center. > Read more.
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