Dedicated Volunteers Honored with Anna Garlin Spencer Award
Amongst business meetings, workshops, lectures, and discussions, the American Ethical Union took time during the 97th Assembly to recognize the endless hours of service performed by Society members. These dedicated volunteers have provided their local Society and the Ethical Culture Movement with programs, events, supplies, monetary commitments, their energy, and most importantly, compassion for their fellow members and the values we share. Each of the nine recipients below was presented with the Anna Garlin Spencer Volunteer Award by representatives from the nominating congregation who shared why the recipient deserved the award. A video of the award ceremony will be available through the AEU website.
Born in 1851, Anna Garlin Spencer was a social activist and feminist icon. She was the first woman ordained to preach in Rhode Island, became a founder of the NAACP, promoted child labor laws, and worked for equal rights for women. She was the first woman Ethical Culture Leader and her life-long work embodies the spirit intended by this award.
Ruth Cohen – New York Society for Ethical Culture
Bob Corbett – Baltimore Ethical Society
Hank Gassner – Northern Virginia Ethical Society and Washington Ethical Society
Carol Love – Ethical Society of Philadelphia
Abby Scher – Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Sara Sheperd – Ethical Society of Westchester, not attending
Dean and Juliette Smith – Ethical Society of St. Louis
Stephanie Rosenblatt – New York Society for Ethical Culture