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File photo -- May 2011 Joplin Tornado Image by KTTS News
Washington DC – On Monday, February 11, Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr, and State Representatives Charles Davis (Duquesne) and Bill White (Joplin) will be awarded for their support for national service at the “Friends of National Service” reception hosted in Washington, DC. The role these officials played in deploying national service resources in the wake of the devestating 2011 tornadoes in Joplin lead to this honor.
Mr. Rohr is the recipient of the Local Leadership Award, which is awarded to individuals for leadership and innovation in leveraging national service to meet local needs. Previous winners of the Local Leadership Award include Mayors Mitah Landrieu (New Orleans), Michael Nutter (Philadelphia) and Michael Bloomberg (New York).
Representatives Davis and White are the recipients of the State Leadership Award, which is awarded to individuals for leadership and innovation in leveraging national service to meet state needs. Previous winners of the State Leadership Award include Governor Haley Barbour and Governor Chet Culver.
National service addresses critical issues in communities across the country by providing the human capital needed to support education and health care initiatives, coordinate disaster relief and prevention and enable senior independence. Through this work, national service members deliver as much as $3.00 worth of services for every federal dollar invested, making service and volunteerism a smart investment in an era of limited federal resources.
The reception will take place on Monday, February 11 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Union Station in Washington, DC.
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