FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
City of Ridgefield, Washington Announces the 2006 Outstanding Citizen
Press Contact Information:
Kay Kammer, CFO/City Clerk
Ridgefield, WA, December 12, 2006 – The City of Ridgefield, Washington is pleased to announce Tevis Laspa as the recipient of the City's 2006 Outstanding Citizen Award.
Mr. Laspa was honored at the Ridgefield City Council meeting held on December 8, 2006 for his tireless devotion and efforts toward the betterment of the community. Since moving to Ridgefield in 1984, Tevis has been involved in a number of community activities and groups, including serving as a coach and board member for the Ridgefield Little League and Lewis River Soccer Club. In addition, Tevis and his family, along with friends, annually provide Thanksgiving food baskets for families in need, as well as participate in the Walk ‘n Knock food drive.
As a Lions Club member Tevis has spent countless hours cooking and cleaning at the Clark County Fair food booth, assisted at the Club's annual auction, and helped unload vehicles at the Ridgefield Spring Clean Up Day. He has also helped organize and serve at the Lions Club's annual Fourth of July Salmon Bake, painted the Ridgefield Community Center and assisted in the construction of the David Dynes Memorial Bird Blind located on the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
Activities supporting the Ridgefield School District include providing assistance at school carnivals, serving as a classroom volunteer, HOST tutor and Cispus Outdoor School Chaperone, and participation in campaigns for school bonds and levies. Tevis also donated his efforts and provided significant financial assistance to Ridgefield High School for construction of a soccer field and a kiln for the ceramics class.
Tevis is also an active member of the Gee Creek Enhancement Committee, which is local volunteer group committed to the rehabilitation of Gee Creek. As a member of this organization, Tevis has committed countless hours toward efforts associated with improving the Gee Creek watershed.
Auctioneering services is another specialty of Tevis, with his quick wit and humor he has opened many a wallet for the Ridgefield Community Center, Friends of the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge BirdFest, Lions Club, Lewis & Clark Committee, and the 4-H Junior Livestock.
As a community member, Tevis also serves as the "Traveling Backhoe", loaning his labor and equipment in assisting community members with private projects.
Civic duties have included serving as a City Council member from the Mayor from 1994 through 1997 and as the Interim City Manager in 2001.
The City began the Outstanding Citizen Award in 2001 to recognize and honor those individuals who provide the community with their contributions, labors and commitment for betterment to the community. The recipients name may be viewed on the entrance marker to the Ridgefield Community Park located near the Clark County Fire District No. 12 Station on 3rd Avenue. A committee to nominate and bring forward individuals whose efforts was formed and currently serving on the committee are Ann Margaret O'Reilly, Marie Stephenson and Allene Wodaege. Prior recipients include David Dynes (2001), Gladys Doriot (2002), Allene Wodaege (2003), Ralph Kraus (2004) and Roy Garrison (2005).
About the City of Ridgefield
The City of Ridgefield, incorporated in 1909, is a rapidly growing community located in northern Clark County, Washington approximately 10 miles north of Vancouver, Washington. Over the next 10 to 15 years, the City of Ridgefield expects to grow to a population of over 24,000 persons with an employment base of over 15,000 jobs. The City has adopted a Council-City Manager form of government. The City Manager acts as the chief executive officer of the City overseeing daily operations, annual budget development and implementation, and personnel. The City Manager works with a management team composed of the Director of Communications/City Clerk, Director of Finance and Administration, the Community Development Director, the Public Works Director and the Police Chief to insure that community services are provided and that the policy directives of the City Council are carried out in the most efficient manner possible. For more information about the City, visit www.ci.ridgefield.wa.us or call 360.887.3557.