FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
City of Ridgefield, Washington Announces the 2009 Outstanding Citizens
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Kay Kammer, Director of Finance & Administration/City Clerk
Ridgefield, WA, December 21, 2009 – The City of Ridgefield, Washington is pleased to announce Don and Earleen Griswold as the recipients of the City's 2009 Outstanding Citizen Award.
Mr. and Mrs. Griswold were honored at the Ridgefield City Council meeting held on December 17, 2009 for their tireless devotion and efforts toward the betterment of the community.
Don and Earleen purchased the Old Liberty Theater in 1995 and opened Season's Coffee Shop in the front lobby on July 4, 1997. The theater which is located at 115 N. Main, was licensed and approved in 2001 for use as a theater and they provide a variety of cultural experiences not only for the residents of Ridgefield but also for the greater Vancouver/Portland area. Earleen has worked with the local Parent–Teacher Associations (PTA) and the Tears of Joy theater group to bring events for the youth of the area that they might not otherwise be able to enjoy. The efforts by the Griswold's introduce folks to the community and Earleen's smiling face serving up your favorite cup of joe makes you want to come back time after time.
The Griswold's have been involved in and have supported a number of community activities and groups throughout the years. They assist the community with providing an informational outlet for events, hosting a variety of events and providing space to resident artists and also for artisan sales. An artist herself, Earleen, provided the illustrations for a book, "A Caribbean Journey from A to Y (Read and discover what happened to the Z)" written by Mario Picayo drawn during her years living in the Virgin Islands. The book was recently presented to First Lady Michelle Obama for her daughters by Cecile de Jongh, First Lady of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Griswold's volunteer activities include coordinating Hometown Celebration, Birdfest Bluegrass and the Cruise In. They have also served on the Lewis & Clark and the Refuge Overlook Park committees. Earleen also served two terms as the President of the Ridgefield Business Association.
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 & Rescue 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), Roy Garrison (2005), Tevis Laspa (2006), Helen Maul (2007), and Marie Wilcox (2008).
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 20,000 persons with an employment base of over 13,000 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 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.