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Community Leaders Awarded by ABLE International

This holiday season ABLE International honored two prominent Los Angeles community leaders with its annual “Spirit of the Community” award. This year's presentations were given to Lee Baca, the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, and to Marcine Shaw, a long time political activist and community leader from Compton, California.


Award Given to Sheriff Lee Baca

Sheriff Baca heads the largest Sheriff's department in the world, with more than 8,000 sworn personnel and more than 4,300 civilian employees. He is responsible for an area of more than 3,000 square miles, containing close to 6 million citizens.

The responsibilities of the Sheriff's Department extend to specific policing areas within the City of Los Angeles. ABLE International and the Sheriff's Department (and also the Los Angeles Police Department) have worked together in community projects to help reduce drug abuse and crime in the Hollywood area.

Sheriff Baca received the award from ABLE International's Senior Vice President, Bob Adams. Bob commended the Sheriff for his humanitarian efforts to reduce crime in the County and to develop and support programs to reform offenders rather than just lock them up.

In accepting the award, Sheriff Baca stressed the productive relationship he has had with ABLE International. He, especially, validated ABLE's programs and their contribution in creating a better community. He explained his own beliefs in the innate goodness of man, regardless of whether the person is a criminal or addict and that this view is reflected throughout ABLE's humanitarian programs.

Award given to Community Leader, Marcine Shaw

Marcine Shaw was honored for her lifetime of dedicated community service, ranging from nearly 18 years of service with the County of Los Angeles include extensive work as the Senior Deputy to the late Honorable Los Angeles County Supervisor, Kenneth Hahn. She has been responsible for implementing many vital community outreach projects, including the Foodnet Program which distributed surplus commodities throughout the County, and which became a prototype program for the entire country. Marcine has also served as a long term City Council member for the City of Compton, California.

She has also been instrumental in developing and forwarding programs for handicapped youth as well as the vital, inner city learning program – the World Literacy Crusade.

In accepting the Spirit of the Community Award, from ABLE International President, Rena Weinberg , Marcine told the audience about some adventures over her years of community work. For example, she described working with a The Way to Happiness group to address the gang problem – including, at one point, taking 30 gang members on a trip to Hawaii.

ABLE International Working with the Community

The annual “Spirit of the Community” awards are reflections of ABLE International's commitment and dedication to improving communities around the world and creating better futures for young people in all walks of life.

ABLE welcomes your support – both of your direct time and energy as a volunteer and also financially. We have a world in tremendous need of social improvement programs that utilize the workable technologies of L. Ron Hubbard.

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ABLE - Creating a Better Future for Our Children and Our Communities
ABLE International's mission is to address the world's most devastating social ills-drugs, crime, illiteracy and immorality.  These programs are highly effective, and help children and adults worldwide. The mission of Applied Scholastics is to provide effective education services and materials that help people learn how to learn and thereby work effectively to achieve their goals and realize their full potential. Criminon International is an international non-profit organization who's mission is to eliminate those factors which produce and precipitate criminal behavior and to restore common-sense moral values. Narconon International is a non-profit, charitable, organization.  It provides a unique drug-free rehabilitation method developed by author and humanitarian, L. Ron Hubbard. The Narconon program gets people off of drugs effectively, with nearly a 100% success rate. The Way to Happiness Foundation International is a non profit organization dedicated to restoring trust and honesty the world over through the publication and wide distribution of The Way to Happiness, the most widely distributed common sense guide to happier living. The Way to Happiness Foundation International is a non profit organization dedicated to restoring trust and honesty the world over through the publication and wide distribution of The Way to Happiness, the most widely distributed common sense guide to happier living. World Vision is an international Christian relief and development organisation working to promote the well being of all people - especially children. In 2002, World Vision offered material, emotional, social and spiritual support to 85 million people in 96 countries. The mission of United Way is to improve people's lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. ABLE, Association for Better Living and Education International, Applied Scholastics, Criminon, Narconon, The Way to Happiness, United Way, World Vision.