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
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.
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
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
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
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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