Last Sunday, New York Carib News’s publishers, Mr. Karl B. Rodney and Mrs. Faye Rodney received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. This honorable presentation took place at the weekly newspaper’s annual Fathers reception at the Bentley Hotel Penthouse in the Upper East Side of New York City.
Among the fathers that were honored at the reception; Basketball Hall of Famer, philanthropist, public speaker and humanitarian, Thabiti Boone, presented the Rodney’s with this award on behalf of the President and the Council on Service and Civic Participation.
This award marks the pinnacle in the Rodney’s more than 40 years of service to New York City’s Caribbean American community and beyond. Mr. Rodney says, “We are grateful for this recognition by the President, and will continue to do our best on behalf of our community.”
In a personal letter that was placed with the official certificate, President Obama writes, “We need a new era of responsibility – a recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves, our Nation, and the world. These are duties that we do not grudgingly accept, but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit than giving our all to a difficult task.”
The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to honor volunteers that have set a standard for service, encouraged a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspired others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families and groups that have achieved a specific standard – one measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or the hours accumulated over the course of a lifetime.