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It’s time to celebrate

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By The Staff

Sometimes you just have to set everything aside and celebrate. I’ve decided to cast the assets to the wind in hopes that seeds will be planted.

It is nearly impossible to think that November has arrived but some may be thinking, it is only November?

Well, as 2009 is headed to a close, I hope you can spend a few minutes thinking about some positive aspects of the year.

Often, I think, someone doesn’t have to die before we appreciate what an asset they have been to the community. So I announce the first annual Assets In Action awards.

You have until Dec. 15 to nominate someone to receive an award, which will be presented at a dessert social on Jan. 8. These awards will recognize, youth, adults, couples, organizations or businesses for their work to benefit the community.

Awards will be presented in eight categories that include support, empowerment, boundaries and expectations, constructive use of time, commitment to learning, positive values, social competencies or positive identity. If you’d like these categories spelled out in greater detail, go to www.Search-Institute.org.

Avery special award will be presented to honor former County Councilman and Lifetime Cowboy, Jim West. Years ago, Jim and I discussed how youth need to be recognized for their work on behalf of our community. I talk to Jim from time to time and he has provided the criteria for such an award presented in his name. A recipient will be selected from those entries received by Dec. 15.

This idea has been a few years in the making. Honestly, there’s just not enough time or occasionally money to get things done. The final push to make the event a reality was a grant from the URS-Washington Group, International. What may be a small donation for them will make really big things happen in our community.

I hope there will be some reflection on the people in your life who make a difference. I hope we will see all aspects of the community represented from the youngest of youth to the oldest of seniors.

The good work doesn’t have to be in the classroom or on the sports field; it can come from a variety of areas related to volunteerism, good deeds, being a good role model or taking the steps to right a wrong.

There are many things being done daily and often we just don’t take the time to recognize it, name it, claim it and finally celebrate it. That will be done in early 2010 at Fuller Lodge, with kudos given to Los Alamos County and especially Jim West and Max Baker who aided the vision.

Additional details will follow if you’d like to attend the festivities, but for now e-mail me or call for a copy of the nomination form, so we can highlight the work of so many in a lovely little place we call, the Hill.

Bernadette Lauritzen is the Assets In Action Coordinator for Los Alamos. The program is sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. You can request an award application at AssetsInAction@att.net or by calling 661-4846.