|COG Presents Awards to Regional Officials, Partners at Annual Meeting
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) honored members of the region’s congressional delegation, several local elected officials, and a private sector partner yesterday at its 2003 annual meeting, attended by about 300 guests at the National Press Club in downtown Washington, D.C.
COG’s Board of Directors presented special awards to members of Congress representing the National Capital Region for supporting the region’s work on the Regional Emergency Coordination Pan, and for identifying funding to aid the planning effort. Five members of congress received awards at the luncheon. They were: Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md), Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md), Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D-Md), and Rep. James Moran (D-Va).
“I am grateful to COG for this recognition,” said Norton. “I am proud of what we’ve done together in this region.”
Michael Byrne, former director of the Office of National Capital Region Coordination in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, also received a special award from the National Capital Region Emergency Preparedness Council for his work on homeland security initiatives with COG and other regional partners.
Maxine Baker, president and CEO of the Freddie Mac Foundation and vice president of Communications at Freddie Mac, accepted COG’s 2003 Regional Partnership Award for her organization’s long-standing service to the region’s foster children. COG recognized Baker for assembling the region’s first Foster Parent Appreciation Gala in May and for the foundation’s work with COG and NBC-4 on the Wednesday’s Child Program, a weekly television feature that has helped place more than 200 children in permanent homes. The foundation has provided more than $2 million over the past decade in support of COG programs.
COG’s presented the annual Elizabeth and David Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award to Penelope Gross, Fairfax County supervisor and Board member, and Mary K. Hill, Prince William County supervisor and Board chair, for their distinguished service and commitment to regionalism. The award recognizes elected officials who have made significant contributions to the region during their time in office.
Bruce Williams, Takoma Park mayor pro tem, received the Chairman’s Award for his leadership on various COG committees. Williams is chair of the Chesapeake Bay Policy Committee and the Environment and Public Works Directors Committee.
Guest speakers Ruban Barrales, deputy assistant to the president and director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Sue Mencer, director of the Office of Office of Domestic Preparedness at the Department of Homeland Security addressed the gathering of local, state and federal officials, government administrators, and private sector, nonprofit and community organization representatives.
“After learning about your organization and how you all come together, I’m extremely impressed,” Mencer said of COG. “This is a model for the rest of the country on how to be structured and how to work together."
Release Date: Dec 12, 2003