Mayor Cyril Kleem
Congratulations to the many volunteers we honored at the annual Spirit of Community Banquet on Jan. 19. These men, women, children and organizations are dedicated to helping our community without seeking recognition. They are what make this community special.
Receiving the Spirit of Community Awards this year were people who spent their time, talent and resources to help their neighbors and to make Berea a better place to live and work. We especially thank those volunteers – former City Council members Dale Lange and Dik Malott, Cons Templeman, Steve Blair, Norma Kleem and the Credit First National Association.
Dale and Dik went above and beyond in serving our city. Dale volunteers with the Rotary Club of Berea and helps with city festivals and events. Dik is active with Kiwanis and began the Council-sponsored food drives at Giant Eagle twice a year.
Cons is active in many civic organizations and volunteers at many city activities. Steve donated bicycles to the children of Berea Community Outreach clients. Norma organizes the Fourth of July and Light Up Berea parades and for the past several months has managed Berea Community Outreach on a volunteer basis until a permanent manager could be put in place.
Credit First National Association supplies items for Berea Community Outreach’s backpack program at Grindstone Elementary School, enabling children who might not have lunches available on the weekend to bring home packaged food items on Fridays.
For all of these volunteers and their valuable contributions, we are extremely grateful.