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No. 4, 2010

CDC Chapter of Blacks in Government Wins National Award

The CDC Chapter of Blacks In Government (BIG) was the winner of the 2010 BIG national Prestige Award. Linda Leary, CDC Chapter President, accepted the award at the 32nd BIG National Training Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, in August 2010. Mr. Al Taylor, who is on the group’s Board of Directors for Region IV, stated in an e-mail to Linda, “We are proud of the recognition you brought to yourselves and Region IV. I was personally honored to be on stage with you for your award presentation at the National Training Conference.”  In addition, the Chapter won the 2009 Regional Chapter of the Year Award for our activities and accomplishments.

During 2009, the CDC Chapter was quite active. Some of the group’s accomplishments, as described in the award nomination write-up, include the following:

  1. Collaborated with Dr. Philip Finley, CDC, on assignment to Nigeria, to provide much-needed school supplies to children in two Nigerian schools. Boxes of supplies such as pencils, paper, rulers, notebooks, crayon, and chalk were collected at various CDC campuses, then shipped to Dr. Finley; he then delivered them to the schools in need. He reported that the children were extremely happy to receive them.
  2. Reviewed, analyzed, and provided recommendations to CDC management officials regarding disparities in agency performance rating results. CDC welcomed the group’s participation and response to this issue.
  3. Served as volunteers during two of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s television membership campaigns.
  4. In February, sponsored several lunch-and-learn sessions with Mr. Deric Gillard, former national communications director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, author, and keynote speaker at CDC’s observance of African-American heritage month.
  5. Coordinated volunteers for a Habitat for Humanity project in DeKalb County, Georgia; also partnered with Kroger and Pizza Hut on two different occasions to provide lunch to volunteers.
  6. For the past 2 years, the group served as a sponsor of, and its members participated in, Atlanta’s annual Tuberculosis Awareness Walk; this event serves as an opportunity to promote health and wellness among members of BIG.
  7. Sponsored a lunch-and-learn seminar with an adoption agency to inform, prepare, and support employees who are considering adopting a child from Georgia’s foster care system.

For all its numerous accomplishments and activities, the CDC Chapter received the 2010 Blacks in Government Prestige Award. Kudos to the CDC Chapter of BIG for this outstanding honor!

—Reported by Linda Leary, President, CDC Chapter of BIG
and Ann Lanner
Div of TB Elimination


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