Riverside, Calif. – President Obama honored Chris (Comeswithclouds) White and René White (Feather) with the prestigious national President’s Call to Service Award in recognition of their sustained service of over 4,000 volunteer hours each.
“In my Inaugural Address, I stated that 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,” said President Barrack Obama in letters of congratulation to Chris and René.
On behalf of President Obama, the Supreme Grand Chancellor – Chevalier Massimo J Ellul GCLJ GCMLJ– Grand Priory of Malta and Grand Priory of the United States Secretary General Dame Dr. Karen Cantrell DLJ DMLJ, with the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem presented the couple with presidential letters, certificates and lapel pins during a black-tie gala hosted in Riverside CA on Sept. 13. Secretary General Cantrell, and other members of the Order, nominated Chris and René for the award.
The President’s Call to Service Award is intended to help demonstrate Chris and René’s commitment and example to inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
“These are the 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. Your volunteer service demonstrates the kind of commitment to your community that moves America to step closer to its great promise,” said President Obama in the personalized letters.
The couples' community and charity affiliations:
“Our Nation faces the most challenges economic crisis in a lifetime. We will only renew America if we all work together. Individuals, the private sector, and government must combine efforts to make real and lasting change so that each person has the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential,” the President went on to say.
“While government can open more opportunities for us to serve our communities, it is up to each of us to seize those opportunities. Thank you for your dedication to service and for doing all you can to shape a better tomorrow for our great Nation,” the President added.
During the gala event in California, Chris and Rene’ also received the Officer of Merit of the Companionate of Merit from the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. The HOSLJ is a non-profit, non-government organization (NGO) and chivalric organization pursuing humanitarian and philanthropic activities around the world.
Others recognized with the
Companionate of Merit Award include:
Sister Helen Prejean
Thomas Park Clement
Jill Virginia Mancino
Dr. Joseph Nasralla
Dr. Joy Watson
Dr. Tom Watson
Dr. Eliezer Ben-Joseph
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