The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 3, 2009


Carlisle’s 2009 Honored Citizens:
Keith and Bonnie Greer

[Ed note: Dave Reed, speaking without notes, introduced the award winners Keith and Bonnie Greer. The following is a transcript made from a video of his remarks.]

Honored Citizens Bonnie and Keith Greer. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

I was asked this year if I would take the microphone and make the award for the outstanding citizen and I’m happy to do that. It’s a great pleasure.

I figured though that I could probably set a record here today for the shortest presentation ever, if I just said let’s make a list of all the things this awardee has not done for this town. There you go, it’s over. You know, we can start the parade.

No, no that’s not fair. But if you look at the list of all that this awardee has contributed to this town I figure the parade would be over and the barbeque’d be half gone before I’d finished. So I said let’s not do that. Let’s take a look at the essence of what this awardee has meant to our town and has brought to all of us as a community.

Over three decades ago, our awardee came to Carlisle and in that time, if you’d been in the Fire Department in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s you’d know what I was talking about. And if you had a child in the middle school athletic program you’d know what I’m talking about. If you had a child who was in the scouts programs you’d know. If you had anything to do with, or went to see any of the plays the town put on over the years to raise money, you’d know. Anytime you had a need that was made known to this awardee, you would have known.

It’s kind of ironic that the award was created just about the time the awardee came to live among us in Carlisle. The award, as you know, is given to that person or persons who made our lives richer and who made our town a place we proudly call home.

Over the years, the award has finally aged to the level of perfection worthy of giving to our awardee. I should point out that I use the word awardee because… Well, it’s a term, but it’s singular. This awardee is not singular. This awardee is a pair. They have always served us in this town as one, and they serve for us one and all. They go forward to carry the message of making others’ lives richer and making other communities worldwide a place that other people of the world can proudly call home.

If you’d ever stood close to these people I will tell you this, you would have felt what I’ve just said. You would also have come about as close as you’ll ever come to be in the presence of a saint. Join me in welcoming 2009 Honored Citizens, Keith and Bonnie. ∆

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