John Muir Inducted in the
Extra Mile Volunteer Pathway, Washington
April 22, 2009 - John Muir Inducted in the Extra Mile Volunteer
Pathway, Washington, D.C.
The Extra Mile — Points
of Light Volunteer Pathway is a new national monument
dedicated to the spirit of volunteering in America.
Honoring heroes of
our Nation’s volunteer movements, the Extra Mile is formed by a series
of bronze medallions creating a one-mile walking path in the heart of downtown
Washington, DC. From founders of major service organizations to leaders of
the civil rights and suffrage movements, the 24 honorees to date selflessly
championed causes to help others realize a better America. Their legacies
are enduring social movements that continue to engage and inspire us today.
John Muir, along with several other notable volunteers
of American history was inducted into the Extra Mile Volunteer
Pathway at a luncheon Induction Ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in
Washington, D.C. on April 22, 2009.
120 guests witnessed the official unveiling of the 2009
Extra Mile Inductee medallions, museum-mounted and dramatically lit
on stage, before they were installed in their permanent places along
the Extra Mile Pathway.
Left: The John Muir Medallion is seen here, inveiled
by Julie Tesh, Miss North Carolina International for 2009, whose pageant
platform is advocating volunteerism.
Sierra Club was represented at the event by three chapter volunteers.
Left to right: Steve Bruckner, Virginia Chapter Conservation Chair;
Julie Locascio, Membership Chair of the Washington, D.C. Chapter; and
Ron Henry, Chair of the Sierra Club's Maryland Chapter.
Right: Maryland Chapter Chair Ron Henry (center) is shown here
receiving the John Muir plaque from Dr. Timothy Shriver, CEO Special
Olympics (the keynote speaker at the program) and Michelle Nunn, CEO
Points of Light Institute.
Induction Ceremony was in recognition of National Volunteer Week, and
coincidentally was held on Earth Day, the day after John Muir's birthday.
The 2009 induction ceremony five honorees,
including, in addition to John Muir, environmentalist Rachel Carson;
Roger Baldwin Founder,
ACLU; Clifford Beers, Founder, Modern Mental Health Movement; Samuel
Gompers, Founder AFL-CIO; and Rober Smith/William
Wilson, Co-Founders, Alcoholics Anonymous.
John Muir and the other
2009 inductees join existing honorees including many others, Susan
B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Cesar Chavez, Helen Keller, and Martin Luther
The sponsor of the event, the Points of Light Institute, unveiled the medallions
onstage, with the representatives from each organization in attendance. The
event was part of the mission of the Points of Light Institute to inspire,
support and incubate innovation in volunteer leadership.
The John Muir Extra Mile Medallion as unveiled
at the April 22, 2009 Induction Ceremony. Soon, the medallion will be
installed in the sidewalk, as shown in the similar medallion shown in
the upper right photo.
Below: Medallion Concept artwork for the John Muir Medallion
placed on the Extra Mile Volunteer Pathway in Washington, D.C.:
[Image courtesy of The Extra Mile]
For more information :
Muir- Honoree on Extra Mile Pathway - from the Points of Light Institute
May 3, 2009 - Updated July 17, 2009
John Muir Exhibit
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