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John Muir Inducted in the Extra Mile Volunteer Pathway, Washington D.C.

April 22, 2009 - John Muir Inducted in the Extra Mile Volunteer Pathway, Washington, D.C.

Visitors examine a medallion on the Extra Mile Volunteer Pathway 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. 

Unveiling of the John Muir Medalliion at the April 22, 2009 Induction Ceremony for the Extra Mile Volunteer PathwayJohn 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.


Acceptance of John Muir Medalliion at Induction Ceremony for Extra Mile Volunteer Pathway by Ron Henry, Chair of hte Sierra Club's Maryland Chapter (center)Sierra Club volunteer representatives at Induction Ceremony for John Muir Medalliion of the Extra Mile Volunteer Pathway - left to right - Steve Bruckner Virginia Chapter Conservation Chair, Julia Locascio Membership Chair of the Washington D.C. Chapter, and Ron Henry, Chair of the Sierra Club's Maryland ChapterLeft: The 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.  

Extra Mile Medallion at Induction Ceremony April 22, 2009 - Photo by Steven BrucknerThe 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 King, Jr.

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.


Right: 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.:

Orbit of Minor Planet Johnmuir - 2004PX42

[Image courtesy of The Extra Mile]


For more information :

John Muir- Honoree on Extra Mile Pathway - from the Points of Light Institute (off-site link)

May 3, 2009 - Updated July 17, 2009


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