Wow! Community service has come to mean a lot of things, for which Catholic University will present its 11th annual university president's medal for distiguished community service to five area residents on Nov. 20.
The recipients will range from Norma Boyd, the 96-year-old last living founder of the nation's first black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, to Mark Moseley, who almost single-footedly put the Redskins into two Super Bowls.
The annual ceremony on Thanksgiving Tuesday was established jointly by Catholic U and the Madison National Bank in 1973 to recognize citizens whose volunteer work has improved the quality of life in Washington. So it is, as we'll demonstrate shortly, that Moseley won for something beyond place-kicking. Here are the winners:
Norma E. Boyd, a native Washingtonian, who helped found AKA at Howard University in 1908 and also organized the Women's International Religious Fellowship.
Floretta Dukes McKenzie, the D.C. superintendent of schools, honored for improvements in student achievement and encouraging community involvement in the schools.
Mark Moseley, of nearby Haymarket, Va., whose off-the-field activities involve No Greater Love, the Ronald McDonald House, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Friar John Pfannenstiel, director of McKenna House, a rehabilitation project for the homeless that was the subject of a recent series of articles in this newspaper.
Barry Wright, president of Temporaries Inc., a company that supplies temporary workers to offices, whose firm initiated a drive in 1974 that provides Christmastime food to the needy. Last year, it delivered more than 300,000 cans.