Volunteers Recognized for Contributions to the Community

At a dessert reception on November 11, volunteers were honored for their commitment to the River Hill Community Association and village residents. Volunteers are essential to the Association’s governance, leadership, and operations. The Association relies on the skills and energy of its volunteers to assist in providing quality services to River Hill residents and to plan for the future of our community. Members of the Association’s Board of Directors, Resident Architectural Committee, Architectural Committee, Master Plan Committee, Teen Advisory Committee, and others were recognized and enjoyed an opportunity to socialize outside their usual volunteer activities.

Several volunteers received special recognition at the event. Frank Saletel, who began serving on the Village Board in 2005 and served for three consecutive two-year terms, received an achievement award for his service. Throughout his time on the Board of Directors, Frank focused his efforts on providing financial oversight and guidance on matters related to the Columbia Association’s Open Space. Asmi Panigrahi was recognized for her commitment to youth involvement in the community. Asmi served as a Teen Representative for two years before being appointed to the Board of Directors as a Student Member in 2010.

The Volunteer of the Year award was given to Trevor Greene, the Chair of the Association’s Master Plan Committee. Trevor was also a member of the Board of Directors when he took on the leadership role for this Committee. The Association’s Master Plan Committee has been focusing on planning for the future of the River Hill Village Center while also examining the relationship between the Village Center and other development along the MD 108 corridor in Clarksville. In his role as Chairman, Trevor created a blog, riverhillmasterplan.blogspot.com, to help communicate and engage residents on the planning process, he coordinated a walkabout of the Village Center and surrounding area, and he played a key role in coordinating a dialogue with the community via a survey and presentation held in April 2011. Trevor was instrumental in providing testimony before the County Council and Planning Board which resulted in the approval of a County traffic study that is examining traffic patterns and volumes in an effort to improve congestion and access along the MD 108 corridor between MD 32 and Linden Linthicum Lane.

The Association appreciates all of the time and effort that volunteers give to our community – Thank You!

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