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Walk the Talk Award

A major component of the Leadership Columbus experience is the Group Project – putting all the leadership rhetoric and information into action.

Participants in the Leadership Columbus signature program have benefited the community at large through the completion of small group projects executed during their ten month study program.

The Group Projects reflect leadership in action and that is why we have created the “Walk the Talk” Awards.

Spring Forward: A Benefit for Franklinton Gardens (2012)

Group Project Members: Regis Duffy, Heather Forry, Deirdre McDonald, Phillip Sineneng, Chris Swank, Alex Trevino, Bobbie Jo Trittschuh

SPRING FORWARD! was a family-friendly evening of fun, food and art held on May 11, 2012 to raise funds for, and awareness of, Franklinton Gardens, an urban agricultural initiative in one of Columbus’s most historic neighborhoods. Held at the 400 West Rich Street Arts Complex in Franklinton, SPRING FORWARD! featured a food truck court, coordinated through Dinin’ Hall, Columbus’s innovative food truck hub. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams was also on hand, donating proceeds from ice cream sales to the event. The folk/country/ bluesy musical stylings of Joshua P. James and the Paper Planes provided entertainment throughout the night, as over 400 guests perused original artwork from the students of Avondale and West Mound Elementary Schools, and bid on auction packages and artwork generously donated by over a dozen local businesses and individuals. The event raised over $12,000 for Franklinton gardens, including $3,000 in proceeds and over $8,500.00 in contributions from corporate sponsors and individuals secured prior to the events The group’s sponsor- ship request also brought further attention to a grant request previously submitted by Franklinton Gardens, which resulted in an additional $10,000.00 grant from Mt. Carmel Health Systems. We salute the efforts of this group in organizing this collaborative, highly successful event!

Columbus GreenSpot (2008)

Group Project Members: Laura Anthony, Adam Ferguson, Matt McCollister, Kirk Phillips and Christine Sadic

The Columbus GreenSpot project team assisted with the design and implementation of the City’s GreenSpot initiative, a component of Mayor Coleman’s Get Green Columbus Program. TheMayor’s program was intended to inspire, educate and recognize community members in their efforts to promote a more sustainable and healthier environment for the current and future citizens of Columbus, The project team developed the program name and logo;prepared an action plan to guide the effort of the City, media partners and sponsors; and, assisted with media relations website content and other support for the July 2008 launch. To date, Columbus GreenSpot has 1,700 members who are dedicated to making a big impact on the health and future of Columbus.

Consider Biking Toolkit (2009)

Group Project Members: Joel Diaz, Chris Malinowski and Kermit Whitfield

This group created a complete guide to implementing employer-based programs that encourage bicycling to work. Citing incentives, such as reducing healthcare costs, attracting and retaining talented employeesm and recognition as an environmental leader, the Consider Biking Two-Wheel Toolkit provides companies with pragmatic reasons why they should promote an acticity that improves the quality of life for residents in Columbus.

DRAC – Downtown Resident’s Association Columbus (2003)

Group Project Members: Andrea Garner, Sid Hargro, Shyam Rajadhyaksha, Daryll Rardon, John Shockley, Kevin Wood

The Downtown Resident’s Association was created in response to Mayor Coleman’s initiative to bring 10,000 new residents living in downtown Columbus in the next decade.  In 2003, the DRAC made its debut at City Hop, the tour of downtown homes.  That summer, the group also recruited board members, established its nonprofit status, and raised seed money from Capital Couth, Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District and the Downtown Development Corporation.  Today, the DRAC holds monthly meetings and serves almost 650 residents… helping them to “Urbanize their Lives”.

Downtown Dog Park (2004)

Group Project Members: Janet Berry, Suzanne DeWoody, Mary Jane Gerhardstein, Liz Leahy

This team continued the effort to make Columbus a great place to live, work and play. They assisted in the formation of the Downtown Dog Park Association with a passion and commitment to support downtown revitalization. The association’s mission is to establish off leash dog exercise areas in close proximity to urban housing to support the development of a thriving downtown community. To date the group has raised awareness and interest with the Columbus City Council and the Columbus Recreations & Parks Department, researched models for urban dog exercise areas and associations, met with urban dwellers to identify their needs and seek their support, and opened the first dogpark at the cormer of 4th and Spring.

Pink Loves Green (2009)

Group Project Members: Nancy Johnston, Laura Kraus, Christy Borror, Regan Walsh, Tracie Ransom

The 
Pink 
Loves
 Green 
group 
marshaled
 resources 
to 
help 
Komen 
Columbus
 bring 
recycling 
to 
the
 Race
 for 
the 
Cure.

 The 
race 
has
 been 
in
 existence
 for a n
umber 
of 
years and
 recycling 
had
 been
 on
 the
 race
 organizers 
wish 
list.

 With
 the
 help
 of 
22 
volunteers,
 the
 Pink
 Loves
 Green
 team
 worked
 throughout 
the
 event 
to
 collect 
trash
 and
 move 
bins
 to
 locations 
where 
trash
 receptacles
 were
 needed. 

Rumpke 
worked
 with
 Komen 
Columbus 
on 
this 
effort
 and
 reported
 that 
1.28 
tons 
of
 materials
 were
 recycled
 after
 the
 2009 
Race
 for 
the 
Cure.

STAR Bear Program of Nationwide Children’s Hospital (1999)

Group Project Members: Ray Adams, Eric Colombo, Jim Kapp, John Lane, Donna Teach

STAR Bear, (School Transitions and Re-Entry) was the mascot developed by this group project.  It is a stuffed animal and acts as an ambassador between the classroom and the child undergoing treatment at the hospital.  STAR Bear wears a backpack that carries notes, gifts or other remembrances to and from the child and his classmates from the classroom to the hospital.