I have been extremely honored to receive the Independence Institute’s 2010 prestigious Vern Bickel Award for Grassroots Leadership. On Thursday November 18th, the Independence Institute held its 26th Annual Founders Dinner in Denver and presented this award to me.
The Vern Bickel Award
The award is given annually to one grassroots leader in memory of Vern Bickel, who passed away in August 2000. Bickel left a legacy of community activism, political mentorship, and heroic challenges to political correctness. Often from behind the scenes and without seeking credit, Bickel was the “Johnny Appleseed” of the economic and personal freedom movement in Colorado. He provided great financial and personal leadership for the Institute, the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, and the TABOR Amendment.
In addition to receiving the award, a huge highlight was that Shari Williams formally presented it to me. Shari is President of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, my recent stomping grounds for training in both leadership skills and founding principles. I am a proud graduate of the 2010 LPR class. Thank you Shari for your leadership, vision, and mentorship.
Thank you also to my family, readers, friends, co-laborers, and followers who have supported, encouraged, and inspired me to speak, act, and fight for precious freedom. Without all of you I wouldn’t have been eligible for something like this.
Now… let’s all press on and bring the award of freedom back to her rightful place in America.
Photography by Paul D deBerjeois, www.ColorBandit.com. Thank you, Paul!