2007 Thomas O. Davis Award

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Lee Ann Harvey Receives Thomas O. Davis Public Servant Award

Lee Ann Harvey award winner
From left: Charles Hammonds (2006 award winner), DBA President Jason Conn, Lee Ann Harvey, City Manager Peggy Merriss, Susan Davis Bennett and Mayor Bill Floyd.
The Decatur Business Association has presented the seventh annual Thomas O. Davis Public Servant Award to Lee Ann Harvey, coordinator of Volunteer! Decatur. Lee Ann has served the city for seven years.

She coordinates volunteers for a variety of events, including the Arts Festival, Beach Party, Great Decatur Beer Tasting Festival, Tour of Homes, AJC Decatur Book Festival, and more. She serves as the city’s liaison in coordinating the Christmas Decatur/A Season of Giving, which provides gifts for needy Decatur children and seniors, and the annual three-day Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project, which helps senior homeowners. She consistently does more than is required of her job, as shown in the three nominations she received.

Cynthia and Ethel Walker, who were part of the MLK Jr. Service Project, said in their nomination, “Lee Ann has made a world of difference to my mother, myself and her home . . . we could never repay Lee Ann for all of her hard work, time, and patience and for all she did to help over the past two years.”

Steve Vogel said, “I cannot imagine a City of Decatur employee who embodies the spirit of Decatur more than Lee Ann Harvey. She has become an indispensable part of the things Decatur is famous for – volunteerism and community spirit. Decatur is known locally and nationally for our many festivals and community events; none of these would be as successful were it not for the legions of volunteers that Lee Ann recruits, organizes, and motivates. Her spirit of dedication, service, and altruism serve as an example to all who come in contact with her.”

Charles A. Hammonds, the 2006 Thomas O. Davis Award recipient and volunteer zone coordinator for the MLK Jr. Service Project, said, “As a former city employee, I was already aware of Lee Ann’s uncanny ability to recruit volunteers for the various projects, but was not familiar with her phenomenal coordination skills until seeing her in action at the MLK Jr. Service Project. As the Operations Team planned the project, we expected a maximum of 500 volunteers. Instead more than 700 volunteers showed up ready to work and I watched with great fascination as Ms. Harvey adroitly assigned every single volunteer to one of the 11 homes selected for the project . . . Ms. Harvey does what she does rather effortlessly, but she is truly an asset to the City of Decatur and I want to go on record saying so.”

The DBA established the award in memory of Thomas O. Davis, Decatur’s city attorney from 1968 until his death in 2000. The first award was presented to the family of Thomas O. Davis in January 2001. Previous recipients include Virginia Atchison, 2002; Willie Shoemake, 2003; Jennifer Ross, 2004; Alma Fleetwood, 2005; and Charles A. Hammonds, 2006. City Manager Peggy Merriss presented the award along with Susan Davis Bennett, daughter of Thomas O. Davis, DBA President Jason Conn and Mayor Bill Floyd.