Arnie Green was with us, all the way, with every step. And we were with him. He left our world on October 4, 2011. You can read a tribute to him here.
OREGON ALLIANCE AWARD GIVEN TO
The Oregon Alliance of Children's Programs presented its third annual Rose Otte award for significant achievement to Arnie Green, the executive director of Community Works! in Ashland, Oregon.
Green was revered by US Senator Gordon Smith, and Oregon legislators Senator Lenn Hannon and Representative Judy Uherbelau, in specially prepared statements. Alliance president Dennis Morrow presented the award.
"There is really no way to capture in words what Arnie has meant to the children, youth and families of this earth and especially of Oregon in his nearly 30 years of work in the field," said Morrow.
Green's work on behalf of children's issues has not slowed in thirty years. His genuine commitment and unquestionable dedication has never been exhausted. His quest for appropriate services for challenged youth was driven by unconditional love and a deep faith in the abilities and resiliency of the children themselves. These qualities have influenced many public officials to listen to Green's counsel in setting good policy for children and families.
"'Arnie Green' is the name in Oregon that has struck terror into the heart of many a reluctant public official who failed to recognize their duty to children," continued Morrow.
The award is named after Rose Otte, former executive director of the Alliance, who dedicated her personal and professional life to the welfare of children. The award is given in her honor to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment through leadership, innovation, and long-standing pursuit towards the establishment of public policy which acknowledges and provides for the needs of children in Oregon.