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The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County Honors Community Leaders for Their Work on Tobacco Prevention
By Dr. Barry Hummel, Jr., Quit Doc Research and Education Foundation

On May 31, 2011, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County presented their annual Tobacco Prevention Awards to local community leaders at the organization’s quarterly meeting.
    
The Tobacco Prevention Awards are presented each year to groups or individuals who have made an exceptional contribution towards one of the goals of the Tobacco Free Partnership.
    
The 2011 Community Champion Award was presented to Martin County Commissioner Edward Ciampi.  This award is given to the person or group who made the biggest impact in “Promoting and Supporting Tobacco Free Social Norms”.  Commissioner Ciampi was instrumental in supporting and passing a local Tobacco Product Placement Ordinance, the first of its kind in Martin County, as a strategy to reduce youth access to tobacco.

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Commissioner Edward Ciampi receives the 2011 Community Champion Award.



Three Community Partner of the Year Awards were presented.

Dorcas Boucher, the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Advisor from Martin County High School, was presented with the SWAT Advisor of the Year Award.  Ms. Boucher created one of the most unique SWAT Clubs in Florida, and her students participated in many public hearings on tobacco issues in Martin County.

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Dorcas Boucher receives the 2011 SWAT Advisor of the Year Award.



The Shared Services Network of Martin County was recognized as Community Partner of the Year Award.  The organization was recognized for including youth tobacco prevention in its Strategic Plan, and giving equal emphasis to tobacco addiction in its overall youth substance abuse prevention efforts.  Sheriff Robert Crowder and Shared Services Network Facilitator Jill Sheppell accepted the award on behalf of the Shared Services Network.

Shared Service Network

Jill Sheppell (center) and Sheriff Robert Crowder (right) accept the 2011 Community Partner of the Year Award
on behalf of the Shared Services Network of Martin County.



WSTU-AM Radio received the award as Media Partner of the Year AwardWSTU-AM was recognized for promoting the work of the Tobacco Free Partnership through countless Anti-Tobacco Public Service Announcements and interviews with members of the Tobacco Free Partnership.  In addition, WSTU co-sponsors an annual Anti-Tobacco Public Service Announcement Contest for local youth.  Greg Wyatt, Owner and General Manager of WSTU Radio, accepted the award on behalf of the station.

WSTU

General Manager Greg Wyatt accepts the 2011 Media Partner of the Year Award on behalf of WSTU-AM Radio.



Several other Community Partners were recognized for their ongoing work in Martin County.  Community Partners are organizations that work side-by-side with the Tobacco Free Partnership in one of the Partnership’s goal areas.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County received a Community Partner Award for their continued support of the SWAT Program in all five Boys and Girls Club sites throughout the county.  The award was accepted by Ann McCormick and Mike Sancho.

Boys and Girls Clubs

Mike Sancho (left) and Ann McCormick (right) accept a 2011 Community Partner Award
on behalf of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County.



Martin Memorial Health Systems was recognized with a Community Partner Award for promoting tobacco cessation through the Quit to Get Fit Program.  Maureen Robertson, the supervisor of the program, accepted the award on behalf of Martin Memorial.

Martin Memorial Health Systems

Maureen Robertson accepts a 2011 Community Partner Award on behalf of Martin Memorial Health Systems.



The Ohana Surf Shop in Stuart was also given a Community Partner Award for promoting Tobacco Free Beaches at its annual Single Fin Showdown Surf Contest.  This event, held each year on Stuart Beach, serves as a fundraiser for the United Way of Martin County.

Ohana

Justin Beard accepts a 2011 Community Partner Award on behalf of the Ohana Surf Shop.

 

Four Community Hero Awards were presented.  Community Heroes are individuals who have taken a leadership role in the Tobacco Free Partnership in one of the Partnership’s goal areas.

Kristen Carbone, Martin County High School’s Leadership Teacher, received a Community Hero Award for her work on Youth Leadership and Policy Change.

Carbone

Martin County High School SWAT President Emily Garrett accepts a 2011
Community Hero Award on behalf of Kristin Carbone.



Robyn Vanover from the Martin County School District, accepted a Community Hero Award for work on a Comprehensive Tobacco Free Policy on K-12 Public School Campuses.

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Robyn Vanover of the Martin County School District receives a 2011 Community Hero Award.



Charlie Nail, a Board Member of the American Cancer Society and a co-founder of the Martin County Nu-Voice Club for laryngectomy patients, received a Community Hero Award for his work on Youth Tobacco Education and Prevention.

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Charlie Nail, Board Member of the American Cancer Society, receives a 2011 Community Hero Award.



Rob Raneri of Keep Martin Beautiful, was recognized as a Community Hero for incorporating SWAT Clubs in local beach and park clean ups, and for working with SWAT and the Tobacco Free Partnership on a litter ordinance that would prevent tobacco trash from spoiling our public parks, beaches, and waterways.

Finally, three Community Stars were recognized.  Community Stars are individuals who brought new tobacco issues and potential policy changes to the attention of the Tobacco Free Partnership.

Jennifer Howell of Tykes and Teens and Darcy Flierl of Project Northland were recognized as Community Stars for their work on a possible Alternative to Out of School Suspension Program for violators of the current zero tolerance policy for youth tobacco possession on public school campuses. 

Tykes and Teens

Darcy Flierl (left) and Jennifer Howell (right) receive 2011 Community Star Awards.



Harriet Busch, a local retiree and condominium owner, received a Community Star Award for her work on secondhand smoke in condominium complexes.  Mrs. Busch began working on this before discovering the Tobacco Free Partnership, and has changed the Partnership’s approach to smoke-free multi-unit housing in Martin County.  Some of her work has carried over to the state level, and is reflected in new statewide materials on smoke-free multi-unit housing, including development of an expanded section on the Tobacco-Free Florida Website.

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Harriet Busch receives a 2011 Community Star Awards.



The work of the Tobacco Free Partnership would not be possible without the support and the effort of all of its members, but this year’s award winners went well beyond the call of duty to make a positive difference in Martin County.

For more information on the work of the Tobacco Free Partnership, or to become a member, contact Valerie Graham at vgraham@quitdoc.com, or visit www.tfp-martin.org.