Carl Henn Memorial Bicycle Advocacy Award 2012

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Hi I'm Randy Schools, with the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association.
And we just wanted to do a special thing.
Today, as you're well aware, is Bike To Work Day.
And not only within the NIH community, but within the R&W community,
we've put together just a wonderful little ceremony here to recognize someone who's
done so much for the cycling world.
It is also to honor Carl Henn and his advocacy award.
So I'm going to turn it over to Diane a little bit.
And we're going to go through a little process here and bear with us.
We're very fortunate today, if you can hold up your hands, this is Carl's mom and dad.
They came all the way up from around Austin Texas, and his wife Carol, who is with us.
As you well know, Carl was the person who helped begin what is now known
as the bicycle commuter club.
Thank you Randy.
Hi everybody.
I hope you had a great ride in this morning.
Great weather today, fortunately.
So the way this is going to work is we're going to have a few words from Nancy Breen,
who was a co-worker of Carl Henn.
She'll remember him, with a few words and then I'll announce this year's
2012 Carl Henn Bicycle Advocacy Award winner.
So Nancy Breen.
Thank you Diane.
Well good morning everybody.
Thank you so much for coming out.
It's a beautiful day and it's bright and early.
Thank you very much for being here.
Today is the presentation of the first annual NIH Carl Henn bike Commuter Award.
I think I don't have that quite right, in terms of the title.
Bicycle Advocacy Award.
Her name's not on there, but we'll leave that as a surprise.
So I'm Nancy Breen, as Diane said, a Rockville resident and NCI employee and
a member of the Rockville Bike Advisory Committee.
I'm honored to share a few words about Carl's life.
I want to thank Diane, the organizer of the the NIH Bike to Work Day, and the Welfare and
Recreation Association for extending this privilege to me.
Carl cared deeply about his family, his community and the environment he lived
and worked in.
Carl lived these values more deeply than anyone else I've ever known.
Although we always knew that his values resonated through every aspect of Carl's life,
his memorial service reminded us of just how deeply his commitment and
passion for bicycling ran.
We all enjoy cycling for the fun and fitness it brings into our lives.
Well Carl certainly enjoyed bicycling as well.
Adding pollution to the environment by driving actually pained Carl, as his wife Carol
told us at the memorial.
At the memorial, those who spoke about his commitment to gardening painted an image of
Carl cycling five miles from his home to the King Farm Garden, carrying spades, shovels
and other large tools on his bike.
Transportation via cycling was just one important way that Carl put
his principles into practice.
Carl also demonstrated commitment to living out his values at NIH.
At the NIH Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management, Carl was responsible for
implementing training.
A few years ago, new training deadlines were approaching,
but the monitoring system wasn't ready.
Staff emotions were reaching the boiling point.
Carl Henn stepped in.
Even though it took him months to work out the problems, Carl emailed regular updates to
us that rendered our Kafkaesque situation hilarious.
Carl's humor defused our anger and instead of blowing our tops, staff looked forward to
Carl's next email.
He both turned a potentially volatile situation into one that we could all laugh about
together and made sure the problem got fixed.
That was Carl.
Principled and clear about what needed to get done.
Yet committed to thoughtfully communicating to defuse an impossible
situation with his characteristic self-effacing wit.
Carl endorsed what he called the hierarchy of resource management: reduce, reuse,
recycle, and re-buy.
As Diane Fraser, director OALM said at his memorial, from his biking to work, to his
commitment to recycling, Carl was true to his beliefs.
One of the few people who walked the walk and talked the talk.

Carl was president of the NIH bike commuter club from 2000 to 2005.
He made many contributions as president, one of which was adding the
NIH pit stop at Executive Boulevard.
But perhaps his most important contribution to the BCC was having the foresight to ask
Angela Atwood-Moore to succeed him.
Angela was always coming up with great new ideas for the BCC and Carl to carry out.
At one point Carl said to Angela:
"You know, you have so many great ideas and so much enthusiasm for getting things
started, would you consider becoming the Club's president?"
He made a motion to the club over the listserve.
No one opposed it, and then Angela was president.
In addition to the NIH commuter award, Carl's home town of Rockville has also
recognized his contributions to cycling.
Carl was an active volunteer for the Rockville Bike Advisory Committee and a wellspring
of ideas for improving bicycling in Rockville.
When Carl proposed an idea, he usually had a strategy on how to move it forward and he
would volunteer to get it done.
Carl's final contribution to cycling in Rockville was to improve signage on
Rockville's bike beltway, the Millennium Trail.
After his death, the city re-named it the Carl Henn Millennium Trail.
My NCI colleague Cary Clobundi organized the first Carl Henn
memorial bike ride last summer.
Please let me know if you're willing to help organize another ride this year or next.
This new NIH bike commuter award recognizes Carl Henn's leadership and
acknowledges other important leaders in the NIH biking community.
The award is given to an outstanding bike commuter and activist/advocate,
in Carl's memory.
Before the first Carl Henn NIH commuter award is presented, on behalf of the
NIH biking community, I would like to thank Carl's wife Carol, their daughter Jennifer,
and his mother and father for joining us.
The Carl Henn award will be a reminder of Carl's legacy, as well as a challenge to all of
us to channel Carl's optimism, creativity and persistence.
As Carl was deeply aware, we have accomplished much --- and there remains
much more to do.
As Carl's accomplishments demonstrate, persistence does eventually pay off.
So hang in there.
Thank you very much.
Thank you, Nancy, for those comments.
I just want to mention that it was a very easy decision --- who to award this prize to
this year.
We had many nominations and they were nearly unanimous for this one individual.
Rather than write a full description of everything this person has done, I just want
to highlight some of the things that were included in one of the
very well written nominations.
This person has been a passionate and tremendously effective advocate for bicycle
commuters at the NIH and in the local region.
They have helped the NIH Transportation Office improve campus access for bicycles,
spearheaded efforts to survey bicycle parking on campus, leading to improvements in rack
allocation, developed the bike bucks program in cooperation with local bicycle shops and
the NIH fitness center, and single-handedly ran this time-consuming
program for several years.
I'm going to leave it at that.
There's a much longer list.
But we all know that this person has done an incredible amount of work for advancing
cycle commuting at the NIH.
Without further ado, I want to announce this year's winner of the Carl Henn Memorial
Bicycle Advocacy Award, Angela Atwood-Moore
So for all of her hard work, we have two prizes for Angela.
One is small trophy for her to display, showing her victorious accomplishments for
cyclists, with her name engraved and the Carl Henn Memorial Award...
Advocacy underneath.
And we also have a gift certificate for a local restaurant that we think Carl would have
approved of, called Seasons 52, which features many local produce
and seasonal produce.
So thank you Angela for all you've done.
I know you've been an inspiration to me, in terms of advocacy and making bicycling
better for all.

I just want to say there are a couple of kinds of advocates and
both kinds are important.
Carl was so great because he stuck to it.
He didn't make people angry.
He knew how to be diplomatic.
He knew how to talk people into stuff without them knowing they were
being talked into it.
I was much more the thorn in your side type.
I made a lot of people angry.
But both kinds are important.
Both kinds are necessary.
So if you don't think you'd be a good bike advocate or bike leader,
you're probably wrong.
'Cause we need the strong silent type and we need the agitators.
We need them both.
We need lots more people advocating, with whatever their social strength is.
So like Diane said, and like Nancy said, hang in there.
Keep pushing.
Keep asking for what we need, and slowly but surely, we get it.
Thank you.