City Council Proclamation

I went downtown yesterday to the City County Building to receive a proclamation from Councilman Doug Shields. It was pretty awesome. As I stated in an earlier post, I really didn’t know what a proclamation was, or did, or how any of it worked. It turns that a proclamation is basically a way for the city council to call out groups and individuals for doing good things in/for the city. Aside from me the Graffiti Task Force, the League of Woman Voters (in celebration of their 90th anniversary), Jim T. Kunz Jr. (the county’s “Labor Man of the Year”), and Quantum Theatre also received proclamations.

The way it works is that the city councilperson who is sponsoring the  proclamation calls you up in front of the council chambers (a beautiful room where the council meets – it also has seating for the public) reads a written statement about what you’re doing and how great it is, you get a chance to say whatever you want to say, you take pictures with the city council members while holder the proclamation (which is presented and displayed much the same way as a college degree would be), everyone claps, you feel awesome about yourself, then you go back to your seat.

The whole thing was really cool. Councilman Shields was great and said some really nice things about me and what I’m doing. It was the first time that I met him and was impressed by how nice and how thoughtful his remarks about me were. I really appreciated how much he seemed to really care and be interested in my walk. And, even more impressive, he isn’t stopping at just saying good job, he isn’t just talking the talk, but will be joining me for the beginning of my walk this Sunday at 7:00am and actually walking the walk too. I think that is awesome and will be honored to have him walking alongside me.

Probably the coolest part of the whole this is that the city council declared Sunday August 1st 2010 “Adam Brok Day in the City of Pittsburgh”(I have the documentation to prove it too and as soon as I figure out how to download pictures to my blog I can post a picture of the proclamation). I wasn’t expecting anything like that to happen. I only famous people like Hines Ward or Sidney Crosby got entire days dedicated to them, I guess they have much lower standards then I thought. All in all it was a really cool experience and I was really glad that my parents and younger sister got to be there and watch me receive it. And like I said, I’ll post pictures as soon as I figure out how.

Adam

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About adambrok

My name is Adam Brok. I am a recent graduate of DePauw University, a small liberal arts school in Greencastle, IN, where I was a Philosophy major and Jewish Studies minor. I am also a proud Pittsburgher. I come from a family and environment where helping people in need was just what you did. If you came across a friend, neighbor, or even a complete stranger that was in need of help, you stopped and did what you could to help. It was just as simple as that. As I grew and moved on to college I continued to help where I could. I volunteered as a student friend at a local elementary school where I served as a mentor and tutor to a kindergartner named Jordan and worked with a local church to help run their non-food pantry (where we supplied members of the community on food stamps with essentials like soap, toothpaste, detergent, etc, that cannot be purchased with food stamps). During the summers after my sophomore and junior years respectfully, I volunteered at the University of Pittsburgh Legal Clinic and The Pittsburgh Refugee and Immigration Assistance Center. I also was fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the spring semester of my junior year in Philadelphia where I was a social work/legal intern in the Juvenile Special Defense Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. It was during this semester in Philadelphia that I became really passionate about the issues of hunger and homelessness. It was impossible to walk around downtown Philly for more than ten minutes without seeing someone laying on the sidewalk or sitting in dirty clothes on a park bench asking for food and money. It was a scene I just couldn't get comfortable with seeing. Here I was a young college student without much money of my own, yet I had an apartment I slept in each night and food to wake up to each morning. Why should I be so fortunate and not the guy that slept on the sewer grate every night down the block from my bare, but warm apartment. That is when I decided that I needed to something, something much more and much greater than what I had done in the past. Being an avid exerciser and enjoying taking on physical challenges, I decided that I would walk from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia to raise money and awareness for the hungry and homeless.
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