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File #: 2021-2194    Version: 1
Type: Proclamation Status: Adopted
File created: 11/12/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/16/2021 Final action: 11/16/2021
Enactment date: 11/16/2021 Enactment #: 781
Effective date: 11/16/2021    
Title: WHEREAS, John Roell has been an exemplary volunteer residing in the Sheraden neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh. He has been a member of Kiwanis club of Sheraden since 1995 and received the Legion of Honor for his service in Kiwanis in 2020; and,
Sponsors: Theresa Kail-Smith, All Members
Indexes: PROCLAMATION - MRS. KAIL-SMITH
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WHEREAS, John Roell has been an exemplary volunteer residing in the Sheraden neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh. He has been a member of Kiwanis club of Sheraden since 1995 and received the Legion of Honor for his service in Kiwanis in 2020; and,

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WHEREAS, Mr. Roell is a retired Language Arts Teacher from the Pittsburgh Public School District where he taught at Allegheny Middle School, Columbus Middle School and Greenway Middle School and is an advocate of promoting childhood literacy; and,

WHEREAS, there was no end to his volunteerism and community pride; he has read to children at the former Train-Up-A-Child Daycare Center and at the Kiwanis Biggest Bedtime Story event each March; he has collected aluminum pop and beer can tabs for the Ronald McDonald Houses in Pittsburgh; and,

WHEREAS, Mr. Roell takes daily walks through the Sheraden community collecting litter he sees along his way, choosing different paths each time; he has served as master of ceremonies at the Sheraden Community's Halloween Event and has assisted in the Santa shop at downtown department stores and at the Sheraden Shines, event leading the crowd in holiday caroling. He has even assisted University of Pittsburgh medical students by portraying patients with different ailments for training; and,

WHEREAS, John Roell has served our country in the U.S. Navy and has honored veterans for over 10 years by planting flowers, grown in his own yard, around the monument in Sheraden. He then carries gallon bottles of water to the monument to keep the flowers watered; and,

WHEREAS, Mr. Roell has a passion for musical theater and has even dabbled in some local productions. He is an avid bird watcher, many of which are visible in his back yard which borders Sheraden Park, and loves to share his knowledge with whoever will listen. He even makes his own jellies from berries grown his yard; and,

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of the City of Pittsburgh does hereby comm...

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