Midtown resident to receive 'Community Champion' honor

Annette Glanckopf Ashton to receive Sen. Jerry Hill's recognition for community work on Jan. 11

Midtown Palo Alto resident Annette Glanckopf Ashton will receive the 13th Senate District Community Champion award on Jan. 11 for her tireless work toward community disaster preparedness and bringing the community together, State Senator Jerry Hill's office said.

Hill will honor Ashton for her efforts in organizing the Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN) association, and for her commitment to disaster preparedness. The honor is given to residents who have "gone the extra mile" to serve their communities and bring people together, Hill's office said.

He will present the certificate to Ashton during the next "Java With Jerry" constituent event on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Printers Cafe, 320 S. California Ave. in Palo Alto. Mark Flegel of Flegel's Furniture in Menlo Park will also be honored as 13th Senate District Small Business of the Year for 2014. The event is open to the public.

Ashton has long been an advocate for neighborhood disaster preparedness. She is a founder of Palo Alto Neighborhoods and spearheads its effort to develop block- and neighborhood-preparedness coordinators, who are trained in communications and basic first aid. The neighborhood groups have become the backbone of the City of Palo Alto's Office of Emergency Services, helping coordinate communications and community aid during a disaster.

Palo Alto Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd said that Hill picked the right person to represent a Palo Alto community champion. She met Ashton when the latter was on the board of Leadership Mid-Peninsula, now Leadership Palo Alto.

Ashton is "very steadfast in her commitment to civic engagement," particularly when it comes to uniting professionals on the city staff and community volunteers around an idea, Shepherd said. She lauded Ashton's effectiveness and her focus in bringing volunteers together to work on some of the labor-intensive aspects of emergency preparedness.

"She's that glue. She's the thread that goes through the needle. She really drills down and gets things done. If we ever have an emergency in Palo Alto, there are a couple of people who will be there before us, and she will be one of them. If there is one volunteer I look to, it is Annette," Shepherd said.

Ashton is retired from a career in strategic planning and business development and information technology in health care. She is the past president of the Peninsula Stroke Association (now the Pacific Stroke Association) and chaired the Santa Clara County Health Advisory Commission's Emergency Medical Services Committee.

She is currently vice-chair of the Midtown Residents Association and a longtime member of the Palo Alto Rotary. In the latter capacity, she worked to organize several volunteer projects, including adding new play structures at Hoover Park and shading the Greer Park picnic area.


Posted by Penny, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jan 8, 2014 at 10:37 am

Congratulations, Annette! It is wonderful to see your good work recognized and honored in this way.

Posted by Brian Steen, a resident of Greater Miranda
on Jan 8, 2014 at 11:17 am

Couldn't agree more. Way to go Annette and Senator Hill!

Posted by Stephanie Smith, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 8, 2014 at 11:39 am

A GREAT choice!

Annette is, and has been for a long time, a hard working volunteer in many areas which contribute to the quality of life in Palo Alto from which we all benefit.

She certainly deserves this recognition, and many more.

Posted by Ginny Lear, a resident of Los Altos
on Jan 8, 2014 at 11:43 am

Congratulations, Annette. With admiration and appreciation for your community commitment.

Posted by Lydia Kou, a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 8, 2014 at 12:11 pm

There is no-one more deserving than Annette...Congratulations Annette!

Posted by Susan Dorsky, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jan 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Congratulations Annette. Well deserved.

Posted by Srinivasan, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Congratulations Annette! Well-deserved recognition! Keep it up!

Posted by Jennifer M., a resident of Midtown
on Jan 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Annette, as Midtown residents we extraordinarily grateful for your work on behalf of our neighborhood and the entire PA Community. You are a gift to the city. Thank you!

Posted by Annette, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 8, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Blush Blush
Thanks to everyone for your kind comments and kudos. I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the success of many many dedicated, brilliant,and tireless volunteers - Palo Altans - who have made our city the best place to live.

Posted by revdreileen, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 8, 2014 at 1:03 pm

revdreileen is a registered user.

Well done, Annette! Your work is a gift to our community.

Posted by Al Dorsky, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jan 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm

I have worked with Annette on disaster preparation in Palo Alto for many years. She is tireless and unstoppable in her efforts to organize neighborhoods and prepare for disaster. This award is well deserved. Congratulations Annette.

Posted by John Martos, a resident of another community
on Jan 8, 2014 at 1:24 pm

A well deserved honor bestowed upon you! Congratulations, Annette.

We aspire to make our city as prepared as you have done in Palo Alto.

John Martos
Chair, Burlingame Neighborhood Network

Posted by Doris Fravert, a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 8, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Congratulations! I'm happy for you. Definitely well deserved!

Posted by Esther NIgenda, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jan 8, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Awesome! Thank you for your tireless contributions to our city.

Posted by Julie O'Grady, a resident of Community Center
on Jan 8, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Congratulations Annette! Your energy is contagious!!!

Posted by Judy Kramer, a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Jan 8, 2014 at 3:51 pm

I add my congratulations. Well-deserved for your longtime service to the community. What have you worked to put in place will help the community in its greatest time of need.

Posted by Glenda Jones, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 8, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Yes! You are an excellent choice for the award. Congratulations for a job (jobs) well done.

Posted by member, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Congratulations, Annette, thank, you, thank you for your tireless efforts in our community!

Posted by Nancy Peterson, a resident of South of Midtown
on Jan 8, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Annette has both vision and remarkable stick-to-itiveness. She does the heavy lifting that makes it easy for other emergency preparedness volunteers to contribute. Thanks and congratulations!

Posted by Kathleen Hughes, a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jan 8, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Congratulations Annette! You are so deserving of accolades and awards for doing so much to create a system for residents to become actively engaged in helping one another and their neighborhoods. You have worked tirelessly for our City- Thank you so much! I am proud to have learned so much from you and have wanted to be involved because of your leadership.

Best Wishes and Heartfelt Congratulations!

Kathleen Hughes
Leland Manor
Co-Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinator

Posted by Megan Fogarty, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 8, 2014 at 10:49 pm

I agree, Annette! Kudos to you and thanks for all you do for our community!

Posted by Sharon Fox, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

Congratulations Annette!

I have worked with Annette on a couple of Public Art projects and she is a dynamo that gets things done. I am glad her hard work for emergency preparedness is being recognized. Everyone should be aware this is only one of the many services she has done for our community.

Posted by Jeanne Kennedy, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 9, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Annette is an extraordinary person whose leadership brings everything she touches to the level of high excellence.

Posted by Stephanie Martinson, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 9, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Congratulations!!! Very excited for you and for all that you do for our community.

Posted by Debra Katz, a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 10, 2014 at 5:09 pm

On behalf of the Utilities Department, I want to say YAY!!!!! You so deserve this!!! We cannot express often enough our great appreciation for all you do for this town. Palo Alto is lucky indeed.

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