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The John & Deloris Crosson Democratic Ideals Award

The annual John and Deloris Crosson Democratic Ideals Award is named after long-time San Lorenzo Valley residents and political activists, who worked tirelessly to support the local Democratic Club and north county democratic issues. John, a U.S. Navy veteran, was confined to a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury but physical limitations never interfered with his advocacy efforts and political activities. Deloris was a uniquely free spirit who demonstrated that we can engage in political activity and still have a good time.

Club members nominate award candidates in April and we present the award at our Spring Fundraiser.

John & Deloris Crosson

2020 Award Winners

Imagine working for over a decade on an extraordinary community project to open the Felton Library and Discovery Park.  The dream is finally realized as the Library opens in February 2020!  And then ... everything closes down.  But COVID-19 was not going to stop us from celebrating the vision and tremendous dedication and hard work of our 2020 Award Winners: 

Nancy Gerdt and Michele Moser

Instead of attending our garden party, Nancy and Michele generously offered a socially-distant tour of their gorgeous gardens when Laura Gonzalez dropped of their bouquets.  Then we all celebrated them Zoom-style!  

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Nancy Gerdt at left

and Michel Moser below

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Gorgeous bouquets were delivered to the awardees by Swallows Secret Garden

Felton Library Friends President Nancy Gerdt and Treasurer Michele Mosher were honored as the 2020 recipients of the John and Deloris Crosson Democratic Ideals Award by the Democratic Club of North Santa Cruz County. Given the current COVID-19 situation, the meeting was held on July 7 via Zoom. Nancy and Michele accepted the award for their leadership on behalf of the scores of volunteers who have been a large part of the realization of the Felton Library and Discovery Park community dream. The efforts of the FLF have spanned 1​5​ years from 2005 with the project’s early planning stages to the grand opening in February ​20​​20​.

Supervisor Bruce McPherson commended Nancy and Michele for all their achievements and their unwavering dedication to the Felton community. Assemblymember Mark Stone presented an Assembly Certificate of Recognition which states: "Your extraordinary leadership and unwavering commitment is the foundation on which the Felton Library and Nature Discovery Park is built. You are proof that passionate hearts committed to a shared vision can accomplish the impossible."

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