Dear John – Pictured above is page 80 of the October 2006 issue of San Diego Magazine, featuring photos from the 2006 Richard P. Geyser President's Ethics Award Program sponsored by the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation.
I was asked to chair the first year of this countywide effort to promote ethical values and celebrate individuals whose personal, public service and professional activities have consistently demonstrated high ethical behaviors.
Mr. Leon Williams was selected as the 2006 Award Recipient and, apart from the recognition and an engraved silver bowl, was awarded the opportunity to direct a $5,000 gift from the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation to the charity of his choice. He chose the Leon Williams Scholarship Fund at the San Diego Foundation. The scholarship fund provides educational support to graduating African-American high school seniors who go on to attend a four-year accredited college or university pursuing degrees in health care or health services programs.
It was an honor to help put this annual program together and I am looking forward to serving as "Past Chair" for the 2007 Ethics Award Program. This is exemplary of the kinds of things which engage my heart and mind in my retirement!
By the way, the Ethics Award Event was held at a black-tie gala aboard the USS Midway in San Diego Harbor on the evening of June 24, 2006. 550 people attended. Marti Emerald, KGTV Investigative Reporter, was the Program's emcee. It was an honor to celebrate Dr. Larry Hinman, USD Professor of Ethics, Walter Lam, President and CEO of the African American Alliance, and especially retired County Supervisor Leon Williams (the Award Recipient) for their consistent high ethics behaviors, promotion of high ethical standards and other civic accomplishments.

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