NWHN's Unsung Heroine Wins National Award
Longtime NWHN staffer Beverly Thomas is a recipient of Public Citizen's first annual Phyllis McCarthy Public Interest Award. McCarthy, who died in November or 2002, spent 24 years at Public Citizen, primarily as managing editor and office manager of its Health Research Group, whose publications include the newsletters Health Letter and Worst Pills, Best Pills News. The award in her name was developed to recognize "an unsung heroine hero" in the public interest movement in the United States, and "someone without whom the organization would not have thrived." Public Citizen is a nonprofit public interest organization founded in 1971 by Ralph Nader.
Thomas, NWHN's membership coordinator, oversees all aspects of membership services, including database management, newsletter production, new member prospecting, renewals, appeals and fulfillment. After joining NWHN in 1992, she quickly learned membership skills and went on to develop a reputation among NWHN's members, staff and vendors as a warm and caring professional who pays scrupulous attention to detail. As Cynthia Pearson, NWHN's executive director, wrote in the award nomination, "Rush jobs, discount prices, emergency repairs, locating missing business reply mail — all have happened solely because of Beverly's good relationships with the Network's vendors. Our copier repair technician even invited Beverly to attend her wedding!"
In the award ceremony on December 18, Thomas's remarks were brief, gracious and typically humble. After thanking the audience, she said, "My service to the Network has been a labor of love and I am truly in awe that one could be recognized in such a way tor doing something that they love." Thank you, Bev. and congratulations!