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James Grasso, T-CEP Volunteer of the Year
May 17, 2012 - By Lynn Dickhoff
PHOTO BY TERRY COX
In a surprise move during the May 7 meeting, T-CEP Chairman, James Grasso, was honored as the 2012 T-CEP Volunteer of the Year.
Colleague, Bryce Anderson, painted a bright picture of James as a person with a disease that afflicts all T-CEP volunteers at one level or another: the inability to say no when asked to help a friend, neighbor, or stranger.
Grasso is a man of many talents who doesnt hesitate to jump in and get many tasks done, Anderson said, be it communicating disaster information, acting as T-CEP liaison to various government agencies or remodeling buildings.
Whatever is needed. He does it all. He is a meticulous leader who makes sound decisions and does the work of three ordinary people.
Trying to imagine T-CEP without James Grasso makes me break out in a cold sweat, Anderson concluded.
The perpetual trophy handed to Grasso originated in 2005 when the huge rock fell on the Topanga Canyon Boulevard S curves in a year with more than 60-inches of rainfall.
Alli Acker, hiked down the closed canyon road and brought back the trophy, a chunk of the boulder that is presented with a poster that says, You Rock, T-CEP Volunteer of the Year. n