Last Thursday, August 20, the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (UCCD) presented Senator Gene Davis and Martha Ball
with the 2009 Citizen Diplomat Award.
Excerpts from the UCCD press release:
The Citizen Diplomat Award is presented annually to individuals who have made a significant contribution to citizen diplomacy in the state of Utah. The awards were presented at the 2009 Salute to Utah’s Citizen Diplomats held at the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, Westminster College.
Senator Gene Davis, Senate District 3, has been instrumental in promoting the State of Utah’s global engagement in U.S. public diplomacy and citizen diplomacy through the International Visitor Leadership Program. Citizen diplomacy is the concept that the individual has the right – even the responsibility – to help shape U.S. foreign relations “one handshake at a time.” Senator Davis’ leadership is essential to ensure Utah has the same degree of global engagement found in other western states.
Martha Ball, is the founder and former director of the Utah 3 Rs Project (Rights, Responsibilities, Respect). Mrs. Ball has served as a Trustee for the Utah Council of Citizen Diplomacy, and as a Utah Citizen Diplomat, has welcomed over 50 international visitors from 30 countries into her home.
The Salute for Utah’s Citizen Diplomats is an event like no other – honoring remarkable Utah leaders who promote global understanding and respect between the people of Utah and other nations.