In 2009, out-going President Ronnie Fussell established the Melody Starr Anne Bishop Award for unsung community service by a citizen or organization.  The first award was presented posthumously to the award's namesake, Melody Starr Anne Bishop, the daughter of Council Member Bill Bishop (District 2) and his wife Melody Bishop.

Melody Starr Anne Bishop, who died in March 2009 at age 21 from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), was well known for her devotion to her community, her church, and to numerous causes large and small which she pursued with passion and enthusiasm until her untimely death.  The award is given annually by the out-going Council President to recognize the countless acts of civic involvement and neighborly assistance that take place around the City every day that contribute to the City's quality of life.

AWARD RECIPIENTS

2017
Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol
Clean Water Society
Groundwork Jacksonville
Island Keepers
Rising Tides

 

2016
Cultural Council of
Greater Jacksonville
2015
Seniors on a Mission
2014
Emily Lisska
2013
Dr. Wayne Wood
2012
Ann Dugger
2011
Nathaniel 'Nate' Glover
2010
Bill Kintz
2009
Starr Bishop