Citizens For A Better Norwood

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A perfect day for NSL’s Open House and Building Dedication

Norwood Service League’s Open House and Building Dedication today honoring Bill and Vivian Graff was a treat to attend in every way, including the beautiful weather. A complete guided tour of the building prior to the 11:30 a.m. dedication was proof positive why there is now a plaque on the right hand front side that says, “Graff Building In Honor of Williams and Vivian Graff." The Graff’s attention to detail shouldn’t have been surprising (remember the gorgeous Victorian dollhouse he built that was in not one, but two drawings a few years ago?), but was, nonetheless, amazing. Of course, Bill was quick to tell everyone he couldn’t have done the renovation without a lot of help from other volunteers.

Among this morning’s Open House attendees were Harriet Arnold, who began volunteering at Norwood Service League 60 years ago; former Cincinnati Mayor Dwight Tillery who is currently the CEO and President of Closing the Health Gap in Greater Cincinnati which provides funding to NSL; Councilperson Mike Gabbard; Kevin Raines, pastor of Vineyard Central Church; Casey Brown with the Norwood Fireworks Committee; and Mayor Tom Williams and Mrs. Williams.

Liz Wenker, Board Chair of Norwood Service League, welcomed about thirty guests to the outdoor Building Dedication Ceremony, followed by Mayor Williams reading the “Norwood Service League Day” proclamation. Next, Executive Director Lupe Gonzales Hoyt unveiled the Graff Building plaque and made the official dedication. After some modest remarks by both Bill and Vivian Graff praising others for all their help, Pastor Jerry E. Jones of the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church offered the Dedication Prayer.

The Open House goes until 3:00 p.m. today, so stop by if you can and enjoy the festivities.