Above, top, J.R. Dreyer and Louise Adler. Below, Mayor Henrietta Davis, J.R. Dreyer, and Cambridge Community Foundation’s Bob Hurlbut.
On May 14, 2013, Cambridge’s Senior Volunteer Clearinghouse celebrated the outstanding service of several individuals who have given their time, talents and energy to enrich the Cambridge community. Veteran CSV volunteers J.R. Dreyer and Louise Adler were both recognized for their exemplary service to public school students at the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS).
In 1996, Louise began tutoring CRLS students at 7:30 a.m. in English as a Second Language and intermediate French before going to her full-time job. Then, nine years ago, Louise was recruited to join the CSV Board, taking on more and more responsibility. In 2006, she became the Board President and has been presiding over that body ever since with a passion and dynamism that has allowed CSV to thrive. She has also kept in touch with many of her former students and continues to give her time and energy as a tutor, twice per week for the past 18 years. In addition to her tutoring, Louise loves to travel and is an avid sailor. You might find her behind the helm of a sloop in some faraway sea.
J.R. is also no stranger to CRLS. He has been tutoring two mornings a week for the last 12 years. A professional translator, he speaks five languages and is a shining star to nervous new arrivals from all over the globe who are delighted when J.R. greets them in their native tongue. Tutoring is truly J.R.’s calling. He delights in helping students who are not literate in their own language. He views this as a challenge and creates educational materials tailored to their needs. Like Louise, J.R. loves to travel and can often be found translating for the State Department in various locales.
Bob Hurlbut, executive director of the Cambridge Community Foundation, Mayor Henrietta Davis and Carol Lieberman, Senior Volunteer Clearinghouse director, presented both Louise and J.R. with special certificates at the event. CSV thanks staffers Rene Meshon and Laura Margosian for nominating two such stellar volunteers for the Senior Clearinghouse awards, and we are thrilled to be able to count them as our own.