Local man receives presidential award

  • Tue Sep 14th, 2010 7:35pm

By Mina Williams Enterprise editor

EDMONDS — An Edmonds man is one of four members of the local Machinists Union to be honored by the White House for his community service efforts.

Chris Louie, who works for Boeing in Everett, was presented recently with a bronze-level Presidential Service Award for his 164 hours of volunteer work in 2009.

The awards are given by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to individuals who can certify that they did more than 100 hours of volunteer community service in a year. He received a pin and a certificate from President Barack Obama.

Louie did most of his community service work as a member of the Machinists Volunteer Program, sponsored by the Machinists District Lodge 751 in Seattle. In April, Louie was honored as the top volunteer among District 751’s MVPs, for having donated 164 hours to various community service projects. A few of those projects included building wheelchair ramps, remodeling a day care center, road clean ups, and volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission and Northwest Harvest.

“The district makes a commitment to the community and to neighborhoods to make our area a better place for our neighbors and for children,” said Louie.

Louie started volunteering when his children were young, going to the food bank and helping at church. “I wanted to be a role model for them so that they understood you have to give something back,” he said.

As a shop steward, he helped organize events. “The (union) provided more structure and opportunities for giving back to the community.

“We are so lucky to have what we have,” said Louie. “My first project as a shop steward was at a camp for kids. We cleaned and painted. Watching 60 people working together made a big impression on me on what can be accomplished.”

The local union itself was presented with a presidential service award for its more than 1,000 hours of volunteer community service in 2009.