Jeff Hollingsworth, Board Chair, presents award to Ericc Powell (right)
The Harry & Lutie Semmes award is presented annually to a board member for outstanding service to HFHMM.
Harry was one of the most positive and kind-hearted individuals I ever met. He called weekly to offer help and arrange meetings with leaders in the community. He was delightful in every way and loved Habitat.
Harry played an invaluable role in the growth of Habitat in Montgomery County. For years, he served and the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Site Selection Committee and was key in securing the Linganore Woods site where 24 town homes were completed in 2008. Harry led several major fundraising efforts and was always keen to introduce Habitat to people who could make a difference for the organization.
“I don’t think he ever did a thing with the thought of taking credit for himself. I think he did things because he generally felt in his heart it was the right thing to do.” Flo Hunt, former HFHMM board member.
The HFHMM Board of Directors established the Harry & Lutie Semmes Award in 2006, and since then, the award is presented to and outstanding board member at Habitat’s annual volunteer recognition event.
Ericc Powell exemplifies leadership and commitment to Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland.
“Without a doubt, Ericc is the happiest and most positive person I’ve ever met. His dedication to everything he does, including volunteering with Habitat, is impressive and inspiring. Ericc volunteers on the Faith and Construction Committees, at events – including at the Golf Tournament each year, – on the construction sites, in the office, in both ReStores and participates in Habitat global village trips. He’s been on multiple trips to El Salvador and is joining the trip to Nepal in October. He is also a certified global village trip leader and has led his own trips. He’s been involved in almost every aspect of our business. To the staff he is a resource, a mentor, a co-worker, and a friend.” – Sarah Reddinger, HFHMM Director of Program Services