Updated: Monday, 26 Oct 2009, 2:43 PM EDT
Published : Thursday, 20 Nov 2008, 4:27 PM EST
"The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river." --ROSS PEROT
It's as if Mr. Perot was thinking of our next honoree when he made that statement. After retiring from the United States Navy, he returned to his hometown of Portsmouth with the goal of making a difference and helping to revive the city - or clean up the river, if you will. Despite constant travel with his current job as the C-O-O of a high-tech company in Atlanta, he currently serves in many capacities: As charmain of Portsmouth's Municiple Finance Commission, as a member of Portsmouth Schools Foundation Board of Directors and an assistant coach for his alma mater's tennis team at Wilson High. He's a member of the city's Public Schools Culinary Academic Advisory Committee and the Portsmouth Community Foundation Pokey Smokey 2 Steering Committee. He is a mentor with the UP Center's "Team UP" Mentoring Program and is a member of the Rotary Club. His sincere compassion also touched the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization where he also mentored. And during his military career, he volunteered in every community in which he was stationed. Because of his commitment to his communities… and his willingness to roll up his sleeves to make the world a better place, we are pleased to honor Bruce Lamonde as one of WAVY-TV's 10 Who Care.