Chapel Hill 2020 Co-Chairs Recognized for Voluntary Service

Post Date:04/16/2013

Chapel Hill 2020 Co-chair George CiancioloChapel Hill 2020 continues to rack up awards, and this time for volunteering!

George Cianciolo and Rosemary Waldorf were recognized this month for their service as Chapel Hill 2020 co-chairs. On April 15, they received the Key Volunteer Award (Group/Team category) and the Governor’s Service Award (Orange County) (Group/Team category) at a ceremony hosted by the Volunteer Center of Durham which helps to administer the program in Durham and Orange Counties. On April 23, they will visit the Governor’s Executive Mansion where they will receive a 2013 Governor’s Medallion Award, one of only five in the state.

Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt expressed his gratitude for their civic contributions: “George and Rosemary are truly deserving of these awards. Their commitment and leadership played a major role in Chapel Hill 2020’s success, and it is wonderful to see their service recognized.”

Waldorf is project manager for Bryan Properties and former mayor of Chapel Hill, and Cianciolo is a Duke University associate professor of pathology and former chair of the Town’s Planning Board. The team was nominated by the Town of Chapel Hill for their extraordinary commitment to making Chapel Hill 2020 a plan that unifies the community and reflects our collective needs.

Chapel Hill 2020 was the community visioning process that took place from spring 2011 to June 2012 to update the Town’s comprehensive plan. The level of public participation surpassed any other process of its kind in the Chapel Hill community. The outreach and engagement effort strived to be creative, engaging, and open to innovation and exploration.

Rosemary WaldorfFrom June 2011 when they agreed to serve as co-chairs until the Town Council adopted Chapel Hill 2020 on June 25, 2012, Waldorf and Cianciolo attended dozens of community meetings and events with the goal of involving 10,000 people in the visioning process. Throughout the year, they addressed civic clubs, business groups and PTA audiences; wrote newspaper columns and took calls from the media; and raised new questions to stimulate community conversation. The process demanded more input than a standard land use plan because they were not only asking “How should Chapel Hill grow?” but also “How do we want to spend our resources?” “What kind of buildings and businesses do we want?” “What character do we want for our town?”

Their leadership helped to create an environment that made every person feel their participation was valuable. One participant shared his experience about the process at a May 21, 2012, Town Council meeting: “I’ve lived here over 20 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this before. I felt so involved and so a part of the Town in a way I never had before…I used to think I’m just a member of the Town, but now I think I can be a driving force for what the Town does in the future.”

Key Volunteer Awards honor Triangle Area volunteers who work with and are nominated by local governments and nonprofits. The nominees with the top five scores from each county receive the North Carolina Governor's Volunteer Service Award. Finally, the governor selects five North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Service Award winners to receive a Medallion Volunteer Award.

In addition to these awards, Chapel Hill 2020 earned recognition for excellence in public communications and outreach from the NC City & County Communicators Association (NC3C), winning a first place award in the Community Visioning category. It was also featured in the March 2013 issue of PM Magazine in the story titled “Hard Work That Pays Off.”

For more information about the Key Volunteer Awards, North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards and the Medallion Volunteer Awards, please visit the Volunteer Center of Durham at

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