Contact: John Baker
Mr. Kee Groshong was selected to receive the sixth annual Howard B. Lang, Jr. Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to the City of Columbia. He was recognized at the City of Columbia's Volunteer Appreciation Reception on Thursday evening, May 8, at the Boone County Historical Museum and Galleries. Mayor Bob McDavid presented the award to Mr. Groshong, who was very surprised to be recognized with the award.
Kee has spent many hours volunteering for commissions, boards, committees, and more, to help improve life for Columbia citizens. Perhaps his largest and most broad-reaching work was while he was a University of Missouri Vice-Chancellor. In that role, both in private and public settings, he promoted a positive partnership between the City and the University for their mutual benefit.
Other examples of his volunteer service include giving time and energy to Regional Economic Development, Inc., serving as chair of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, treasurer of the Daniel Boone Regional Library Foundation, chair of the Missouri Credit Union Board, serving on the board of Job Point, and his present service on the City of Columbia Railroad Advisory Board and the Community Foundation of Central Missouri board of directors. Mr. Groshong has represented Columbia as a delegate to its Sister City of Kutaisi, (former Republic of) Georgia. And Kee has served on various City campaign committees, most recently being the chair of the committee to pass a bond issue to help fund upgrades to the Columbia sewer system.
According to one of Kee's nominators, his "duties with the University, the major factor in Columbia's economy and culture, gave Kee special insight in how the city and University can benefit each other." Another wrote, "A strong commitment to improving the life of the community is deeply embedded in the DNA of Kee Groshong. . . . He seeks to make a real difference in all the work he undertakes on behalf of the City and the citizens of Missouri."
And a third nominator said, "Over the past 40 plus years, Kee has been a mentor to me in how one serves a community. . . . His leadership and passion for Columbia, Missouri, over the years, has been truly amazing."
The selection committee for the annual Lang award changes every year, but always includes the sitting Mayor of Columbia. In his presentation comments Mayor Bob McDavid said to Kee, "You truly pour your energy and talent into volunteer activities that make a real difference for the common good. For these reasons and more, we congratulate you for being the recipient of the Lang Award this year." Other members of the 2014 selection committee were Bob Pugh, Margrace Buckler, Lori Neidel, and Cindy Shetmire. The committee's selection criteria are a nominee's activities, personal initiative, and impact.
Also present at the May 8 event were Khaki Westerfield, daughter of Howard B. Lang, Jr., and David Lang, Howard Lang's nephew.
Past recipients of the Lang Award are Ed Kaiser, Darwin Hindman, Dave Griggs, Robert C. Smith, and Eva Jo Sapp (posthumously).
Two photos are attached:
Kee Groshong Lang Award Photo 1: Kee Groshong (L) receiving the award from Mayor Bob McDavid (R)
Kee Groshong Lang Award Photo 2: May Bob McDavid (L), Khaki Westerfield (Daughter of Howard B. Lang, Jr.(Left Center), Kee Groshong (Right Center), David Lang (Nephew of Howard B. Lang, Jr.