Neighborhood Honor Roll
The Saint Paul Neighborhood Honor Roll Volunteer Awards are held each year to recognize those volunteer leaders who improve our neighborhood and City with sustained community leadership and accomplishment. Each of Saint Paul’s 17 Neighborhood District Councils annually nominate up to 3 honorees for this Citywide award. In District Five, the Board of Directors annually nominates its honorees each November.
A citywide celebration is held in January of each year to recognize all award winners.
Watch a video of the January 29, 2016 Honor Roll Award Ceremony. Each award winner will have their name engraved on the Neighborhood Honor Roll plaque that hangs outside of the City Council Chambers at City Hall.
Payne-Phalen honorees for 2015 include (L to R): Jeremy Sartain, Mai Vang and Al Oertwig.
Payne-Phalen 2015 Awardees
Al Oertwig — Active Neighborhood Advocate and Leader
Al Oertwig combines his vast experience with a grassroots zeal and a feel for neighborhood issues. In addition to chairing numerous school groups both in Minnesota and nationally, Al has served as community organizer in Summit-University, VP of the Southwest Area District Council (14/15) and was the first Secretary of Mac- Groveland. While chair of District 5, Al has advocated for a number of publically funded projects including Arlington Hills Center, while navigating challenging issues and debates. Al is currently active in re-invigorating PABA with their Harvest Fest/Parade. His signature laugh is well known and his goodwill expands the reach of District 5.
Jeremy Sartain – Rolling out restorative justice
When this longtime resident and cyclist had his bikes stolen, he turned a bitter experience into something sweet. Instead of prosecution, he sought redemption, helping the family whose members had stolen the bikes fix their own. That expanded to an area-wide effort to collect, fix, and donate bikes to more than 100 East Side youth. He also became involved in fund-raising efforts for a family that lost a daughter and all belongings in a fire.
Mai Vang – Compassion and vision in action
Mai is an active East Side resident who is known for her great heart and enthusiasm for improving our neighborhood. She generously has donated time and resources to fundraise for people in need. This year she took on the honorable challenge of fundraising for people who needed help to get back on their feet. She sells her signature eggrolls to raise funds that help people make ends meet, pay the rent, the electric bill etc. As a neighborhood leader, Mai models resiliency and vision for what individuals can accomplish. She has organized and mobilized volunteers to pick up litter and beautify our neighborhood along the business corridors. Mai is someone who makes a difference!