From left, Ron Butler, previous recipient of the Roger Blue Award, presents Glenda and Randy Bond with the lifetime achievement award.

Glenda and Randy Bond of Crossville received the Roger Blue Lifetime Achievement award from The Arc Tennessee during the 12th annual Tennessee Disability MegaConference Awards Banquet held May 30 at the Nashville Airport Marriott.

Roger Blue was the Executive Director of The Arc TN until his sudden death Dec. 1, 1997. 

The recipient of this award shares Roger’s philosophy of respect, dignity and the freedom of choice of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and has a history of caring for and supporting people with disabilities and their families.  This is The Arc TN’s highest award.

This is the first time this award is being given to a couple. This duo has been active with The Arc TN for decades. Glenda served two terms as president, two terms as vice president, one term as secretary, three terms as regional vice president, Membership Committee chair countless times and was reinstated as immediate past president for the third go around last year. 

She has also served on every committee in some capacity and has been on the board of directors in some capacity since 1982. She received The Arc TN Janet Clark Volunteer of the Year Award in 1987. She served two terms on The Arc US Board Development Committee and The Arc US Committee on the Future.  She has served for The Arc Cumberland County as president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and has also chaired every committee.

Randy has mentored and supported Glenda in all of her endeavors serving as chief transportation officer and chauffeur.  He served as regional vice president for one term and was a member of the finance committee many times.  He has participated in every fundraiser of The Arc TN, including pulling an airplane.  He served two terms as treasurer and on Board committees for The Arc Cumberland County. 

This couple also planned, hosted and funded a wedding and honeymoon for two members of The Arc whose story was picked up nationally this past April.

These parents accomplished all this while raising two boys with IDD.  And, certainly, someone who wrote their thesis on why families should be members of The Arc deserves The Roger Blue Award!

In addition to the contributions made by this couple to The Arc, they also give back to their local community in many other ways.  Randy has served on Hilltoppers, Inc. board of directors since 1982, serving at least four terms as chair and will again for FY 2014-15.  He helped secure financial matching grants for several Hilltoppers residences for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other capital projects as well as participates in Hilltoppers Inc. Booster functions (parent group).

Randy serves on the Crossville Housing Authority Board and has served on the Volunteer Energy Board as one of two Cumberland County representatives since 1995.  He is retired Executive Vice President of Cumberland County Bank; and currently is serving as outside director on three bank-connected boards: Cumberland County Bank, Bank of Putnam County and BPC Holding Company. He is Trustee Chair of Dorton United Methodist Church. He is a US Army [Infantry] Veteran, in combat during Vietnam conflict.

Glenda serves on the United Fund of Cumberland County board and is Chair of Hilltoppers Inc. Human Rights Committee.  She is Secretary/Treasurer of Hilltoppers Boosters and Treasurer of Dorton United Methodist Church.

They both are especially proud of being able to give back to their community and to be recognized on the street as Michael’s and Scott's parents.

The Arc Tennessee [] is a non-profit membership organization composed of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and professionals in the field.  For over 60 years, The Arc’s statewide advocacy and education efforts have led to increased options in school, employment, services and inclusion in the community. 

The Tennessee Disability MegaConference [] is possible through partnerships and collaborations of many disability organizations and state agencies.