By Keith Pontius
Ken Steadman, a 25-year resident of Fairfield Glade and an avid supporter of the community, was named as the 2012 “Resident of the Year” by the Fairfield Glade Resident Homeowner’s Association at their final program of the year by President Randy Budd.
A behind the scenes kind of person, Ken Steadman writes numerous articles in support of various organizations in the community such as Kids on the Rise, Lions Club, Visually Impaired Support Group; and has been on the Board of Directors of these same organizations. Additionally, he is a volunteer each year for the FFG United Fund Door-to-Door campaign and is a long time member of VORP.
Under community service, he has been awarded the highest honors of local Lions with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, Lion of the Year and Lion of the Decade.
A few years ago he became acquainted with a young lady who became blind at the age of 40 from MS. As a result he was able to help her to obtain a Leader Dog who has greatly turned improved her life. In turn she wanted to give back to the community and Ken has assisted her to make over 70 visits to area schools and organizations to share with people that positive experiences can make for greatly improved circumstances.
According to the person submitting his name for this honor, Ken Steadman is an example of the following: “To Aid my Fellow Men and Women by giving my sympathy to those is distress, my aid to the weak and my substance to the needy; to be careful with my criticism and liberal with my praise, and to build up and not destroy. Ken Steadman is a valuable asset to our community and well deserving of this award.”