Rome, GA-Rome resident and TRED Board of Advisor, Dan Greeson was recently awarded the Steve Reynolds “Man of the Year” by the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation at the annual lunch meeting in Atlanta. Dan was nominated by TRED President, Julie Smith, and Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful Director Mary Hardin Thornton for his dedication to keeping the Heritage Trails clean from litter and debris. The Steve Reynolds “Man of the Year” Award honors an outstanding man who has demonstrated lifelong leadership in raising public awareness about solid waste issues, litter prevention and/or the need for citizens to participate in activities that preserve and enhance natural resources and public lands. The award is dedicated to a volunteer or an employee who excels beyond his normal job description.
A retired mortgage banker, Dan would often find himself riding Rome’s Heritage Trail system and noticing that the 13.5 miles of the trails were often littered with trash and overflowing garbage cans. While public works, the Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority, and the city/county are responsible for collecting garbage and trash pick up, as with any public department, the job was larger than the amount of employees. While riding on one of the most bucolic and scenic trail sections one day, Dan was struck by the juxtaposition of overflowing garbage cans and cigarette butts along the trail and how the litter took away from his experience of riding the trails. Dan then took it upon himself to transform into “Dan the Trail Clean Up Man”. Since then, Dan has been a regular feature on the Heritage Trails for two years and embodies the spirit of Steve Reynolds in his commitment to keeping the trails clean.
TRED and Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful are dually pledged to helping citizens increase their quality of life in Rome and Floyd County by keeping green spaces, trails, and urban areas clean and litter free, thereby creating a safer and move liable community.
LEFT TO RIGHT: KEVIN PERRY, KEEP GEORGIA BEAUTIFUL BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MARY HARDIN THORNTON, KRFB, JULIE SMITH, TRED, DAN GREESON, KAYLEE SARTORATO, KRFB, AND SARAH VISSER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE KEEP GEORGIA BEAUTIFUL FOUNDATION