The Face of the “Voice of Ride On”

Although most Ride On commuters may not know the name Everett “Bink” Plummer, they certainly know his voice. It’s Plummer’s voice that you hear making the stop announcements. And, that role recently earned Plummer (seated and shown with Broderick Kelly, chief of Ride On’s Service Operations) coverage in The Washington Express, thanks to a rider who works for the paper and sought out Plummer for an interview.

In the article, Bink said he is continually surprised that some people recognize his voice. Of course, he has his share of fun- loving ribbing from his colleagues but in his usual easygoing style, he takes it in stride.

To see the piece and the man behind the voice that literally tells riders where to get off, go to

Long-term Care Ombudsman Honored for Outstanding Advocacy

Eileen Bennett, a Long Term Care Ombudsman with the County’s Department of Health and Human Services, recently received the 2010 Howard Hinds Memorial Advocacy Award for outstanding advocacy on behalf of residents of long term care facilities. The award was presented last month at the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care’s annual meeting in Orlando, FL. Bennett, who has worked as an ombudsman for 21 years, is responsible for the program’s volunteer recruitment and training. In addition to her work locally, she has been a leader in the National Association for Local Long Term Care Ombudsmen and currently serves as its president.

The Hinds Award is given annually to a local ombudsman who exemplifies the characteristics of Howard Hinds, a champion for long-term care residents of Tennessee, as a well as a passionate advocate on national issues.

Literacy Council’s Video Sends a Winning Message

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County (LCMC) has won the Catalogue for Philanthropy’s “Power of 8” Video Contest, which was open to all nonprofits that have been featured in the Catalogue or will be in the 2010-11 issue. The award was presented at the Catalogue’s Inspiration to Action event in early November at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, DC.

Videos had to contain an action word ending in “-ate.” The LCMC’s entry featured adult literacy student Milton Whitley of Gaithersburg, who spoke about the power of literacy to “liberate.” You can view the video at:

The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington connects effective local nonprofits with individuals who want to contribute to, and make a difference in, their community. An independent nonprofit organization, the Catalogue has helped groups featured in its annual publication raise more than $9.7 million since its inception in 2003.

Established in 1963, the Literacy Council of Montgomery County is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to helping adults learn to speak, read and write English. For more information about Milton Whitley and/or the Literacy Council of Montgomery County, contact Shelley Block at 301-610-0030 or

POSTED AT: Monday, December 06, 2010 | 2:00:00 AM |
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