CLINTON — A Clinton woman working to continue her late brother's dream of a non-violent community received the Clinton County Bar Association’s 2014 Liberty Bell Award Friday afternoon.
Members of the justice system and the community gathered in the south courtroom of the Clinton County Courthouse to see Dina Jetter White accept the award from Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf and Clinton County Bar Association President Brian Donnelly. White has served on the Clinton Human Rights Commission, the Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center Board and the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee at the YWCA. She currently serves as the president of the Vinson H. Jetter Community Center, founded by her brother Vinson Jetter.
"She exemplifies the many people in this community that do things for the community without asking for any kind of recognition whatsoever," said Wolf, presenting her with the award.
White was shocked to receive the plaque, which she plans to display proudly in her house. She said she is just a woman trying to do everything she can to keep the community center going. Recently, the center has been faced with financial hardships and a roof that is in desperate need of repair.
White's daughter, Alycia White, is happy her mother received recognition for all the work she had done within the community and especially with the community center. She said that since her uncle's death, her mother has taken up the cause as her own.
"It was my uncle's dream and now it's her dream," Alycia said. "She does a lot of hard work."
The Clinton County Bar Association has been distributing the annual award since 1969 in observance of Law Day. Each year, a member of the community receives the award for outstanding community service.