PHLUSH honors Toilet Innovators, Hero and Champion

March 26, 2009
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The people who’ve helped bring great public toilets to Portland’s Old Town Chinatown were honored at a lively and well-attended celebration at Orchid Salon on March 24th.

Anna DiBenedetto, Randy Leonard, Davis Shaff & Curtis Banger

Anna DiBenedetto, Commissioner Randy Leonard, David Shaff & Curtis Banger

After everyone had been welcomed by PHLUSH Co-Founder Tom Carrollo, Nancy Stovall, Old Town Chinatown Neighborhood Association Vice-Chair, presented a special PHLUSH Innovation Award recognizing the Portland Loo team as follows:  Hats off to the teamwork that brought the first Portland Loo to Old Town Chinatown!  We applaud Commissioner Randy Leonard for taking the political risk, Curtis Banger for his determination to get the design right, Dave Gray for figuring out how to make it work, Greg Madden for building the prototype, Anna DiBenedetto for telling the world about it and David Shaff and the folks at the Water Bureau for their commitment to seeing the Portland Loo become yet another icon of our great city.

Hero Matt Bellet accepts PHLUSH Award from Mayor Potter

PHLUSH Cleaning Hero Matt Bellet accepts PHLUSH Award from Mayor Potter.

 

Next, Mayor Potter was introduced and asked to present two awards PHLUSH hopes will become annual.   Honored as PHLUSH Cleaning Hero was Matt Bellet:  Your effective leadership as supervisor of the Homeless to Work staff of Clean and Safe has set the standard of cleaning excellence that Portlanders have come to expect in our public toilets. Matt, thank you for taking pride in your work and inspiring others to do the same. We appreciate you; you are the wind beneath the hard-working cleaning wings that keep Portland safe and livable.

Portland Rescue Mission's JR Baker & Tom Lister accept PHLUSH Restroom of the Year Award from Mayor Potter

Portland Rescue Mission’s JR Baker & Tom Lister accept PHLUSH Restroom of the Year Award from Mayor Potter

The former Portland Mayor then invited Chaplin J.R. Baker and Director of Vocational Ministries to accept the Restroom of the Year Award on behalf of Portland Rescue Mission:  By sharing your bathroom in the heart of Old Town Chinatown you embody the spirit of good neighborliness.  Residents and travelers are welcomed into your beautiful, clean, safe, and comfortable surroundings and served with dignity and respect.  Thank you, Portland Rescue Mission.  We appreciate your putting the Golden Rule of doing unto others into action twenty four hours every day. 

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PHLUSH Co-Founder Barb Lescher honors recently retired Portland Mayor Tom Potter as PHLUSH Champion

To cap the official celebration, PHLUSH Co-Founder Barb Lescher honored Tom Potter with a special PHLUSH Champion Award and these words. Your respectful commitment to all Portlanders and your understanding of what constitutes human dignity brought the discussion of public toilets into civic life during your tenure at City Hall.     Your vision and action have enabled others to solve problems in innovative ways, to  meet human needs, and to  enhance  the Livability of Portland so it shines as an example to other cities.

PHLUSH Co-Founder Lan Nguyen hosted the event at her business cum ad hoc community center.  Refreshments featured donations from nearby eateries Fox and Hounds, Casba Café, NW Burger, Freddie Brown’s, and the House of Louie.   Here are some more pictures taken by Old Town Chinatown blogger and arts promoter Brian T. Wilson.

Tom Potter with PHLUSH Co-Founder and Orchid Salon Owner Lan Nguyen.

Tom Potter with PHLUSH Co-Founder and Orchid Salon Owner Lan Nguyen.

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Guests included Tom Ellicott, Dora Perry, John Beardsley, Carl Roberts, Howard Weiner, Karin Hansen and Mary-Rain O’Meara

David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau Administrator, shows how Loo was installed.

David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau Administrator, shows how Loo was installed.

Nancy Stovall and Tom Carrollo congratulate Portland Loo builder Greg Madden of Madden fabrication.Nancy Stovall and Tom Carrollo congratulate Portland Loo builder Greg Madden of Madden Fabrication

APNBA Executive Director Jon Turino chats with Commissioner Leonard

APNBA Executive Director Jon Turino chats with Commissioner Leonard

img_6796_3PHLUSHers Carol McCreary, Lan Nguyen, Tom Carrollo & Barb Lescher take the opportunity to pose with Tom Potter.

Carol McCreary welcomes J.R. Baker and Tom Lister of Portland Rescue Mission and Restroom of the Year.

Carol McCreary welcomes J.R. Baker and Tom Lister of Portland Rescue Mission and Restroom of the Year.

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Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH) was founded in Portland, Oregon and today collaborates with groups across North America.

PHLUSH is a member of the World Toilet Organization and a partner in the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.

Our Mission Through education and advocacy, PHLUSH helps local governments and citizen groups to provide equitable public restroom availability and to prepare for a pipe-breaking seismic event with appropriate ecological toilet systems.

Our Vision Toilet availability is a human right and well-designed sanitation systems restore health to our cities, our waters and our soils.

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