Martin Cooper Named 2011 “Alpio Barbara Citizen of the Year”
January, 2012 – The Board of Directors of the Redwood City Police ActivitiesLeague (PAL) has announced that the recipient of the 2011 “Alpio Barbara Citizen of the Year” Award is Martin Cooper, a reserve officer with the Redwood City Police Department, and PAL volunteer.
“We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the many years of service Marty has provided to PAL,” said Jim Gordon, President of the PAL Board of Directors. “His meaningful contributions of time and energy, high standards of community involvement, and many skills and talents have been of great value to the entire community of Redwood City.”
During his more than 14 years of service to PAL, Marty Cooper has performed as a board member, accountant, and Treasurer. This award recognizes his exemplary efforts and passion to help manage PAL’s financial health, significantly helping the organization to grow from its earlier years of serving 200 kids, to its present level of success with over 3,500 youth and community members involved each year.
The Alpio Barbara Citizen of the Year Award honors and commends Mr. Cooper’s tireless efforts in establishing a strong information technology system and set of process for PAL, helping it to be much more efficient and therefore better able to serve the community. As a ‘jack of all trades’ for PAL, Mr. Cooper willingly stepped up and worked in many areas of PAL including establishing a new payroll system, securing insurance coverage, and setting up the PAL Document Binder – in effect helping to further organize the PAL operation and maximize its efficiency. Additionally, for many years Mr. Cooper has been directly involved in PAL’s annual Blues Festival fundraiser in Downtown Redwood City, making sure that this special day goes off smoothly.
Known throughout the PAL community for his generous commitment to helping the organization reach its goals, Marty Cooper’s work has had a lasting, positive impact on how PAL serves the community.
The annual Alpio Barbara Citizen of the Year Award, named after long-time PAL supporter and Redwood City businessman Alpio Barbara, recognizes the most admirable and commendable individuals for their exemplary efforts to bring PAL and its programs to the greater community.