The Tocqueville Society of the River Region United Way Saturday, April 6, 2013
As soon as individuals with a cause have found one another, they combine. From that moment, they are no longer isolated people, but a power seen from afar... Alexis de Tocqueville
The copyrighted image above was adapted from the original artwork provided by and used with permission of local Montgomery artist Mary Alston Geddie. Front cover: The Community of Architecture, by David Braly. This piece was commissioned by the Retirement Systems of Alabama for the RSA Judicial Building.
The Tocqueville Society: Its History and Purpose Only 26 years old when he came to America in 1831, Alexis CharlesHenri Clérel de Tocqueville traveled all over our young nation including many parts of Alabama. Perhaps his most important observation was that Americans helped each other in the time of need. He recognized, applauded and immortalized the volunteer spirit that lives in America’s heart. Originally formed in 1984 by the United Way of America, The Tocqueville Society was created to deepen individual understanding of, commitment to, and support of United Way’s work: advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. The society honors Alexis de Tocqueville, the Frenchman who wrote so enthusiastically of the American spirit of voluntary association and voluntary effort for the common good. Locally, The Tocqueville Society of the River Region United Way was formed in 1987 to foster, promote and recognize the vital importance of voluntary community service and personal giving at an exceptional level. Membership includes individuals and private foundations meeting the leadership giving standard of at least $10,000 annually. With the support of The Tocqueville Society, the River Region United Way is able to create long-lasting changes by tackling our community’s most serious issues.
Affiliate Agencies of the River Region United Way 2-1-1 Connects
Gift of Life Foundation
Aid to Inmate Mothers (AIM)
Girls Scouts of Southern Alabama
American Cancer Society
Goodwill Industries of Central Alabama
American Heart Association American Legion Auxiliary #2
HandsOn River Region (formerly Volunteer & Information Center)
American Red Cross of Central Alabama
ARC of Eastern Elmore County
Hospice of Montgomery
Association of Christians in Tallassee for Service (ACTS) Autauga County Family Support Center Autauga/Western Elmore ARC Boy Scouts of America, Tukabatchee Area Council Boys & Girls Clubs of the River Region Brantwood Children’s Home Catholic Social Services
Lighthouse Counseling Center Maxwell-Gunter Youth Activities Medical Outreach Ministries Mental Health America in Montgomery Montgomery Area Council On Aging (MACOA) Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians (MANE)
Chemical Addictions Program
Montgomery Association for Retarded Citizens (MARC)
Nellie Burge Community Center
Children’s Center of Montgomery
PASS: Peers Are Staying Straight
Community Action Agency of Central Alabama
Easter Seals - Camp ASCCA
SAYNO in the Montgomery Area
Easter Seals of Central Alabama – Rehabilitation & Career Center
Second Chance Foundation
Easter Seals - Janice Capilouto Center for the Deaf Elmore County Partnership for Children Family Guidance Center of Alabama Family Sunshine Center
Sickle Cell Foundation of Greater Montgomery USO YMCA of Montgomery YMCA of Prattville YMCA of Wetumpka and Millbrook
Tocqueville Society Membership To distinguish Tocqueville Society members who achieve higher levels of annual giving, special orders of recognition have been created. The names of the orders reflect elements of democracy that Tocqueville admired in American society: liberty, equality, and the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor. These same ideals are lauded in the French phrase, “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.”
Recognition Levels La Société Nationale $100,000 to $249,999 Ordre de Fraternité $75,000 to $99,999 Ordre d’Egalité $50,000 to $74,999 Ordre de Liberté $25,000 to 49,999 Membres de la Société $10,000 to $24,999
When an American asks for the cooperation of his fellow citizens, it is seldom refused; and I have often seen it afforded spontaneously, and with great good will.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Membres of The Tocqueville Society La Société Nationale
Mr. Young J. Boozer, III
Dr. & Mrs. Arthur M. Britton Mrs. Dorothy D. Cameron
Ordre de Fraternité
Mr. & Mrs. George B. Clements
Mr. & Mrs. James K. Lowder
Mr. & Mrs. E. L. Crane Ms. Elizabeth B. Crump
Ordre de Liberté
Dr. & Mrs. Stephen L. Davidson
Mr. & Mrs. John A. Caddell
Mr. Morris Dees & Mrs. Susan Starr
Judge & Mrs. Truman M. Hobbs, Sr.
Judge & Mrs. Joel F. Dubina
Mr. & Mrs. Adolph Weil, III
Mr. & Mrs. Russell S. Dunman
Mr. Robert S. Weil, Sr.
Mr. & Mrs. C. Lee Ellis Mrs. Elizabeth Emmet
Membres de la Société
Mr. & Mrs. Tranum Fitzpatrick
Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Adair
Mr. & Mrs. Greg Fox
Mr. & Mrs. John N. Albritton, Jr.
Judge Mark E. Fuller
Mr. & Mrs. J. Greg Allen
Dr. & Mrs. Lewis Gayden
Mr. Jake F. Aronov
Mr. & Mrs. Barrie H. Harmon
Mr. & Mrs. Owen W. Aronov
Mr. & Mrs. W. Inge Hill, Jr.
Dr. & Mrs. Winston M. Ashurst
Mr. & Mrs. W. Daniel Hughes, Jr.
Dr. & Mrs. Ronald T. Barganier
Mr. & Mrs. Eric V. Hunter
Dr. & Mrs. Harry M. Barnes, III
Mr. & Mrs. Ray Ingram
Mr. & Mrs. Carl A. Barranco
Mr. & Mrs. Watkins C. Johnston, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Jere L. Beasley, Sr.
Mr. Keith Karst & Dr. Mary Karst
Dr. & Mrs. Sanders M. Benkwith
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas H. Keene
Mr. & Mrs. David G. Borden
Mr. & Mrs. Knox Kershaw
of the River Region United Way Mr. & Mrs. James E. Klingler
Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Seibels
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry C. Kyser, Sr.
Mr. & Mrs. Ned F. Sheffield
Mr. & Mrs. H. F. Levy
Mr. & Mrs. George C. Smith, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. James L. Loeb, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Stabler
Mrs. Joan B. Loeb
Mr. & Mrs. Charles A. Stakely
Dr. Gaeton D. Lorino & Dr. Cynthia D. Lorino
Mayor & Mrs. Todd R. Strange
Mr. & Mrs. Michael H. Luckett
Mr. & Mrs. Robbins Taylor, Sr.
Mr. & Mrs. Forrest McConnell, III
Mr. & Mrs. Galen J. Thackston
Mr. & Mrs. William McConnell Judge & Mrs. Reese H. McKinney Mr. & Mrs. Thomas J. Methvin Mr. & Mrs. E. Temple Millsap, III Dr. & Mrs. William J. Mitchell Dr. & Mrs. John Moorehouse Mr. & Mrs. Joseph D. Mussafer Mr. & Mrs. Maurice D. Mussafer Mr. & Mrs. Larry D. Puckett
Dr. & Mrs. David R. Thrasher Mr. & Mrs. William K. Upchurch, III Mr. & Mrs. Ben W. Walker, III Mr. & Mrs. William E. Wallace Mr. & Mrs. Robert S. Weil, II Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr. Mrs. Jan K. Weil Mrs. Virginia A. Weil Mr. & Mrs. Edward V. Welch, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Milton A. Wendland
Judge & Mrs. Eugene W. Reese
Mr. & Mrs. W. A. Williamson, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce S. Reid
Mr. & Mrs. Frank M. Wilson
Mr. & Mrs. Jim L. Ridling
Mr. & Mrs. James W. Wilson, III
Ms. Jane F. Rothschild
Mr. & Mrs. William B. Wilson
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen G. Rutledge
Dr. Thomas Wool & Dr. Laurie Jean Weil
Mr. & Mrs. Keith Sabel
Mr. & Mrs. Philip B. Young
Mr. & Mrs. B. Stephen Schloss Mr. & Mrs. S. Adam Schloss
The Tocqueville Society Award of the River Region United Way The Tocqueville Society Award of the River Region United Way honors both individuals or couples for their continued commitment to philanthropy and advocacy. Their efforts are recognized as both tangible in impact and significant in scope to the community as a whole. Their sustained service is worthy of recognition and vitally important in advancing the common good.
Previous Award Recipients 1988
Adolph Weil, Jr.
Elizabeth â€œTootsieâ€? Emmet
James K. Lowder
1990 Tom Somerville
Charles and Winifred Stakely
Beverly D. Ross
Donald W. Bogie
Richard H. Amberg, Jr.
Johnnie R. Carr
M. Taylor Dawson, Jr.
Jerry C. Kyser, Sr.
Robert S. Weil, Sr.
Mike Jenkins, IV
Dave G. Borden
Jim and Mary Lynne Levy
Nellie C. Weil
Truman and Joyce Hobbs
Laurie J. Weil
2012 Tocqueville Society Award The Tocqueville Society of the River Region United Way proudly recognizes
Truman and Joyce Hobbs as the 2012 recipients for their dedication, compassion and lifetime of philanthropy to our community.
his yearâ€™s Tocqueville Society Award could serve as a lifetime achievement award for two people whose philanthropy has illuminated the darkness even as they shunned the spotlight. Judge Truman and Joyce Hobbs, by adherence to the enduring values instilled in them by their parents, set their lives on a course to do the right thing and have excelled, to Montgomeryâ€™s great benefit.
Son of Selma Born in 1921, Truman Hobbs grew up in Selma, Alabama, the son of Sara and Samuel Francis Hobbs, whose work as a lawyer, circuit court judge and a United States Congressman, influenced Truman’s predilection for public service. At a young age, Truman learned from his father’s public opposition to the Ku Klux Klan. Watching the Depression grind people into poverty beyond their control evoked compassion for his fellow man. These formative experiences later found expression in Judge Hobbs’ “abiding and deep devotion to the civic good and (his) nearly overpowering sense of civic responsibility.” Following high school in Selma, Truman matriculated at the University of North Carolina. As he let his son out of the car, Congressman Hobbs told Truman he wanted him to make Phi Beta Kappa, because “making Phi Beta Kappa will open doors for you.” He credits his father’s expectation and encouragement with his achieving this preeminent ranking. Truman was also elected student body president and won the school’s award for the varsity athlete with the highest scholastic average. He was poised to swim for the United States in the Olympics when World War II diverted him to service in the Navy, where he was decorated for heroism. On the day that World War II began, a bear broke into a tent occupied by Joyce Cummings and her two sisters, while they were camping with their parents. Running to safety, young Joyce was undeterred in her passion for nature and animals. Participating in choir at an early age kindled a lifelong appreciation of music. Joyce learned about philanthropy by observing her parents and grandparents’ generosity.
Her childhood in a Chicago suburb was shaped by family and by the times: â€œWe were supposed to do well academically; we were supposed to do well athletically. We had a good time, but we behaved ourselves.â€?
Romance at Vassar At Vassar College, Joyce pursued a major in political science, with a special interest in international studies. It was at Vassar that she met Truman, who by then was at Yale Law School. Finishing at the top of his class, Truman went to Washington to clerk for Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black. At the conclusion of his clerkship, Truman and Joyce married and settled in Montgomery. Theirs was very much a 1950s marriage in which Truman pursued his legal career and Joyce was in charge of the children and the home. The unfailing mutual respect and loyalty the couple exhibited for one another and for their family in an understated but indelible way created the stability required for the development of the strong character found in their children Emilie, Frances, Dexter and Truman Jr. - who, from an early age learned from their parents how to live in a philanthropic way. From 1949 to 1980, Truman was in the private practice of law. During that time, he served as President of the Montgomery State Bar Association and the Alabama State Bar Association.
To members of his firm, he is “Everyman’s Sage,” possessing a “brilliant mind combined with the nicest, most genuinely kind and unassuming personality imaginable.”
A Respected Attorney and Judge Regarding law as a calling, Truman consistently reached out to new attorneys and would listen to clients no one else would take. He is known for treating everyone equally, with dignity, kindness and respect, regardless of age or station. He is lovingly regarded as having the most generous soul, not only for the financial support he gives, but as importantly, for giving so generously of himself. In 1980, President Carter appointed Truman as Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, which he served as chief judge from 1984 – 1991. At his investiture, Judge Hobbs was characterized as a man of unquestionable integrity and the most popular lawyer in Alabama.
“The General” The Hobbses share a deep pride in Montgomery and desire to see it thrive. Once her children reached school age, Joyce translated her interests into community service. She has been an active member of the boards of the State Department of History and Archives, Montgomery Chorale, the Montgomery Symphony, Nature Conservancy, Goodwill, Children’s Center and The Montgomery Academy. She served as President of the Montgomery Junior League, Colonial Dames, Landmarks, Women of the Church of the Ascension, the Vestry of the Church of the Ascension and the Montgomery Zoo. Notably though not surprisingly, both she and Truman served as President of the United Way Board. Whether in her own home or in the home of a friend who is ill, Joyce is known for rolling up her sleeves and making good things happen. She doesn’t talk about doing things. She does them, and then without fanfare, moves on to her next meeting, to gardening or to making crosses for Palm Sunday. Her fierce love of family and her take-charge character have earned her the affectionate moniker, “The General.”
A Legacy of Service In their charitable giving as in their community work, Truman and Joyce have pursued causes that resonated with their experiences. After Judge Hobbs contributed funds to buy and staff a mobile reading laboratory for the Montgomery Public Schools, he said, “’ If a child can’t read in the first grade, he gets to be a lost ball. He can’t progress and he becomes a behavioral problem.’” A principal of a local elementary school remembers Judge Hobbs dropping by the school one day to leave a check for whatever the school needed. The principal had not known he was coming to her school and knew that his discreet giving would not stop at her door. Like their parents, Truman and Joyce Hobbs have transmitted their values to their children by example. Their daughter, Emilie and her husband Bruce Reid, daughter, Frances and husband William “Rip” Rose, son, Dexter, who was lost at a very young age to cancer, and his wife, Nan, now married to Ron Barganier, and son Truman and his wife, Debbie have all followed in their parents’ soft steps and are known for having a meaningful impact in a quiet way. Their eleven grandchildren call Truman, “Atticus Finch,” and regard their grandmother as the most interesting character of all time. Truman and Joyce have five great granddaughters. Their son, Judge Truman Hobbs, Jr. says that his father’s stories tell his values and what matters to him. Like his father’s echo, the younger Truman said, “Every child wants to please his parents. I still want to come home and put a smile on their faces.” And to the couple who would most seek to avoid recognition, The Tocqueville Society gives you its award for lifelong inspiring dedication to family, constant commitment to distinguished service and extraordinary philanthropy to your grateful community.
With special appreciation to Laurie Jean Weil and Emilie Reid.
The River Region United Way expresses its grateful appreciation to Barrie and Laura Harmon for their exemplary leadership as 2011-2012 Co-Chairs of The Tocqueville Society. We applaud and honor their commitment to leading our community toward bigger dreams, brighter minds, stronger bodies, and independent lives in hopes that by their example, others will be inspired as well.
We proudly welcome Robert S. Weil, II and Laurie Jean Weil as the 2013-2014 Co-Chairs of The Tocqueville Society of the River Region United Way.
60 Commerce Street, Suite 600 P.O. Box 868 Montgomery, AL 36101 334.264.7318 www.RiverRegionUnitedWay.org
Justice, Tranquility and Liberty by David Braly
Special Acknowledgments Jon Cook, High 5 Productions Bob Vardaman, Events Management
Published on Apr 24, 2013