The Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women presented a rare President’s Award on Wednesday, June 10, to Vivian Cahn at a socially-distanced Zoom board meeting.
Cahn joins a short list of 15 previous recipients who have received the award since it was established in 1981. It is presented to “an individual for going over and above the call of duty and being an invaluable asset to the organization.”
At her discretion, NCJW Section president Susan Hess presented Cahn the award her out for her long-standing membership in the organization and commending her for her history of volunteering for all kinds of jobs and appointed positions including serving as a chair for numerous opening events, closing events, installations, fundraising events and general meetings such as the coveted NCJW Hannah Solomon Award luncheon.
The award was presented to Cahn at the start of the NCJW meeting. She had not been informed that she was going to receive it in advance and was throroughly surprised with its presentation.
Cahn was noted by Hess as the designer for the New Orleans Family Justice Center’s newly-opened office space. Among other community events, she also served recently as chair of the Prospect 5 art project.
“This year Vivian is serving as corresponding secretary, who writes such wonderful notes that she gets ‘thank you notes’ for the notes she writes on behalf of NCJW, Hess said.
Cahn also serves as the editor, layout artist and printer liaison of the NCJW Bulletin.
In conjunction with the award, Cahn received a unique broach, which was designed by former NCJW president Ina Davis. It bears a special inscription thanking her for her dedication to NCJW.