Pasadena ISD honors 2017 Distinguished Citizen, John Sweitzer

Pasadena ISD honors 2017 Distinguished Citizen, John Sweitzer
Posted on 12/06/2017
Pasadena ISD honors 2017 Distinguished Citizen, John Sweitzer

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By Reesha Brown
PISD Communications

Nearly 100 family, friends, community and district leaders gathered recently to honor Pasadena Health Center CEO and humanitarian John Sweitzer as the 2017 Pasadena ISD Distinguished Citizen of the Year.

Sweitzer was selected for the award designation for enhancing the quality of life among residents across the school district through his leadership, volunteer work and generous contributions.

“John, you are literally a life saver, not just in this community, but throughout the state of Texas,” Vickie Morgan, PISD board president said. “You devote your time and resources to help our district meet the health needs of this community. Your contributions to the families in this area have helped us become a heathier Pasadena ISD.”

Humbled by the recognition, Sweitzer credited family and PHC staff members, many of whom attended the ceremony, for being the source of his generosity and his achievements.

“I get my inspiration from this group every day,” Sweitzer said. “When you know you can help someone, when you know you’ve made a difference – that’s when you know you’ve done something right. That’s what the clinic is about. That what my family is about. That is what I am about. That is what we will continue to do for the rest of our lives.”

Sweitzer was accompanied by his wife Genelle, son Michael, cousin Joy Parker and daughter-in-law Joy Witt. Also in attendance were members of the Pasadena ISD School Board, the Pasadena Health Center board and past Distinguished Citizen honorees.

The ceremony included a brief reception with light refreshments by Rayburn’s Culinary Arts team, followed by special remarks by leaders in the district and a video presentation.

Sweitzer has supported the school district for over 10 years. He continuously collaborates with Pasadena ISD to organize health fairs and CPR trainings for students at Pasadena High. He also works with school nurses to provide medical and dental services for children in need.

As a member of the district’s School Health Advisory Council, Health Living Matters Task Force and Pasadena’s Vibrant Community committee, Sweitzer works with local leaders to promote the health and wellness of students and their families.

As an all-around humanitarian, Sweitzer has garnered the respect and admiration of many individuals in the area. He serves the school district as a member of the Pasadena Noon Optimist Club, where he sponsors outstanding high school students during their weekly meetings. In addition, he sponsors the Optimist Club’s Junior Open/Harry Taylor Scholarship Tournament, helping to raise scholarship funds for students.

Sweitzer was also instrumental in funding start-up efforts for Hancock Elementary and Gardens Elementary to build SPARK playgrounds in their respective neighborhoods.

Sweitzer said his motivation for giving back stems from his mother.

“As far as the parks go, it was a joy for me to do that,” said Sweitzer. “My mom [Betty] was a retired school teacher at Mae Smythe Elementary. I wanted to do something to carry on her legacy.”

At the close of the program, the Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees presented Sweitzer with a bronze commemorative plaque.

“Because of Mr. Sweitzer’s continuous support, he has not only helped Pasadena ISD students, he has helped save lives,” Morgan said. “With this plaque, we will forever honor your contributions to the students, staff and families of Pasadena ISD.”

Distinguished Citizen 2017
Vickie Morgan presents the plaque to Sweitzer.

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Deputy Superintendent Dr. Karen Hickman and members of the Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees celebrate Sweitzer's recent achievement. 

Distinguished Citizen 2017

Distinguished Citizen 2017