PUBLISHED: 3:57 PM on Wednesday, March 19, 2008
When Dixie Belcher walked into the City Museum on March 14, she was expecting to help a group of students start a choir. Instead, she was surprised with about 40 Juneauites who gathered at the museum for her honoring ceremony. Sponsored by Rep. Beth Kerttula, the 24th Alaska State Legislature issued a proclamation honoring Dixie Belcher's life work for Alaskans. Some of her many achievements include organizing and leading a group of Alaska Native youth and elder singers to the Soviet Union to "break down the Cold War separation of Yupik families on both sides of the Bering Strait," helping found Juneau Hospice and Home Care, and serving on the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council. She is currently the founding member of Turning The Tides, a growing grass-roots non-profit organization working on decreasing use of disposable plastics. Rep. Beth Kerttula (left) presented the plaque of honor to Dixie Belcher (center) during the ceremony, which was also attended by Rep. Andrea Doll (right).