Remarks at the Presentation Ceremony for the ``C'' Flag Awards
Thank you all very much, and welcome to the White House. And since I understand that you've been in here for a couple of hours -- [laughter] -- you will bless me when you go out and find out that we refused to have this this morning in the Rose Garden. [Laughter] It's a little warm.
on my desk in the Oval Office, there sits a plaque that says, ``It can be
done.'' It's a belief that I deeply hold true. And there's no community, no
problem, no individual that cannot be helped through private sector initiative.
When individuals and organizations are willing to get involved, there's no
limit to the good that can be done. It's a tradition as old as our country,
floods ravaged communities around
the town of
When it comes to the fight against drug abuse, the American Association of Advertising Agencies estimates that 9 out of 10 Americans over the age of 12 will be exposed to at least one of their many antidrug campaigns. The association has mobilized the creative resources of over 300 advertising agencies and multiple trade unions -- as they put it -- denormalize drug use over the next 3 years.
are just a few examples of private sector initiative at work. You're here today
-- or you here today, I should say, are the companies and associations who got
involved and made it your business to be ``in the right place at the right
time.'' You're not only examples for your fellow Americans but the world as
well. You know, one night at a dinner, early in my first term, over in the
White House there, an Ambassador's wife was my dinner partner on one side, and
the conversation at the table had gotten around to things that were being done
here by the private sector initiative. And very quietly, she said to me, ``Yes,
but you're unique.'' And I said, ``Well, what do you mean?'' She said, ``Yes,
now that may be changing. It is changing, in fact. Last November the first
International Conference on Private Sector Initiatives was held in
In 1984 my board of advisers on private sector initiatives developed the President's Citation Program for Private Sector Initiatives to recognize and showcase outstanding examples of community involvement. And the backbone of that program is the C-Flag -- the flag by which good-neighbor organizations can be identified. And people still ask what does the ``C'' stand for? Well, it stands for commitment, a commitment to respond to the needs of others. This year over 3,500 organizations proudly fly the C-Flag with its slogan, ``We can, we care.'' And today I'm proud to be here with the 100 winners of the Private Sector Initiatives Citation for 1987 and to bestow this crystal tetrahedron to the 30 top programs. I especially want to thank Bill Taylor of the American Society of Association Executives for all of the help his organization gives in administering this program. You do a fine job, Bill.
And now, I better stop talking, and we'll give out the awards.
Note: The President
spoke at in Room 450 of the