A Georgetowner newspaper tradition for decades, the naming of Georgetowners of the Year for 2013 focuses on a political leader, business persons and a local nonprofit. For 2013, we select Ron Lewis, chair of the Georgetown-Burleith advisory neighborhood commission; John and Ginger Laytham and Sally Davidson of the Clyde’s Restaurant Group; and the Friends of Book Hill Park.
Ron Lewis, chairman of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E: For working with groups and individuals to make the Georgetown Partnership a reality; for coordinating ANC meetings with calm reason; for his attention to detail, his fellowship with commissioners, his openness with neighbors and his respect and kindness for all. He is a leader who exudes a gentle authority, a refined reflection of Georgetown.
The Friends of Book Hill: This nonprofit group, led by Julia Diaz-Asper, has cared for the Georgetown Public Library’s southern park, rebuilt its classic Trident, wrought-iron fencing and helped polish up this section of Wisconsin Avenue. (Please ontribute to the rebuilding.)
John and Ginger Laytham and Sally Davidson: This trio of the Clyde’s Restaurant Group, along with the late Stuart Davidson, built one of Washington’s most successful businesses. From M Street to downtown D.C. to Maryland and Virginia, John Laytham and his crew have offered great food for 50 years. Clyde’s has been involved with countless community efforts, lending prestige and providing vital funding and leadership to so many worthy causes.