For any person or organization that has made an impact on our community by efforts to improve the city where we live through historic preservation, making livable neighborhoods, positive image, community service, connecting people, or influencing education.
Lester “Butch” Hubble
Butch Hubble moved to Hamilton when he was a preteen and attended Garfield High School and just got the city in his veins, even though he left for a period. He chose to move back to Hamilton after a distinguished career in the US Navy and serving in law enforcement in California. Upon returning to Hamilton in 2000, he jumped right into community work, forming the Hamilton Community Council in 2004 -- an effort to engage citizens, especially in the Second Ward, with improving their community. The Community Council undertook many efforts, including clean ups, community festivals (Rock the Block), youth development (youth job fairs) and leadership development of citizens. To clean up Hamilton and reduce litter, Butch organized the CLEEN initiative, in cooperation with the Hamilton Community Foundation.
While personally involved in all efforts by the Community Council, Butch participated in many other organizations. He served on the Hamilton Vision Commission, the Hamilton Community Foundation Board of Directors, Neighborhood Housing Board of Directors, the Board of Directors of Supports to Encourage Low-income Families (SELF), the board of Hospice of Hamilton, the Diversity Board and many others. He was active in the Hamilton Rotary Club and the Association of the Sound of Quisqudya, helping to coordinate its first parade in August of 2014. Butch committed a parcel of his land to be a community park, and later a second park in memory of Mrs. Alice Brown, just weeks before his passing. He personally mentored youth and adults. In fact, Butch and The Community Council sent several youth to the police academy. They also made sure families had food and clothes whether it was a holiday or not. He was always involved in the city wide clean up and started an every Saturday neighborhood cleanup in Second Ward.
Butch ran the Booker T. Washington Community Center during two stints – once as a volunteer! The second time he served as the executive director of the community collaborative, led by the Great Miami Valley YMCA.
For his many achievements, he received SELF’s highest honor, the Janet Clemmons Community Service Award in 2013. However, he stayed humble and private in all of his affairs.
Butch cared about all things positive in Hamilton, but he especially cared about people – people of all races, colors and creeds. It didn’t matter to Butch. He had many friends of all ages.
Butch passed away in October 2014 with dignity, and hope for the community he supported. His loss was felt by the entire community. In fact, his death was featured on the front page of the regional Spanish language newspaper La Vanguardia hoy. He remains a wonderful example of positive community engagement.