top of page
  • Press Release

Williamsburg Mace Bearer's Award Recipient




Words and Images Courtesy of the City of Williamsburg




Williamsburg Mace Bear's Award
Jim Joseph

Williamsburg, VA – City Council is pleased to announce Jim Joseph as the inaugural

honoree of the Williamsburg Mace Bearer’s Award.


This new award honors individuals or groups who have made a lasting, positive impact

on the City of Williamsburg community.


Joseph, 86, has lived in the City of Williamsburg since 1996, when he moved to the City

with his wife, Marjorie. In 2001, Mayor Jeanne Zeidler and Council Member George

Genakos founded the Neighborhood Council of Williamsburg (NCW) to improve

communication between City Council, City government, and neighborhoods. The two

council members asked Joseph, who served on his neighborhood’s homeowners

association at the time, to help them launch an organization that would be led by the

community instead of the government.


Under Joseph’s leadership, the NCW quickly established itself as a vital resource for

residents. He enlisted neighborhoods to the organization, recruited speakers who led

initiatives or organizations that affected the lives of City residents, and structured the

monthly meetings so that they were regimented and respectful.


“For the past 21 years, Jim Joseph has dedicated his time, energy, and expertise to the

Neighborhood Council of Williamsburg to the greater benefit of the Williamsburg

community,” Mayor Douglas Pons said. “His leadership from the very beginning shaped

this group into an invaluable resource for City residents and City government. Because

of his efforts, our residents are better informed and engaged, and our elected officials

and City staff are more responsive to residents’ needs.”


In his 26 years as a City of Williamsburg resident, Joseph has been active in the

community. From 2007-2012, Joseph served on the City of Williamsburg Planning

Commission. As a member of the Planning Commission, Joseph served on the

Beautification Committee where he started a grant program to support communities to

enhance their entrance landscaping.


Joseph’s first foray into civic life in Williamsburg was as a member of a committee to

find a use for the former site of the Williamsburg Community Hospital. He has also

served on a committee to work with William & Mary to solve problems and enhance

communications. Joseph is a member of the Cedar Grove Historical Society and

volunteers for Cedar Grove Cemetery to repair the American flags used at each

Memorial Day and Veterans Day flag-setting ceremonies. In honor of his wife after her

death in 2016, Joseph established the Marjorie C. Joseph Scholarship Fund through the

Williamsburg Community Foundation.


Recipients of the Williamsburg Mace Bearer’s Award have made significant

contributions to the City beyond what is expected from their employment or professional

roles; demonstrated creative leadership that has positively contributed to the cohesion

and unity of the City community; and contributed significantly to an initiative that has

brought positive change and added value to the City community.


The award is named for the Mace of the City, a Colonial-era artifact that is now part of

the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s museum collections. In the 18th century, maces

were used ceremonially to convey the importance of an event or function. It is believed

that the Mace of the City of Williamsburg was carried in a municipal procession on May

1, 1783, in celebration of the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which ended the

Revolutionary War.


“With Jim as the inaugural member, we are building a society of mace bearers who

embody the values of One Williamsburg and carry this honor with them wherever they

go,” Pons said.


The Williamsburg Mace Bearer’s Award will be held at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 8,

2022, at the Stryker Center, 412 N. Boundary St. The ceremony will be held prior to the

premiere of the State of the City video.


See the award video on the City of Williamsburg’s YouTube page at

youtube.com/williamsburggov.

1 view0 comments
bottom of page