This years Achievement Awards and new 25 year members were announced at the Winter Banquet on December 5. All told, 41 different individuals won a total of 58 Achievement awards; obviously some members won more than one award. Here is a photo of all the winners who were present at the banquet. This years winners each received a white bikers hat with the new 65th Anniversary logo on the front and 2021 Achievement Award on the side. There were two new 25 year members; they each received an ingraved paperweight.
Glee Crowder - Not only did Glee hike the most miles again this year, for the 9th year in a row but she also holds the record for the most miles hiked in a year - 3,368. During 2021 she also became the first member ever to hike more than 50,000 miles. She finished the year with an incredible 52,572 miles. Here is a photo of Glee being recognized by Ed. Tish Brafford Rick Braun Mary Bruss Marti Burton Janet Cohen Mervyn Cohen Cheryl Conces Dewey Conces Dori Davis Mike Kahlil David Kincaid Rick Kinnaman Julie Litten Jenny McClure Mary Barbara Miller Sandra Nichols Christine Nitz Kay Ramey Allan Roberts Katy Smith Phil Smith Jo Anne Starzyk Cherie Voege Rick Wortman
This award is given to any member who leads 50 or more hikes during the year. Here is a photo of the winners who were present at the banquet and here are names of the the 13 winners:
Glee Crowder - Once again Glee led the most hikes. Tish Brafford Rick Braun Marti Burton Janet Cohen Harold Crooks David Kincaid Rick Kinnaman Julie Litten Jo Anne Starzyk Kathy Whalen Rick Wortman Ed Wright
This award is given to members who participate on the longest hike of the year. This year there was only one winner of this award new member Scott Beam who hiked the incredibly challenging Knob Stone Trail for 26 miles.
Trail Blazer Award
The Trail Blazer Award is given to any member who led 15 or more different hikes during the past year. Everyone enjoys an new hike and this is one of the more difficult awards to win. This year we have five winners:
Edeltraud Evans Pat Lawler John Schlechte June Sergi Ed Wright
This award is given to any member who has attained more than 10,000 lifetime miles with the Club. This year we have four winners:
Mary Bruss Emily Hudson-Burch Phil Smith Jo Anne Starzyk
Trail Maintenance Award
This award is given to any member who has contributed 16 or more volunteer hours on a trail maintenance project, although most of this years winners go far beyond that, sometimes volunteering 100 or more hours of their time to give something back to the trails we all love to hike. Here is a photo of the winners of this year's Trail Maintenance award. Here are the five winners:
Phil Coons Gary Fine Russ Himes Ned Lewis Frank Povinelli
Club Service Award
This award is given by the Board of Directors to any member the board feels deserves special recognition for thir service to the Club. This year the board has chosen recognize Bob Kriz, who underwrote 100% of the cost of the 65th Anniversary Book which was distirubed to all members. Here ois a photo of Bob.
It come as no surprise to anyone in the Club that Phil Coons once again won this award for supplying the most photos to the Club website. Phil also maintains our great Facebook page too. Here is a photo of Phil.
This award is given to any member who recruits at least three new members to our Club during the past year. This year the Board decided it was time to recognize Bob Hackenberg for the incredible web site he developed and continues to enhance. The number one reason cited by new members for joining the Club is our website.
Sorry to say there was no winner of the Bill and Nell Larrison Pinnacle Award this year. This award is very difficult to win and only two members have ever won it - Glee Crowder and David Kincaid. To win this award you must hike over 1,000 miles, lead over 50 hikes, lead 12 different hikes and contribute 16 or more hours. of trail maintenance.
New 25 Year Members
The following members have been in the Club continuously for the past 25 years:
Steve West Reba Wooden and here is her photo receiving the award.