This years Achievement Awards and new 25 year members were announced at the Winter Banquet on December 4, 2022. All told, 43 different individuals won a total of 58 Achievement awards; obviously some members won more than one award. This year's winners each received a Carolina blue long sleeve tee shirt featuring the traditional Club logo of a man and women hiker and "2022 Achievement Award" below the logo (see photo). This year we also had a record number of 12 new 25 year members most who were present at the banquet; they each received an ingraved paperweight.
Allan Roberts - Allan deserves special recognition this year, since he hiked the most miles ever in one year 3,718 breaking (or might we say smashing) the record previously held by Glee Crowder of 3,398 miles. To achive this record Allan hiked as many as three hikes a day and averaged an incredible 71.5 miles a week. Glee Crowder - Had the second most miles for the year, over 2,000 miles for the 16th consecutive year and added to her all time mileage record of 54,063 miles. Tish Brafford Rick Braun Debbie Buchholz Marti Burton Cheryl Conces Dewey Conces Dori Davis Ron Elkins Sandy Fillenwarth - Sandy rejoined the Club after a many year absence and didn't resume hiking until March, but she still managed to achieve over 1,000 miles in a little over 7 months. Mike Kahlil David Kincaid Julie Litten Christine Nitz Kay Ramey 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 15 winners:
Glee Crowder - Once again Glee led the most hikes. Tish Brafford Rick Braun Marti Burton Janet Cohen Harold Crooks Jim Goulding Joan Griffitths David Kincaid Rick Kinnaman Julie Litten Kathy Whalen Rick Wortman Ed Wright
This award is given to members who complete the longest scheduled hike of the year, which was 31 miles. This year there were three ladies who all did this hike. Here is a photo of two of the three winners Theresa Ray and Kae Ramey who were present at the banquet.
Rita Bymaster Theresa Ray Kae Ramey
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. here is a photo of the 5 of the 7 winners who were at the banquet.
Mervyn Cohen - led 10 different hikes in Scotland, which gave him a great start David Kincaid Pat Lawler Terry Roesch 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 had two winners of this prestegious award:
Mike Seeman Katy Smith
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, mostly in Eagle Creek Park. Here are the six winners:
Phil Coons Gary Fine Russ Himes Ned Lewis Frank Povinelli Narcisso 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 Rick Kinnaman. He was not at the banquet to receive his award, since he was home recovering from recent foot surgery. Rick is being honored because of his continued volunteering to lead hikes (at least 4 different ones last schedule) for others, something he has done for many years. These hikes in all probability would have been cancelled had Rick not volunteered to lead them. Even when he is physically unable to hike himself he often shows up just to sign up others.
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 and Facebook page, which Phil also maintains. Here is a photo of Phil.
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 12 members (an all time high) have been in the Club continuously for the past 25 years. Here is a photo of the new 25 year members who attended the banquet. Also several photos taken after the banquet by Pat Lawler who presented the awards to David Kincaid and Paula and Ron Moore.
Tish Brafford Emily Hudson-Burch Betsy Fridenberg Karen Hyland David Kincaid Susanne McNeely Paula Moore Ron Moore Terry Roesch Susan Roberts Phil Short