The Ice Age Trail would not exist without volunteers. That’s not an exaggeration, it’s a fact. While all of us who are connected to the Trail depend upon our outstanding Ice Age Trail Alliance staff to provide the foundation for all we do, thousands of volunteers devote tens of thousands of hours every year to building and maintaining the trail, as well as the many other activities that are integral to the Ice Age Trail such as special events, promotion, advocacy, administrative tasks, and more.
While most of the people I know don’t volunteer because they want to be noticed the Ice Age Trail Alliance and one of our partners, the National Park Service, makes a point of recognizing volunteers through awards that are given annually. Given that the Lodi Valley is known for its strong volunteer presence I thought it would be nice to recognize the Lodi Valley Chapter members who were recognized this year.
The National Park Service recognized the following for their contributions (hours accumulated over time):
100 hours of volunteering: Dale Fanney, Mark Vike, Charlotte Wilson
250 hours of volunteering: Mandy Crary, Steve Voss, Robyn Weis
500 hours of volunteering: Jim Onofrey, Robyn Weis
The Ice Age Trail Alliance presented the following awards to the following Lodi Valley Chapter members this year:
10 Years of Service Award: Mandy & Andy Crary
In the Mud Award, given to a chapter member who goes above and beyond in volunteer efforts: Wendell Holl
Finally, our Lodi Valley Chapter is pleased to recognize a local person who is known by many of you, Luke Kloberdanz. Luke, who helped start the Lodi Valley Chapter, has been a member of the Ice Age Trail Alliance staff for a number of years. This year the Ice Age Trail Alliance Board of Directors presented Luke with the Excellence in Staff Service Award, a well-deserved honor.
If you know any of these people please make sure to thank them for their contributions to the Ice Age Trail. And if you’re looking for a focus for your volunteer efforts we would love to volunteer with you…..Along the Ice Age Trail.
Patti Herman live in the City of Lodi with her husband, Bill Welch. A retired educator, Patti is glad to be living in the Lodi Valley where she is surrounded by so much natural beauty, including the beauty to be found along the Ice Age Trail.