November 20, 2012

2012 Volunteer Awards

Each year, RFOV recognizes project and committee volunteers, agency partners, and  food sponsors who have gone the extra mile.

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2012 Award Winners

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[li]Volunteer of the Year– Scott Gordon[/li]
[li]Pulaski Award**– Michael Hutton[/li]
[li]Crew Leader of the Year– Gail Mason[/li]
[li]Ambassador of the Year– Dick Wells[/li]
[li]Food Sponsor of theYear – Glenwood Canyon Resort[/li]
[li]Agency Partner of the Year – Steve Anthony (Garfield County) [/li]
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**The Pulaski Award goes to the volunteer who has completed the most RFOV projects in the season.

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[image shadow=”true” border=”true” height=”280″ width=”280″]http://rfov.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Scott-Gordon_vol-of-year.jpg[/image] Scott Gordon, 2012 Volunteer of the Year
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PRESS RELEASE
Oct. 23, 2012

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers honors outstanding participants

[image shadow=”true” border=”true” height=”280″ width=”280″]http://rfov.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Micheal-Hutton-hauling-dirt.jpg[/image] Michael Hutton, 2012 Pulaski Award winner hauling dirt on the Skyline Ridge Trail Project.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) honored their extraordinary volunteers at an annual awards ceremony and dinner on Oct. 25 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Each year, RFOV recognizes project and committee volunteers, agency partners, and  food sponsors who have gone the extra mile to help fulfill the nonprofit’s mission of promoting stewardship of public lands through volunteer opportunities for trail work and conservation projects.

Scott Gordon of Snowmass Village was named RFOV’s Volunteer of the Year. In 2007, Gordon reached out to RFOV seeking information on how to maintain trails, specifically the Rim Trail that runs behind his house. That launched his engagement with RFOV and volunteering on projects. In 2009, he joined the Project Selection Committee and then in 2010, the RFOV Board of Directors and is currently the Board Secretary.  Gordon has also manned trailhead tables, helped set up and present RFOV Road Shows, posted project fliers, written articles for the newsletter, and helped coordinate, support and recruit volunteers for RFOV through his position with Alpine Bank. He is a passionate and active Ambassador for RFOV and stewardship of our trails and public lands.

The Pulaski Award goes to the volunteer who has completed the most RFOV projects in the season. The 2012 award winner is Carbondale resident Michael Hutton, who volunteered on a total of eight project days this year. One of RFOV’s founders, Hutton has been a dedicated volunteer throughout RFOV’s 17 year history. This is the second time that Michael has won the Pulaski Award with the first time in 2010.  He also serves on the Crew Leader Development Committee.

Gail Mason of Aspen was named Crew Leader of the Year for the second year in a row. Awarded the New Crew Leader of the Year Award in 2010, Mason has sustained strong leadership volunteering on 6 projects this year. Building on a strong foundation of RFOV trail work experience that began in 2007 through the Aspen Cycling Club, Mason began her crew leader training in 2008. She consistently volunteered as an assistant crew leader through 2009. With many hours of on-the-ground-training, she began leading her own crews in 2010.

Steve Anthony, Garfield County’s weed management specialist is the winner of this year’s Agency Partner of the Year Award.  Every year since 2006, RFOV has completed one Tamarisk removal project between Rifle and Glenwood Spring, working with a broad coalition of project partners including Garfield County, Trout Unlimited, the cities of Rifle and Glenwood Springs, CDOT, LoVa Trails, and Roaring Fork Conservancy in clearing dozens of acres of riverbank of this invasive plant.

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Garfield County, represented by Anthony has been the indispensible partner in each of these projects. Anthony plays a key role in identifying projects sites, providing the resources required, and is very enthusiastic about involving volunteers in these efforts.

Glenwood Canyon Resort was named Food Sponsor of the Year. Over the years, RFOV has been fortunate to have local restaurants donate food for its end-of-the-day dinners to reward volunteers for their hard work on project days. For the No Name Trail project on September 22, Glenwood Canyon Resort generously provided their property for parking, registration and provided a dinner on their outside deck overlooking the river for all volunteers after a full day of work.

The 2012 Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Dick Wells of Carbondale. Wells served as Ambassador on three projects this year: one of the Wulfsohn evenings in May; the Basalt Bridge project where he and fellow Ambassador Marty Manosevitz kept the lemonade and gator aid flowing for the 80 plus volunteers on a very hot June 23; and in a 180 degree reversal, kept the coffee and hot chocolate on one of the rainiest and coldest RFOV projects ever with the recent Tamarisk project on October 13 in Glenwood Springs.

“Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers commends its entire community of volunteers who helped make the 2012 such a successful season,” said RFOV Executive Director David Hamilton. RFOV completed 70 volunteer field days in 2012. That is a dramatic increase from previous years which consisted of 23 field days in 2009 and 35 in 2010, and 63 in 2011. In total, that amounts to 1,423 project volunteer days and over 6,100 hours to date on projects alone. Those hours do not include hours put in on RFOV’s eight working committees and Board of Directors. “Despite the challenging economy, RFOV is growing and increasing the amount of trail and restoration work completed every year,” Hamilton said.

Since 1995, RFOV has engaged more than 15,173 volunteers on 156 large-scale projects.  In 16 years we have built 31.25 miles of new trail, helped maintain another 271 miles, planted more than 11,750 trees and shrubs and 11 acres of wetlands, and cleared dozens of acres of invasive species such as Tamarisk.  In total, RFOV has completed projects worth several million dollars in value to our trails, public lands, and community.

For more information, call 927-8241.

[image shadow=”true” border=”true” height=”280″ width=”280″]http://rfov.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/dick-wells_ambassador.jpg[/image] Dick Wells, 2012 Ambassador of the Year winner signing in volunteers at the Tamarisk Removal Project.
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