and John Pose with Their Well-Deserved Awards
Volunteers and Awards
The volunteer contributions and
leadership to Mature Friends can occur over many years and in many
- Serving on the board
- Assuming a leadership role as an officer on the board
- Leading an activity
- Participating in Mature Friends’ activities
Each year, Mature Friends honor a
volunteer for his or her service to the membership and the president
presents this volunteer with an engraved plaque.
Partly because the membership nominated so many deserving people for
Volunteer of the Year, President John Chaney created the Legacy Award
for outstanding service in every way, over many years. In 2014, John
named Len Tritsch to be the first Legacy Award winner. Len served as
president, board member, leader of the exercise group, and volunteered
for many tasks vital to keeping Mature Friends functioning.
Presenting This Year’s Awards
Next, our president announced the
winners of the Volunteer of the Year and the Legacy awards.
Vounteer of the year
President Chaney handed out this year's Volunteer of the Year award to
John Wott, our organizer of the beautiful and popular Garden Tours.
Here are a few of the statements from member nominations about John:
He is a tireless worker for our club. He has given years of exceptional
service. He has an absolute dedication to details and creating very
special experiences for Mature Friends members. A true gentleman. He
has served on the board and held the distinguished office of Vice
President or as some noted nodding to his wit “President of Vice.”
John’s many years of service to the members and Board are exceptional.
He has taken Mature Friends to divine and special garden places all
over the northwest. We are honored to have his expertise and knowledge.
John is never without a smile and his quick, delightful wit.
Congratulations to the 2016 Volunteer of the Year: John
Next, President Chaney presented the Legacy Award for 2016 to former
treasurer and current exercise head, Don McK.
Volunteer contributions and leadership to Mature Friends can occur over
many years and in many different forms. Service on the board, assuming
a leadership role as an officer, becoming an activity head, and just
plain cheerful participation. The past recipients of the award, Len
Tritsch and Bob McQ., exemplified these traits as does the 2016
Don has been a Mature Friends board member, an officer, activity head,
and so much more. One member said: “His attachment to the organization,
its mission, the ‘family’ ambiance, his fondness for its members, and
his relentless exemplary commitment to its well-being qualify him for
recognition. When events and functions are scheduled, they make up the
highlight of his day.”
And so it was an honor to present the second Legacy Award to Don. In
congratulations and thanks, the membership gave him a well-deserved
Congratulations to the 2016 Mature Friends Legacy Award recipient: Don McK
Recognizing Our Volunteers
After dinner, President John called up the volunteers who were present
at the banquet. Our incoming president Bruce (back row, third from
left) also headed up the Travel Committee, coming up with tours that
span the gamut from short and inexpensive to long and exotic, such
as China in April 2014
Bruce takes over the duties of president, he
will pass the leadership of the Travel Committee to another member with
the wander lust plus a knack for getting us good deals.
The Activity and
First off, our outgoing president John presented our board and officers
for the fiscal year of July 2016 through June 2017:
- President Bruce T.
- Past President John Chaney.
- Vice-President Mike P.
- Secretary Bill S., who also continues to edit our newsletter.
- Treasurer John B.
- Jeffery G., Assistant newsletter editor.
- Dean K., Membership.
- Keith "Woody" C., Creator and manager of our Facebook page.
- Scott L., Member at large.
- Scott M., Member at large.
- David T., Member at large
When you join Mature Friends or for those who are members, please
consider serving on the board or leading an activity. Our volunteers
are the heart of our organization.