With the help of Camp Horizons, Joshua’s Trust has once again proven it knows how to put on a party!
Once a year the Trust assembles at a local venue to celebrate its mission and renew its spirits for the year ahead. This year, on Oct. 15, staff at the South Windham camp for children with special needs provided a delicious four-course meal as Trust members recognized the many achievements of their volunteers.
Three out-going Trustees – Bob Dubos of Chaplin, Chuck Vinsonhaler of Mansfield and Eric Thomas of Coventry – were thanked for their service and three new Trustees were introduced: Gail Bruhn of Mansfield, Carl Lindquist of Chaplin and Dave Parry of Windham.
David Wagner, a past president of the Trust, received the individual Conservation Award in recognition of his work in New England on caterpillars. Dr. Wagner’s book, Caterpillars of Eastern North America, is widely regarded as one of the most authoritative field guides on caterpillars. He has been at the forefront on preserving the habitat of native insects, and his books have been an important tool in educating the public about the importance of habitat preservation and the joys of discovering these small fascinating creatures.
The Conservation Award for a group went to the Friends of the Shetucket River Valley.
Their mission is to help other not-for-profit organizations and governments acquire and preserve open space through fund-raising and public awareness campaigns. River, which was the former Watson Farm, now the Sprague Land Preserve. They are currently working on protecting the 111 acre adjoining Robinson property.
The Sam Dodd award for a special stewardship project went to the two “Bills” – Bill Ingalls and Bill Bland – for their bridge building – at Friedman Memorial Forest in Ashford, Utley Hill Preserve in Columbia and Whetten Woods in Mansfield.
Ann Dunnack received the Mighty Oak award, in “recognition of her long-standing and steady stewardship.” She has been a steward of the Utley Hill Preserve in Columbia for many years, as well as a regional coordinator, and is now chair of the stewardship committee.
The Presidential Citation Award, in recognition of service above and beyond to the Trust, went to Allison Burchell-Robinson, currently Treasurer, as well as a past president.