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Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge Host the Annual Volunteer Awards Banquet

Region 3, December 4, 2012
Colleen Johnson of Brunswick, Mis. receives the 2012 Friends Member of the Year Award.
Colleen Johnson of Brunswick, Mis. receives the 2012 Friends Member of the Year Award. - Photo Credit: n/a
Jeff Hill of Brookfield, Mis. receives the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award.
Jeff Hill of Brookfield, Mis. receives the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award. - Photo Credit: n/a
Jeff Hill of Brookfield, Mis. receives the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award.
Jeff Hill of Brookfield, Mis. receives the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award. - Photo Credit: n/a

On Tuesday night, December 4, 2012, the staff of the Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge hosted the Annual Refuge Awards Banquet and publicly thanked several local organizations and volunteers for their contributions to the Swan Lake Refuge. The following groups were presented with the 2012 Partnership Award by Refuge Manager Steve Whitson:

  • Yellow Creek Chapter of Ducks Unlimited - for running the Greenwing Day event
  • Missouri Western Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society - for their help with the annual deer surveys
  • Chariton County Tours, Inc. - for promoting wildlife dependent recreational opportunities on Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge

The following groups were given certificates of appreciation for their help and sponsorship of the monthly First Friday’s event:

  • Sumner Sportsman’s Club
  • Grand River Audubon Society
  • Brunswick Lions Club
  • Sumner American Legion Auxiliary
  • Agri-Services of Brunswick
  • Chariton County Farm Bureau
  • Brunswick/Mendon Lions Club

Ruth Dougherity, Sharon Shatto, Shirley Fountain and Dorothy Kaye were presented with the 2012 Ambassador of Goodwill Award, for their efforts in supporting the monthly First Friday’s at the Refuge and other refuge events.The nominees for Volunteer of Year Award were: Jeff Hill, Josie Miller, Wyatt Miller, Steve Kinder  and Bob & Donna Grimes.

Jeff Hill received the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award for his countless hours of support and behind the scenes efforts for many of the refuge events.The Friends Group Member of the Year nominees, were:

  • Colleen Johnson
  • Richard Mauzey
  • Myrna Carlton
  • Darryl Young

Colleen Johnson received the 2012 Friends Group Member of the Year for her outstanding leadership and dedication in direct support of the Friends of Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Once again, the entire Swan Lake Refuge Staff would like to express their thanks to all of the refuge volunteers for a job well. Without your support and assistance the refuge would not “Shine” as bright as it does!

Contact Info: Steve Whitson, 660-856-3323 ext. 13, steve_whitson@fws.gov