At our recent Annual Meeting, several longtime members were celebrated for their contributions to The Watershed Institute on the 70th Anniversary.
The festivities included a reception with light refreshments for about 180 guests inside the LEED-Platinum certified Watershed Center.
Jim Waltman, Executive Director of the Watershed, paid tribute to the late David McAlpin Sr. and the Rev. David H. McAlpin Jr., whose terms on the Board of Trustees spanned 35 years.
“The McAlpin Family has served this organization with vigor,” Waltman said. “We are humbled by their vision and care as they guided this institution forward. We honor them today by dedicating the McAlpin Library to acknowledge their contributions.”
Jeff Hoagland, the Education Director, was recognized for his 35 years of service to the Watershed.
“Jeff is our institutional memory, a pioneer and innovator and one of the first people to call out when a raven or egret or monarch butterfly comes into view,” Waltman said. “His enthusiasm for the natural world and passion for teaching the next generation of environmental science leaders is unparalleled.”
Fredric J. Spar was commemorated posthumously for his integrity, dedication and years of service as a Trustee and environmental leader. His passion for history and painstaking attention to detail will be appreciated in years to come through his efforts to help with the historic Barn project.
His wife, Winnie, accepted the Edmund W. Stiles Award for Environmental Stewardship on his behalf.
Kate Dunham was saluted for her creative leadership in environmental science education of the Village Elementary School in Montgomery Township. She was presented with the Richard Rotter Award for Excellence in Environmental Education.
Retiring trustees Beth Behrend, Laura Hanson, Catherine Sidamon-Eristoff and Greg Vafis were honored for their years of service. Our new trustees were approved (see more information below) by the members.
Board members from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s & ’90s, ’00s & ’10s were also recognized.
A joint resolution from state lawmakers was presented, commemorating the Watershed’s 70 years of “tribute to the meritorious record of service and commitment of its leaders, staff and volunteers.”