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06/30/2009

Kudos to Staff!!!

I was particularly pleased that six board members could attend the 16th annual Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony. Larry Fahn, Robin Mann, Rafael Reyes, Chris Warshaw, Nathan Wyeth, and I helped honor and celebrate this year’s recipients…as well as make a presentation on behalf of the Board. I’ll just tease you with a snippet of the stories that exemplify these remarkable Sierra Club staff. You can read more here.

YuYu Thein received the Community Service Award in recognition of her efforts over the past 15 years on numerous humanitarian causes related to her native Burma. YuYu and her husband, Coban Tun, have raised public awareness, raised funds, and help reconstruct school for those oppressed by military junta and Cyclone Nargis.

Adrian Cotter received the Behind the Scenes Hero Award for both his design and technical leadership for the makeover of the Club’s public website, which has received praise both within and outside the Club. He has also been instrumental in development of the Club’s social networking effort to foster an expansive community of activists. 

Oliver Bernstein was honored with the Virginia Ferguson Award for demonstrated consistent and exemplary service to the Club. As our Deputy Press Secretary of Diversity Programs, Oliver excels at being able to “work with peoples’ personalities to craft a message that fits them and their work.”

The Coal Team (Bruce Nilles, Jesse Simons, Sarah Hodgdon, Pat Gallager, Virginia Cramer, Mary Anne Hitt, and Heather Cusick) was recognized with the Larry Mehlhaff Award for Excellence. Coal plants stopped – 99 and counting!

Bill Corcoran received the Special Achievement Award for the pivotal role he played in crafting the Tejon Ranch conservation agreement, which resulted in setting aside 270,000 acres of wildlife habitat in southern California.

Dave Muhly is the Mike McCloskey award winner and recognized for serving with distinction always – whenever and however called upon.

Vicky Barrett-Putnam received a Special Recognition Award from the Cabinet for work over and beyond the call with a crucial assignment assisting the Political Team in negotiating with mail and other vendors, saving the program hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Board of Directors awarded the John Muir Award to Greg Haegele.  This award established in 1961 is the Sierra Club's highest award and honors a distinguished record of leadership in national or international conservation causes. Greg brought to the Club an extraordinary ability to turn strategic thinking into organizational form and habit.  Although the award is usually (and will be) presented at the National Awards Banquet in September, we could not pass up the opportunity for staff to participate in celebrating and congratulating Greg.

You can learn more about the annual staff awards and submit a nomination here.

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