Volunteers are at the heart of the great work that the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) accomplishes every year. In 2015, CFPA volunteers donated over 23,000 hours (valued at over $630,000 of in-kind work) through many, many activities supporting CFPA’s conservation mission.
At CFPA’s Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on November 6, 2015, CFPA called attention to the 2015 class of the 100-Hour Club as well as recognized the following volunteers for their outstanding efforts this past year:
- Lynn Kochiss – named "Co-pilot" for her work supporting the education programs of CFPA
- Marilyn Zeeb – named “Outstanding CFPA Volunteer” for her work on the CFPA grounds and gardens
- Bill Marshall – named “Outstanding Goodwin Volunteer” for his work at the Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center
- Liam and Jack Flanagan-Brown – named "CFPA Rambles - Dynamic Duo" for their work leading CFPA Rambles as a part of Frog Fridays
- Bob Mazzawy – named “Outstanding New Trail Manager” for his efforts managing the Shenipsit Trail
- Lynn and Tom Mulligan – named “Outstanding Trail Managers” for their work on the Quinnipiac Trail
- James Giana – named "Outstanding CFPA Volunteer" for his work as a Trail Monitor
- Dave Boone – named "Outstanding CFPA Volunteer" for his work in developing and supporting the Trail Monitor program
- Charles Tracy – named " Outstanding Friend of the Trail" for his support of the New England National Scenic Trail
In addition to these awards, we also honored two special supporters of CFPA's Land Conservation program, Emery Gluck and Daniel Donahue. Emery Gluck, utilizing his knowledge and skill gained as a State Forester, has gone above and beyond as a volunteer by actively managing one of the CFPA Protected Properties. Daniel Donahue has served on the Forest & Trail Conservation Committee of CFPA as the Committee Chair for a number of year. He has recently decided to step down from this position. His work has been invaluable to the organization. Both Emery and Daniel have been incredible supporters and we are very grateful for their service.
A number of award recipients were not able to accept their award at the Volunteer Dinner. CFPA is proud to honor:
- Judy Witzke – named "Resolute and Steady Volunteer" for her work with Project Learning Tree CT and her patience in forming the steering committee
- Ralph Fink – named "Outstanding New CFPA Volunteer" for his work on a number of different project including his involvement in the Green Building and Grounds Committee
- Fran Zumpano – named " Outstanding Goodwin Volunteer" for his work at the Goodwin Forest Conservation Education Center
- Michelle Piechowicz – named "Outstanding Advancement Volunteer" for her work supporting the advancement of the organization
- Laurie Mottle – named "Outstanding Advancement Volunteer" for her work supporting the advancement of the organization
- Matthew Lecky – named "Outstanding Youth Volunteer" for his work as a Trail Monitor
- Ethan Delaney – named "Outstanding Youth Volunteer" for his work as a Trail Monitor
CFPA is so pleased to call this unique and inspiring group of individuals our volunteers. If you would like to see the many different ways you can volunteer for CFPA, start right here!