Awards

In 1990, the Tri-State Seminar Executive Committee recognized the extraordinary service of Charles E. (Chuck) Ohr with the first TSS Outstanding Service Award and is now awarded to volunteers with 5+ years of dedicated service.  As the first recipient, Chuck became the Awards Committee Chair. The Committee quickly added a second award, TSS Employer Appreciation, an engraved plaque reading: "In Recognition for Your Continuous, Outstanding and Generous Support Providing Resources Which Have Contributed To The Continued Success of The Tri-State Seminar on-the-River." The Seminar also awards the out-going Executive Committee Chair with a gavel plaque at the Annual Awards Banquet.

In 1994, the Big Bend Canoe Club (BBCC) was created, inducting six Navigators. The BBCC is led by the Stroke, John Getchell. Membership in the BBCC has grown slowly, since it requires extraordinary service to the Tri-State Seminar just to be nominated. The badge of a Navigator is a gold paddle (dubbed the 'ohr'). Getting paddled by a crew of navigators is an prestigious and emotional moment for a Tri-State volunteer. This award is given to those with 10+ years of dedicated service.

In 2017, a new award was presented to three of our longest serving volunteers. The TSS Lifetime Achievement Award inducts members into the TSS Anchor Society and is now considered the most prestigious award. Only members of the TSS Anchor Society can add the newest members.  This award is given to those with 25+ years of dedicated service.

The following is a list of the most recent award recipients. Please see the provided link to view a complete list of the Tri-State Seminar's 'Honor Roll' of awards since 1990.

 

  Outstanding Service Employer Appreciation Past Chair Big Bend Canoe Club Lifetime Achievement
2019 

Salvador Cruz
Kook Kim Dean
Lucky Roberts
Frank Rodarte
Greg Turner
Roberta Valle
Angel Yanez
Sharyl Yanez

Dan Fisher, Clark County Water Reclamation District
Maureen Robinson, South Point Hotel & Casino

Cindy Martinez

Linda Grossman
Gary Hall

Annette Duarte
Cindy Martinez

2018 Lisa Culbert
Susan Getchell
Laura Giuliano, Las Vegas    LeAnna Risso
Kelli Callahan 
Jeff Carter
Keni Whalen 
2017

Angie Villareal
Chris Henrichsen
John Martinez
Stephen Johns
Tom Galeziewski

 

Jake Jacobson

Gene Dahl
Mike MacKenzie

Pat Davis
John Getchell
Vicki Scott

2016

David Holguin

Gary Hall

Gene Dahle

Javier Villarreal

John Watson

Keli Callahan

Leanna Risso

Linda Grossman

Maggie Martinez

Mark Lina

Paul Krauth

Robert Olds

Rynta Porter

Bruce Dacko

Metro Water District

Ojai Valley Sanitation District

 

Rick Simpson

Bruce Dacko

Margaret Colby

John Watson

 
2015   Lake Hemet Municipal Water District Jerry Jimenez Nicole DeMoet  
2014      

Dave Badgley

Kris Bustamante

Paul Johnson

Randy Ottens

Francis Solis

Tom Rura

Ron Schyler

Paul Walton

 
2013

Ann Humeniuk

Margaret Colby

Rick Simpson

City of Coachella CA

Valley Sand District

Pat Davis

Mitch Freeman
Tim Page

Eugene Bragazzi

Hector Perez

 
2012

Doug Drury

Dave Badgley

Paul Walton

Evans Hydro      
2011

Kristine Hammond

Pete Humeniuk

Mike MacKenzie

Fred Bollinger

  Bruce Dacko

Jake Jacobson

Sheri Boyer

Julie Taylor

 
2010

Steve Davis

Mitchell Freeman

Gary Smith

Clint Harris

Tom Rura

Rick Lewis

Sandy Carter

Paul Walton

Nicole Green

Eugene Braggazi

Hector Perez

Michael Gritzuk

Pima County Regional Reclamation Dept.

 

Lee Boyer

Steve Davis

 
2009

Eric Leveque

Jake Jacobsen

Tim Page

Kris Bustamente

Lino Vega

Mission Springs Water District

Target Business Products

Jeff Carter

Mark Graham

Dan Hood

Jerry Jimenez

Debbie Stratton

Mark Evan Martinez

 
2008

Lee Boyer

Sheri Boyer

Mark Graham

Mark E. Martinez

Randy Ottens

Rick Roper

Dave Ruegge

Julie Taylor

Gerardo (Jerry) Jimenez

City of Mesa - Water Reclamation Facility

City of Tempe - Water Department

 

Ed Starner

Dave Ruegge

Rita Buck