Oregon Chapter volunteers play a pivotal role in the success of the Sierra Club, both here in Oregon and across the nation. This year, we are proud to announce that three of our own have been recognized by the national Sierra Club for their contributions and work to explore, enjoy, and protect our planet.
Dave Bybee, Columbia Group Outings Leader, is the 2009 recipient of the Sierra Club’s Oliver Kehrlein award. This award honors those who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Sierra Club Outings program over an extended period of time. David began his Outings service in the UCLA Section of the Angeles Chapter in 1974. He has trained new outings leaders, taught backpacking classes, developed new leadership programs, and led over 2,000 miles of High Sierra backpack outings. He co-authored a book, Hot Springs and Hot Pools of the U.S., to help others discover and preserve these natural resources, and still leads an annual “Hot Springs in the Shadow of the Range of Light” outing in conjunction with the Angeles Chapter. As the Columbia group liaison manager for the Adopt-A-Park program, Dave works with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to provide Trail Maintenance for the popular Latourell Falls trail. He is the “go to” person for Club history, knowledge and outings lore as well as a valued member of our outings leadership team.
Jill Workman, Oregon Chapter Chair, is the 2009 recipient of the Sierra Club’s Special Service Award, which honors an individual’s strong and consistent commitment to the Sierra Club’s conservation efforts over an extended period of time. Her love of wilderness led her to join the Oregon Chapter’s High Desert Committee, where she was one of the key players that worked to pass legislation that helped to protect Steens Mountain in October of 2000. Jill is also being recognized for her efforts to organize a series of lobby weeks over the past six years to bring volunteer constituents to Washington D.C. to build the support and build the momentum needed to pass the Omnibus Public Land Management Act in March of this year. The Award also cites Jill’s steadfast support of Public Lands Day, and her role in creating its slogan: “Public Lands in Public Hands.” Over the last three years, the Jill has worked with Chapters and Groups nationwide to plan over 50 restoration events as part of Public Lands Day.
Barry Wulff, Marys Peak Group Chair, was selected to receive the Sierra Club’s 2009 Susan E. Miller Award, which honors administrative contributions to groups, chapters and regional entities. Barry has been chairman of the Marys Peak Group since 1999, and under his leadership this relatively small group has expanded to well over 2,000 members who participate in a large number of diverse outings and conservation activities, which have all been primarily due to his contagious enthusiasm and creative innovations. Since he is retiring from the MPG chairmanship after ten vital years in that position, the time was appropriate for him to finally be officially recognized for his huge contribution.