PRESIDENT'S CALL TO SERVICE AWARD

Chapter members who have met the requirements of the President's Call to Service Award.

In January 2003, President George W. Bush signed an Executive Order creating the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (The Council) within the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).   The mission of The Council, as set forth in the Order, is:
  • To encourage the recognition of outstanding volunteer service and civic participation by individuals, schools, and organizations and thereby encourage more such activity, especially on the part of America's youth.
  • To facilitate awareness of the ways in which Americans throughout our history have helped to meet the vital needs of their communities and Nation through volunteer service and civic participation.
The Council has established several award levels.   The President's Call to Service Award recognizes 4,000 hours or more of volunteer service over the recipient's lifetime.   Persons of all ages are eligible to receive the award.   The award includes a lapel pin (left), a Personalized Certificate, and a Congratulatory Letter from the President of the United States.
All awards are ordered through official "Certifying Organizations."   These organizations verify the hours of each nominate, nominate qualified volunteers, and distribute the Awards locally.
The Council created an awards program known as the Presidentís Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.   The awards recognize individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.
The Texas Master Naturalist State Office is the registered and approved Certifying Organization for the Texas Master Naturalist Program.   The State Office nominates Certified Master Naturalists for recognition and administers procedural matters.   Local Chapters present the awards.   In the years since the Cradle of Texas Chapter was founded in 2001, several members (or former members) have received the award.   They are listed below in the order of the date of the award.

Phil Huxford - November 2008
http://tmnnewsarchive.blogspot.com/2013/01/phil-huxford-earns-presidents-call-to.html
Phil was awarded the President's Call to Service Award in recognition of contributing over 5000 hours of service helping Brazoria County residents understand the local natural resources and how to use them wisely.   A member of Texas Master Naturalists since 2001, Phil contributed to our community with many citizen science projects, such as his Brazoria County Copperhead Study.   He has been involved with many educational activities including bird banding, bird counts, butterfly counts, plant surveys, and guided tours.   He has assisted with the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory's annual "Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza," and has served as chairperson of the annual Migration Celebration for the past eight years.   Phil has also served as Vice-President of the Cradle of Texas Chapter.

The Texas Master Naturalist State Office was the Certifying Organization for this award.

Tracie Teague - November 2008
http://tmnnewsarchive.blogspot.com/p/tracie-teague-earis-presidents-call-to.html
Tracie received the Presidentís Call to Service Award in November 2008 at a meeting of the Texas Master Naturalist Mid-Coast Chapter.   The award was presented in recognition Tracie's volunteer efforts on behalf of the Cradle of Texas Chapter, the Mid-Coast Chapter, and their partner organizations.  At the time of the award, Tracie had donated over 5000 hours of volunteer service.   Tracie was a member of the Cradle of Texas Class of 2002 and qualified for certification that same year. In 2006, she transferred her membership to the Mid-Coast Chapter. The Mid-Coast Chapter includes, Aransas, Calhoun, Jackson, Matagorda, Refugio, San Patricio, and Victoria Counties.

The Texas Master Naturalist State Office was the Certifying Organization for this award.

Mary Helen Israel - January 2009
http://tmnnewsarchive.blogspot.com/2013/01/mary-helen-israel-earns-presidents-call.html
Mary Helen is a charter member of the Cradle of Texas Chapter and has served as editor of the Chapter's Newsletter, Chapter News, since its inception.   She has been an active participant in several of the Chapter's volunteer activities including Migration Celebration, Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza, and the Summer Library Program "Nature at the Libraries," presented at branches of the Brazoria County Library System.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas Master Naturalist State Office were the Certifying Organizations for this award.

Tom Collins - February 2009
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Tom received the President's Call to Service Award in February 2009 at a meeting of the TMN Hill Country Chapter at the Riverside Nature Center in Kerrville, Texas.   The award was presented in recognition of his volunteer work on behalf of three organizations: TMN Cradle of Texas Chapter, TMN Hill Country Chapter, and Sea Center Texas.   At the time of the award, Tom had donated over 5000 hours of volunteer service to these organizations.   Tom was a member of the Cradle of Texas Chapter from its founding in 2001 until 2006 when he moved away from Brazoria County. " Most of Tom's work with the Hill County Chapter has been with Monarch butterfly monitoring and other butterfly counts at the parks and nature centers in the area, both as a trainer and a participant.

The Texas Master Naturalist State Office and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department were the Certifying Organizations for this award.

Denis Mudderman - October 2009
http://tmnnewsarchive.blogspot.com/2013/01/denis-mudderman-earns-presidents-call.html
Denis Mudderman has donated over 5000 hours to the National Wildlife Refuge System since 2005.   During the summer months he volunteers at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in Rochert, Minnesota.   During the winter months he volunteers at the Texas Mid-Coast Refuge Complex based in Brazoria, Texas.   The complex administers three National Wildlife Refuges: Brazoria NWR, San Bernard NWR, and Big Boggy NWR.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service was the Certifying Organization for this award.

Jim Renfro - April 2010
http://tmnnewsarchive.blogspot.com/2013/01/jim-renfro-earns-presidents-call-to.html
Jim received the Presidentís Call to Service Award in April 2010 at a meeting of the TMN Cradle of Texas Chapter at the Brazosport Planetarium in Clute.   The award was presented by Chapter Membership Chair Jerry Eppner in recognition Jim's volunteer efforts on behalf of the Chapter and its partner organizations.   At the time of the award, Jim had donated over 5000 hours of volunteer service.   Jim was a member of the Class of 2001, the first intern training class offered by the chapter.

The Texas Master Naturalist State Office was the Certifying Organization for this award.

Roy Morgan - January 2013
http://tmnnewsarchive.blogspot.com/2013/02/roy-morgan-and-tom-morris-earn.html
Roy is an active volunteer at Sea Center Texas where he serves as a tour guide, often leading tours for school children. He sometimes dons scuba gear to go "Swimming with the Fishes,". He also assists other partner organizations including the Brazosport Planetarium and Nature Center, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Brazoria County Parks Department, and Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. He is a Certified Texas Master Naturalists, Class of 2004.

The Texas Master Naturalist State Office was the Certifying Organization for this award.

Tom Morris - January 2013
http://tmnnewsarchive.blogspot.com/2013/02/roy-morgan-and-tom-morris-earn.html
Tom is an active volunteer at Sea Center Texas where he serves as a tour guide.   He often leads tours for members of the general public and school groups.   Tom also volunteers with other partner organizations including Sea Center Texas and the Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences.   Tom organizes and leads Whooper Crane Trips on Matagorda Bay.   Tom is Certified Texas Master Naturalists Class of 2004.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas Master Naturalist State Office was the Certifying Organizations for this award.

Marty Cornell - September 2013
http://tmnnewsarchive.blogspot.com/2013/09/marty-cornell-recognized-for-5000.html
Marty Cornell is recognized for contributing over 5000 hours of service to our community.   Marty was a member of the Class of 2004.   He qualified for certification in December 2004 and has recertified every year since. Marty has been an active volunteer with particular emphasis on the Discovery Environmental Education Program (DEEP) a Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge.

The Texas Master Naturalist Program was the Certifying Organization for this award.

Jerry Eppner - January 2014
http://tmnnewsarchive.blogspot.com/2014/03/jerry-eppner-earns-presidents-call-to.html
Since 2004, Jerry has also contributed over 2000 hours volunteering as member of the Texas Master Naturalist Cradle of Texas Chapter assisting with the Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza, Migration Celebration, Bird and Butterfly Counts, and many other activities including serving as the membership chair for the organization.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas Master Naturalist State Office were the Certifying Organizations for this awards

Ed Barrios - March 2014
http://tmnnewsarchive.blogspot.com/2014/03/four-tmn-cot-members-earn-presidents.html
Ed serves on our Chapter's Board of Directors as State Representative, conducts advanced training classes, and participates in our Environmental Education programs.   He volunteers with Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges and serves on its Board of Directors as President and as a member of its Migration Celebration Planning Committee.   He is a member of Brazoria County Master Gardeners Association and has served as its President.   Between February and April of each year, Ed volunteers for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide programming provided free tax-preparation assistance to taxpayers with low or moderate incomes.

The Texas Master Naturalist State Office was the Certifying Organization for this award.

Sandy Henderson - March 2014
http://tmnnewsarchive.blogspot.com/2014/03/four-tmn-cot-members-earn-presidents.html
Sandy has served on our Chapter's Board of Directors as Treasurer.   She volunteers with Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue and serves on its Board of Directors and as Treasurer.   She is a member of Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges and has served on its Board of Directors and on its Migration Celebration Planning Committee.

The Texas Master Naturalist State Office was the Certifying Organization for this award.

Justina Dent - March 2014
http://tmnnewsarchive.blogspot.com/2014/03/four-tmn-cot-members-earn-presidents.html
Justina was a founding member of our chapter and has been an active volunteer since its founding.   Justina is an active participant in our Environmental Education and outreach efforts.   She joined other chapter members during our field trips to Matagorda Island in 2009-11.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas Master Naturalist State Office were the Certifying Organizations for this awards

Neal McLain - March 2014
http://tmnnewsarchive.blogspot.com/2014/03/four-tmn-cot-members-earn-presidents.html
Neal serves on our Chapter's Board of Directors as newsletter editor and webmaster for our Chapter's website.   He volunteers with Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges and serves on its Board of Directors as a member of its Migration Celebration Planning Committee, and as webmaster for the organization's website.   He volunteers with the Brazoria County Historical Museum cataloging maps, and serves on the Brazoria County Historical Commission as Secretary.   He is a member of the Brazos Valley Railroad Society and manages its website.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas Master Naturalist State Office were the Certifying Organizations for this award.

Dave Brandes - August 2014
http://tmnnewsarchive.blogspot.com/2014/08/two-tmn-cot-members-earn-presidents.html
Dave Brandes is member of the TMN-COT Class of 2006.   He served as Chapter as Training Director in 2007 and as as Chapter president for more than four year.   He has served on the GCBO Board of Directors and its Advisory Board. Dave has been an active volunteer in numerous Chapter activities and environmental education programs.   He has served as a tour guide at Sea Center Texas participates in the Brazoria County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, the Citizens Emergency Response Team, and the Medical Reserve Corp.   As an amateur radio operator he holds Call Sign W5DJB.

The Texas Master Naturalist State Office was the Certifying Organization for this award.

Barbara Burkhardt - August 2014
http://tmnnewsarchive.blogspot.com/2014/08/two-tmn-cot-members-earn-presidents.html
Barbara is member of the Class of 2003.   She has served our chapter as State Representative (2005-06), Secretary (2007), and President (2011-12), and Past President (2013-14).   She is a certified Texas Master Naturalist and a certified Texas Master Gardener.   She is a dedicated gardener, and often opens her backyard garden to Chapter members for study and research.

The Texas Master Naturalist State Office was the Certifying Organization for this award.

Jim Calvert - September 2016
http://tmnnewsarchive.blogspot.com/2016/11/jim-calvert-receives-presidents-call-to.html
Jim Calvert has reached the 4000-hour Volunteer Service milestone. † In recognition of this accomplishment Jim has been awarded the President's Call to Service Award. † Jim was a member of the Class of 2004. † He qualified for certification in December 2004 and has recertified every year since. † Jim an active volunteer on behalf of Brazos Bend State Park.

The Texas Master Naturalist State Office was the Certifying Organization for this award.

Pete Romfh - October 2018

Pete Romfh is a member of the Class of 2012.  †He is an active volunteer and has served our chapter as photographer, teacher, and volunteer coordinator.   Many of his photographs have won awards at Migration Celebration Photo Contest.   In recognition of this accomplishment Pete has been awarded the President's Call to Service Award.   It was awarded at the TMN State Meeting in Rockwell, Texas.

The Texas Master Naturalist State Office was the Certifying Organization for this award.

Carolyn May-Monie - November 2018
http://tmn-cot.org/Newsletters/Chapter_News_2018-11.pdf
Carolyn May-Monie is a member of the Class of 2002.  † She has served our chapter as President and as Training Director.  †She has been an active supporter of our environmental education programs and has lead many classes.  † In recognition of this accomplishment Carolyn has been awarded the President's Call to Service Award.

The Texas Master Naturalist State Office was the Certifying Organization for this award.

Ruby Lewis - November 2018
http://tmn-cot.org/Newsletters/Chapter_News_2018-11.pdf
Ruby is a member of the Class of 2005.  † She serves our chapter as outreach director, arranging nature-themed programs at libraries throughout Brazoria County and other public venues.   Many of her presentations include live reptiles including turtles, a juvenile alligator, and non-venomous snakes.  † In recognition of this accomplishment Ruby has been awarded the President's Call to Service Award.

The Texas Master Naturalist State Office was the Certifying Organization for this award.


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