Though the morning hike started off blustery, Sunday turned out to be a beautiful autumn day for the Friends of Balcones meeting and awards luncheon.
Post hike David Maple talked about the state of the Refuge and Cindy Fronk gave out volunteer awards. In addition to the volunteers who received recognition from the Refuge there were several awards given by the Friends of Balcones to members who had gone beyond the call of duty.
Cathy Harrington who will soon be hitting the road in her RV was recognized for her many years and thousands of hours dedicated to the Refuge. From organizing the CBC and Songbird Festival and more to creating this website Cathy’s skills will be sorely missed.
Karen Kilfeather was a founding member of the FOB and was our photography and graphics guru. Karen is the caretaker for the Peaceful Springs tract and was instrumental in bringing it into the Refuge.
Joan Mukherjee not only placed her ranch into a conservation easement managed by Balcones Canyonlands NWR but she spearheaded the effort to purchase Peaceful Springs.
FOB President Dub Lyon has devoted 12,500 hours to Balcones Canyonlands and was honored for becoming the National Wildlife Refuge Association’s 20 15 Volunteer of the Year.
The Flying X looked very festive with autumn themed décor on the table thanks to Sandy Gilchrist and Sharon Macut organized the a hearty lunch with help from board members.
As you can see happy socializing followed.