Hall of Fame News – 2010

Past Inductee Deaths

It is our sad task to make you aware of the passing of several Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame inductees.

Ruth Hine, inducted in 2010, passed away on February 23, 1010.

Harold “Bud” Jordahl, inducted in 2005, passed away on May 11, 2010

Lorrie Otto, inducted in 1999, passed away on May 30, 2010

Cid Vig, inducted in 2005, passed away October 31, 2010

Our condolences to their families and to the residents of the State of Wisconsin for our loss of these note-worthy conservationists.

New Book by WCHF Inductee

Harold C. Jordahl, Jr., 2005 Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame inductee, has authored a new book, with Annie L. Booth, entitled Environmental Politics and the Creation of a Dream. It is a detailed and extensive personal memoire relating to his years of dedication to preserving the environment and his fight to preserve the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Lake Superior as a national park. Included are not only his own personal recollections, but also those of prominent figures such as Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and President John F. Kennedy along with insights about all the others who helped champion the preservation of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Gene Roark

Gene Roark, President of Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Gathering Waters Conservancy this past September for his environmental protection and land conservation leadership in Wisconsin. Spanning 60 years, Gene’s efforts have touched dozens of organizations and includes the co-founding of The Nature Conservancy office in Wisconsin. While a Wisconsin state employee primarily in the area of tourism, he worked with a variety of state agencies including Department of Natural Resources, always promoting Wisconsin’s attractions in environmentally sound ways.

For more details go to page 4 of the Fall 2010 issue of Crosscurrents

Thank you Peter Muto

At the last Board of Director’s meeting, the Board reluctantly accepted Peter Muto’s resignation as Treasurer. Peter was Treasurer for more years than either of us cares to count. His efforts to keep us on a financial even keel have been important in making sure that we continue to do the job of recognizing conservation leaders in the State and Nation.

During his tenure, Pete brought discipline to our budget, and kept us constantly aware of the need to maintain a healthy cash position. We thank you, Pete for all your work keeping us honest, and wish you the best as you move on to new opportunities.

Earl Spangenberg
Executive Secretary

Greetings! From our New Treasurer

You may be interested in knowing something about the new Treasurer for the WCHF Foundation. I arrived in Wisconsin five years ago when I became an Assistant Professor of Environmental Education and Interpretation in the College of Natural Resources at UWSP. I have served as the College representative for the WCHF Board of Directors for a couple of years. It is an honor to be part of such a reputable organization filled with individuals who are passionate about acknowledging the valuable contributions of the many Wisconsin conservationists from our past, present and future.

Along with your interest in Wisconsin conservation, I hope you will consider supporting the WCHF Foundation with your financial support by becoming an Affiliate Member.

What is an Affiliate Member? They are supporters of the Hall of Fame and are interested in the work of the organization. They offer their financial support and interest, but do not play a direct role in the deliberations of the Hall of Fame. If you choose to financially support the WCHF, you will automatically be listed as an Affiliate Member for the year in which you make a donation.

Consider renewing your membership today rather than waiting for the induction ceremony announcement. The Affiliate membership is currently fairly small and we would like to increase the size to form an important support group for the Hall of Fame. Please send your donation to the address below. Thank You!

Brenda Lackey
Schmeeckle Reserve – UWSP
Stevens Point, WI 54481