Category Archives: Recognition

Moody Gardens Shining Star – Carlos Rios

Congratulations to chapter member Carlos Rios. Carlos was recognized for his volunteer service by Moody Gardens. He was named a “shining star” of service for his education and outreach efforts.

ABNC Volunteer of the year – Joe Bryan

Joe Bryan was recognized as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year at Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC). Joe started volunteering at the nature center in 1985.  In 2018, he had hours in every department. He has been on the Volunteer board since 2014.  Joe is one of the many unsung heroes of ABNC; he is always at the nature center working in the background, and always available to help with any project. Congratulations Joe! On a side note, Joe recently achieved the Texas Master Naturalist 4000 volunteer service… Read More →

20,000+ Volunteer hours, really?

Yes, you read the title of the post correctly.  Our very own Tom Solomon reached and actually went over the 20,000 volunteer hour level on Sunday July 29, 2018.  This was a first for our Chapter and we are extremely proud of Tom.  He is only the second person in the state to achieve this level.  Tom was in the class of 2005.  Please congratulate Tom next time you see him! He will be receiving his award at the State conference.

Congrats to our 2017 Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to our 2017 Chapter Photo Contest winners. Sirens of the Sea – Bill Breaux Spoonbill Selfie – Candice Annen Prairie Ponderings – Marlynn Miller Overall winner for the chapter &  2nd place winner at the Texas State Master Naturalist conference – The waiting game – Deborah Repasz

Alan Wilde – Awarded 2017 Everyday Hero for Galveston Community

Alan Wilde, Class of 2001, has been recognized by the Galveston Daily News as one of their 2017 Everyday Heroes for his volunteer efforts.  Alan was recognized for his untiring efforts of monitoring the American Oystercatcher water bird and for nesting habitat restoration in Galveston County.  He is the leader of the Nesting Island Clean-Up by Kayak/Boat (NICK) team of chapter volunteers.  This group has been actively partnering with other non-profits to restore nesting habitat for water birds in our region.  

Congrats to Dick Benoit – Terry Hershey Bayou Preservation Stewardship Award

Dick Benoit, one of the founders of the Galveston Bay Area Chapter – TX Master Naturalist, was awarded the Terry Hershey Bayou Preservation Award this year.  Dick has been a master naturalist since 1999 and has over 15,000 volunteer service hours.   He is one of the true pillars of our chapter serving as president, mentor and teacher through the years.  Congrats Dick on a well deserved award.  

2016 Year End Celebration

Our GBAC-TXMN annual event was a night of fun and memories.  Thank you to the Class of 2016 for doing such an outstanding job of documenting our 15 years anniversary of being a chapter.  Their efforts in creating photo memories of each year were keepsakes that will be treasured. We also took the time to honor some of our members and of the community for the work they have done over the past year. Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a great evening.

Congrats to Cliff Muehe – 5,000 Volunteer Hour Milestone

Congratulations to Cliff Muehe on reaching the 5,000 hours of volunteer service.  Cliff is a member of the original 2001 GBAC-TXMN class.   Cliff’s volunteer efforts include Feather Fest and his dedication and work at Galveston Island State Park.   Congratulations to Cliff on this pinnacle of service. The Muehe family (Tawy and Cliff) have now both reached this milestone !

Congrats to Chatt Smith – 5,000 Volunteer Service Award

Congrats go out to Chatt Smith, Class of 2011, for achieving the 5,000 volunteer service hour milestone.   Chatt is a leading force behind our volunteer work in the creation, restoration and maintaining of prairie, marshland and dunes of the Galveston and surrounding community.        

Congrats to Nathan Veatch – Achieves 5,000 Volunteer Service Hours

Congratulations to Nathan Veatch for reaching the pinnacle of volunteer service for the Texas Master Naturalist community.  He has reached and now surpassed the 5,000 volunteer hour service pinnacle and is still going strong.  This milestone is equal to Nathan  donating over 2 1/2 years of full time employment to our community, beach and bay and the classroom. We thank you for your service and dedication