Texas Master Naturalists must recertify annually to retain the Master Naturalist designation and receive the current year’s certification pin and milestone awards.
Forty hours of volunteer service and eight hours of advanced training must be completed and submitted by December 31 to receive the current year’s pin. Pin design is retired each year. The 2019 recertification pin is the Golden-cheeked Warbler.
Milestone pin awards are presented at 250, 500, 1000, and 2500 recorded volunteer service hours. 4000 recorded service hours earns the gold with ruby dragonfly and the President’s Call to Service Award with a letter signed by the President of the United States and the special blue eagle pin. 5000 volunteer service hours earns the distinguished diamond dragonfly. 10,000 service hours earns the emerald dragonfly. The Texas Master Naturalist program’s highest honor is the 20,000-hour ruby dragonfly.
Our chapter is proud to have twelve diamond dragonflies: Kip Kiphart 2007, Angelo Falzarano 2009, Priscilla Stanley 2009, Tom Collins 2009, Ron Hood 2010, Jim Stanley 2011, Kristie Denbow 2012, Cathy Downs 2013, Gracie Waggener 2015, Glenn Randow 2015, Stephen Bishop 2017, and Kathy Ward 2018.
We are honored to have two emerald dragonflies among us. Kip Kiphart reached the 10,000 hour milestone in October 2012. Ronald Hood reached the 10,000 hour milestone in November 2014.
Accolades once again to Ridlon “Kip” Kiphart who in 2018 was recognized for volunteering more than 20,000 hours since becoming a Texas Master Naturalist in 2004.