Master Naturalists must recertify annually to retain the Master Naturalist designation and receive the current year’s certification pin and milestone awards.
40 hours of volunteer service and 8 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 2017 recertification pin is the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. The 2018 Recertification pin is an Ocelot.
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 in the Master Naturalist program earns the Master Naturalist highest honor – the emerald dragonfly.
Our chapter is proud to have eleven 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, and Stephen Bishop 2017.
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.