More than 50 people turned out Sunday, Jan. 23, for the Raven Society Annual Meeting to honor several individuals for their commitment to preserving the county’s scenic beauty and environment.
“We had 55 to 60 people, which is more than we anticipated,” said board member Joe Gallagher. “It was a very good turnout. I think there is a great respect for the Raven’s Society in our community. People are interested in what we are doing.”
Gallagher said the awards drew some folks because the honors are new. “We have certain advocacies, and it is time for us to recognize people who are doing good things,” he said.
Keynote speaker by the Rev. Dr. Billy Mincer. “His theme was ‘Making a Difference as a Private Citizen in Conservation of Wildland and Open Space,’” Gallagher said. “It was about individual involvement in keeping our community nice.”
Two Long and Meritorious Service awards were given, one to Kim Soltero, a longtime member of the club and one to her father, Hugh Rickard, Gallagher said.
The Land Use Achievement Award went to Johnny Weston and Tom Weston for good developments and also for developing the community garden on Home Avenue.
The Sam Houston Leadership Award went to Rev. Dr. Mincer for his contributions to conservation and the development of the Raven’s Society.
The Standing Tall Citizen’s Award was presented to VJ Shore that was for her determination to stand up and fight for her property rights near Maple Lane Farm,” Gallagher said.
New board members of the Raven Society include Gail Harris, Joe Gallagher, Bob Frank, Rev. Dr. Billy Mincer, Lisa Misosky, Brad Ansley, Bootie Miller and Laurie Leslie.