Congratulations Open Space Council 2019 Award Recipients!
Award recipients were honored at the OSC Annual Holiday Open House on December 3rd at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
The William C. Shock Clean Water Conservancy Award was presented to the Greenway Network, for their 25 years of conservation work. Greenway Network began as a St. Charles County based organization but soon expanded to collaborate, partner, and engage with communities across the region. Greenway Network works on a variety of conservation projects, including the Cooperative Stream Investigation Project Plan for Dardenne Creek, watershed educational presentations, river cleanups, and invasive species removal.
The Land Conservancy Award was presented to Kim Cuddeback, for her work as a driving force and co-founder of the Maryland Heights Residents for Responsible Growth (MHRRG). Kim joined the Open Space Council board in 2009, and she quickly became secretary, vice president and served as board president 2016 through 2019. During her time with the Open Space Council, she worked tirelessly to transition the organization to become fiscally solid and self-reliant enough to have a dedicated executive director and staff accompanied by a more engaged board. Her investment of time, effort and energy supported OSC to effectively achieve its goals of land and water conservation.
The President’s Award was presented to Katherine Dockery for exceptional commitment to the Open Space Council over the last ten years in her various roles as volunteer, board member, staff member, and Executive Director.
Special Volunteer Awards were given to Charlie Ponciroli and Marvin Behnke for their 50+ year dedication to Operation Clean Stream. Charlie has cooked hot dogs for the volunteer appreciation picnic at Greentree Park that follows Operation Clean Stream for over 50 years. This picnic site has grown over the yeas and now nearly 200 volunteers attend this picnic. Marvin has served as a volunteer Trip Leader for over five decades.