Summer Meetings

The October column is supposed to be about the convention. Like everything else in 2020, the convention was different. I should be writing about the winner of the Alonzo Stevens Junior Memorial Government Affairs Award, but I’m more excited to write about the August Bulletin. Shirley Gautier, whom I recognized in my August column, was named to the AANR Hall of Fame! She wrote an excellent article in the August Bulletin about what it means to be committed to government affairs.
Shirley’s long-term efforts in AANR-Northwest have been a source of pride and an example of what one person can do to help improve awareness of the local environment – nudist or not. Her support at Glass Bar Island is the first thing that comes to my mind when people ask about Shirley. That was back in 2010, and she had been working on public lands issues before that.
The other person who was named to the Hall of Fame was Nancy Tiemann Solvin, the owner of Bare Necessities Travel Agency and another avid GAT supporter. Nancy’s numerous donations, along with offering a stateroom on a Bare Necessities Cruise, have always been a godsend to all of the donation drives. GAT recognized Nancy a few years ago with the GAT service award. I am very pleased to know she has now been added to the AANR Hall of Fame. 
I am so pleased to be in the company of these two women who have done so much for government affairs efforts over the 10 years I have been involved with GAT. So lastly, I would like to extend a thank you to the GAT award selection committee who presented the Alonzo Stevens Junior Memorial Government Affairs Award to me. This was a complete surprise and I thank you for this recognition. I am honored to have been selected.