October 20, 2008
The White River Partnership held its 2008 Annual Meeting at the White River Golf Club in Rochester on October 18 to celebrate our 12th year of hard work to improve the long-term health of the White River and its watershed. At a Golf Charity Event preceding the meeting, teams of 4 golfers came from across the watershed to support the Partnership, to have fun, and to vie for a bevy of bragging rights, including longest drive, closest to the pin, longest putt, and lowest team score. Local businesses contributing to the event included the White River Golf Club, Liberty Hill Farm, Margaret McKinley Counseling, Hurricane Flats Farm, Peavine Restaurant, Barnard Inn Restaurant, 5 Olde Tavern, Golf & Ski Warehouse, and Hanover Outdoors.
At the meeting, attendees enjoyed refreshments, a team trivia game, and the presentation of a volunteer award given in memory of Sami Izzo. Ron Rhodes, a local fly fishing guide serving as the Partnership’s Board President, received the 2008 Sami Izzo Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the Partnership as a Board member, advocate, and active volunteer for the past eight years. According to Chris Moore, President of the White River chapter of Trout Unlimited, with which Ron is also active, “The work of Trout Unlimited and the White River Partnership is never ending. It requires dedication of limited personal resources, determination to succeed, and devotion to a cause that is bigger than all of us and that will benefit a generation that may never meet us in person. But that’s the kind of man that Ron Rhodes is: dedicated, determined, and devoted. He was and is President, but more importantly, he is present. Ron works tirelessly to achieve the mission of TU and the Partnership – with all kinds of people, children, and adults alike – with patience, kindness, thoughtfulness, and knowledge.” Thank you, Ron, and congratulations!
A special thank you to all of our 2008 volunteers – the Partnership could not accomplish much of our important work without you! We look forward to working with all of you again in 2009!