States Organization for Boating Access presents special awards at 2013 annual conference
States Organization for Boating Access
October 29, 2013
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Individual and project-based honors were given during the Annual Conference’s gala dinner
Chicago, I.L., October 28, 2013 – The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) recently presented a number of individual and project-based awards during its annual conference, held this year in Portland, Oregon from Monday, September 30 through Thursday, October 3, 2013. Honorees include individuals, agencies and organizations that have continually worked to promote boating access and provide better boating experiences for state residents and tourists.
Wayne Shuyler, Boating Facilities Section Manager/Deputy Director with the Oregon State Marine Board, received the highest honor that SOBA bestows each year, the William Ivers Award. It is presented to an individual who has contributed significantly over at least 15 years to the design, construction, management or administration of boat access facilities or programs. Shuyler has been involved in parks and recreation for nearly 40 years, working for three state governments in Missouri, Arizona and Oregon. He has also been active with SOBA since 2004 serving on the Executive Board in 2006 as a Member-At-Large, to the Treasurer position in 2008, VP in 2009, President in 2010 and Past-President in 2011.
Doug Hobbs, US Fish and Wildlife staff serving as the Designated Federal Officer for the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council received the Outstanding Service Award for his contributions to improve access on our nation’s public waters for boaters and anglers. Hobbs’ advocacy for boater access to the water, coupled with his understanding of the important role that state boating access programs play, has helped raise the stature of SOBA as a professional organization.
Julie McQuade was given the Professional Service Award, noting her ongoing efforts on behalf of SOBA’s mission. This work includes her 16 years as a SOBA member, Executive Board Member and Past President, and her work as the Grant Coordinator in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Watercraft Division, resulting in 180 boating access projects investing over $40 million.
Joyce Johnson, Special Assistant for Program Analysis and Development for the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program received the Special Recognition Award, horning efforts that are directly illustrative or supportive of SOBA’s mission. Johnson has worked to address a wide range of issues associated with the administration of Federal grant programs which distribute over $1 billion annually to state and local governments for recreation and natural resources conservation purposes.
Project-based awards were also given during the ceremony, honoring organizations that promote state boat access, innovation and environmental achievements. The State Boating Access Program Excellence Award was presented to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources: Wildlife Resources Division, for their significant work towards boat access development, and their outstanding service to residents and visitors to the state. In addition, the State Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Program Excellence Award was presented to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, for their ownership of the state clean vessel act program, serving the overall state community residents and visitors to the state.
Four categories of Outstanding Project Awards were also given to agencies or organizations involved in boating access projects that are highly innovative or unique in some way. This year’s recipients are as follows:
Outstanding Projects – Small Access
Harold & Sid Nichols Park Boating Facility Development, City of Winston, Oregon
Outstanding Projects – Mid Access
Pena Blanca Lake Boating Access Renovation, Arizona
Outstanding Projects – Large Access
M. James Gleason Boating Facility/Metro Parks and Environmental Services, Oregon
Marina and Harbors
Keegan Clair Docks – City of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida