Every August, at our annual Stewardship Party, we recognize volunteers who have gone above and beyond to help MITA in its mission of protecting and stewarding the wild islands of Maine. This year’s party, in Belfast for the first time, was a great way to celebrate the thousands of hours volunteers put into the Trail every boating season! The 2016 award winners are:
Spirit of Stewardship: Ben Fuller
Spirit of Stewardship: Lynn Jenness & Don Hendrich
Spirit of the Trail: Dan Carr
Spirit of Partnership: Chimani
Margaret C Emerson Spirit of Giving: East Coast Yacht Sales
Dave & Dorrie Getchell Spirit of MITA: Rodger Herrigel
Learn more about them below:
Ben Fuller – Spirit of Stewardship: Ben has been a stewardship volunteer since the early days of the Trail. He logs many hours each season, both at the tiller and representing MITA at outreach events. His help maintaining the fleet, as well as his positive attitude and willingness to step up, make him invaluable.
Lynn Jenness & Don Hendrich – Spirit of Stewardship: This team of volunteers is willing to travel anywhere along the coast. They’ve assisted with cleanups and work days, towed MITA skiffs, used their own boat for MITA projects, opened their home to MITA volunteers and staff…and they are perhaps best known for their role taking care of the next generation of island stewards!
Dan Carr – Spirit of the Trail: Dan’s dedication to the coast and his love of paddling are unparalleled. He has been a board member since 2012, and is an active member on several committees. He led the charge in the recent fundraising effort for Ram Island, and is always out in his kayak scouting new Trail sites, most recently along the Bold Coast.
Chimani – Spirit of Partnership: The talent behind MITA’s popular mobile app, Chimani has given many hours of development, troubleshooting, and updating to the digital version of our ever-popular Trail Guide. Due to their hard work and generosity, the app gets more user-friendly, more functional, and more beautiful every year.
East Coast Yacht Sales – Spirit of Giving: Jon & Cindy Knowles, owners of ECYS, are both active MITA volunteers, with Cindy as a long-time board and committee member. Their donation of the ECYS warehouse/sales floor as venue for our Splash! event helped make it a party for the ages. Scott Woodruff of ECYS has also been endlessly helpful as a broker for our larger boat donations.
Rodger Herrigel – Dave and Dorrie Getchell Spirit of MITA: Rodger has been a MITA board and committee member since 2007! His giving truly knows no bounds – whether it’s financial resources, vehicles, gift memberships, or positive attitude and good ideas at committee meetings. He brings a unique personal touch to everything he does at MITA, and we hope to maintain his spirit of fun even after he moves on from board service at the end of this year.