Five Honored for Outstanding Service to the Society
Earlier this year, ASLA issued a call for nominations for volunteers who went above and beyond in service to the Society and the profession. A jury of staff and executive committee members had the very difficult assignment of choosing five people from among the nominations who best represent the passion and skills that members bring to their volunteer work on behalf of the Society.
At the ASLA Annual Meeting in Boston on November 17, ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy C. Somerville, Hon. ASLA, presented the first Outstanding Service Awards to five exemplary volunteers. They are:
- William B. Kuhl, FASLA, New York Chapter, who serves as ASLA’s strong voice among the leadership of the ACE Mentor Program. ACE works with high school students, often minorities, on real world design and construction projects. This year, our honoree expanded his efforts to advocate for the program among all members while also connecting landscape architects to it in his native New York.
- Dalton M. LaVoie, ASLA, California Sierra Chapter, who served as his chapter’s Public Awareness representative this past year. LaVoie has tirelessly implemented the campaign’s strategies, including coordinating this year’s Great Shasta Rail Trail Workshop public service project. This charrette, documented on video for all the world to see, involved 20 industry professionals, including the National Park Service, imagining the future of an 80-mile rail bed. It was collaboration at its finest.
- Eugenia McKenna Martin, ASLA, Ohio Chapter, who serves as a dedicated and highly effective advocate for the profession. This year she took her leadership on the national MAP 21 effort to a new level. She has also worked relentlessly to protect and promote the federal transportation alternatives and recreational trails programs.
- Richard H. Powell, ASLA, Upstate New York Chapter, who has helped guide ASLA through the very rough financial ride of the recession in a variety of positions, this past year as chairman of the Finance and Investments Committee. He combines the passion of a landscape architect with the cool thinking of an accountant, to the benefit of the Society and its bottom line.
- Timothy R. Toland, ASLA, New York Upstate Chapter, our final recipient, is ASLA’s representative among the seven member organizations that make up the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, which is compiling the 10th edition of the Guide for Plant Appraisal. In that role, he has served as an editor, author, and reviewer. This guide is the reference text for the plant-appraisal community and a significant, and critical, resource for us all.