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Friday, August 12, 2011

Arlen Matson Receives Lifetime Achievement

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NCTA President Larry Hawkins (left) presents award to Arlen Matson (photo by jhy)

by jhy

Day two of the North Country Trail Association Conference in Dayton, Ohio, was filled with morning workshops and seminars, afternoon hikes, tours, and trail work opportunities, and the annual awards ceremony in the evening. Many awards were given which will be covered in detail in the next issue of North Star. However, a highlight each year is to see who will be the recipient of the one Lifetime Achievement Awards. This recognizes outstanding service to the NCTA for more than a decade.

This year, Arlen Matson, of the Grand Traverse (Michigan) Hikers Club Chapter received the award, for 18 years of trail building, local administration and record keeping, and a clear vision of the local segment being part of a larger entity. Arlen thanked those who had mentored him and read a poem about enjoying nature and appreciating the Creator.

The list of past recipients was read, and a large number of those people were present. They were asked to come forward for a group photo.

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some past Lifetime Achievement Award Winners L-R: Bill Menke, Tom Gilbert, Arlen Matson, Jim Sprague, Dave Cornell, Al Larmann (photo by jhy)

Other past recipients not present include: Emily Gregor, John Leinen, Rod MacRae, Gene Elzinga, Wes Boyd, Derek Blount

See North Country Trail Association

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