The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks held the 16th Annual Awards Banquet on October 12, 2012, at Heritage Hill Historical Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Over 150 Friends Group members were in attendance as well as special guests.
Prior to the Award Banquet, Friends Group members across the state nominated others by online nominations as well as letters. The following received Hero Awards for 2012. (See Photos here)
OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL FRIENDS GROUP MEMBER
|Louise Borzynski - holding award|
OUTSTANDING FRIENDS GROUP
Friends of High Cliff State Park
|Friends of High Cliff State Park|
OUTSTANDING DNR LAND MANAGER
|Jerry Leiterman - holding award|
Since 1997, he has been the Superintendent at the Kettle Moraine State Forest- Northern Unit (KMSF-NU). The Northern Unit is comprised of about 30,000 acres stretching 30 miles across Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, and Washington Counties. The forest is managed for multiple use, including recreation management, sustainable forest products, water quality and soil protection, terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, native biological diversity, and aesthetics.
|Randy Paske - Holding award|
He has devoted countless hours to up grading the website and behind the scenes work on many of the FWSP contests and promotions. He has been willing to help on a moments notice to work on each website or media project as it develops.
Randy joined the Board of Directors with a long history of parks involvement. He has been visiting and camping in Wisconsin State parks since the age of 11. Paske has tented, camped in a pop-up camper, and a 27 foot travel trailer. He has also backpacked in the lower part of the Ice Age Trail and traveled extensively in the United States, Canada and Alaska. Randall was a sixth grade teacher in Wisconsin from 1968, until he retired in 2002. He and his wife are enjoying the bluffs of the Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien where they now live. Randy and his wife have served as Camp hosts at Wyalusing State Park from 2002 -2009. They have also been camp hosts at Pike Lake State Park, Roche-A-Cri State Park and state parks in Michigan. The have been members of the Friends of Wyalusing State Park for more than five years and Randy has been the vice president of the group for the last three years. He also has managed the concession stand at Wyalusing State Park and enjoys visiting with other campers and park visitors.