January 28, 2016 /
Italia Peretti

Volunteer Appreciation Reception Recap

Where would Casey Trees be without our volunteers? The answer is — not very far. Everything we do depends on volunteer support, and we are so appreciative that so many people — 1,800 alone in 2015 — donate their valuable time and energy to re-tree D.C.

While our favorite thing is working alongside our volunteers, our second favorite is recognizing their efforts and accomplishments. That is why we host an annual thank you reception — Cheers to our Volunteers.

Not only does the thank you reception give staff and volunteers an opportunity to connect with one another in a fun, social way, it is the best way to acknowledge all of the hard work our volunteers do to keep D.C. the “City of Trees”.

And that is what we did at our most recent reception held at Catholic University of America’s Heritage Hall on January 14, along with recognizing a few key individuals for going above and beyond. Honorees included:

Scarlet Oak Award: 

The completion of the most events with Casey Trees in 2015

Kathy Robertson

Champion Club 2016 Inductees: 

Ten years of volunteer service to Casey Trees

Dennis Chestnut, Ulrich Hewer, Walter Kamiat, Betsy Emes, Cecily Kohler

Certified Tree Advocates:

Those who participated in Stand Up for Trees, attended two Tree Advocates meetings and compleated four advocacy actions

Mark Rodeffer, Kevin Kelso, Vincent Verweij, Kathy Robertson, Raymond Nuesch

Lead Citizen Foresters:

Team Leaders who serve as liaisons between Casey Trees and Community Tree Planting Project Organizers

Lina Cortas, Carol Herwig, Kevin Kelso, Otis Marechaux, John Wheeler and Valerie Wheeler

Citizen Scientist Award: 

A Citizen Scientist who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help increase scientific research

Molly Due

John Salatti Award:

A Tree Advocate with the most advocacy actions taken by a individual to further the Casey Trees mission

Delores Bushong

Check out photos from the event on our Flickr page! Again cheers to all our volunteers who help to support the Casey Trees mission. Stay tuned for spring Community Tree Planting registration dates!