Lifetime Achievement AwardThe Lifetime Achievement Award winner for 2015 is Nature Society board member Nancy Vickers. Nancy was one of those attending the first public meeting when the Nature Society was organized. At the second meeting she volunteered to be on the program committee helping to plan our nature walks and speakers program. She has continued to serve since then with an ever increasing diversity of responsibilities. Nancy has served on the Education Committee. Since 2009, she has been our Recording Secretary, and worked public relations explaining who we are and what we do at Royal Oak in Bloom and our annual open house at Tenhave Woods.
Nancy is on our Board of Directors helping to make the decisions as we move forward with the stewardship of Royal Oaks nature parks and the arboretum. Since 2002, she has help develop and staff a craft table at our school nature nights. She has been on the Fundraiser Committee for all 10 of these events. She is in charge of the gift certificate displays that can be seen at our fundraiser. She has acquired auction items for us and been on the crew that spends the afternoon setting it up for all of our fundraisers. She founded our Young Poets Contest that is awarded at the Annual Fundraiser, to help foster a positive relationship between nature and the arts. She has been continuously, since our inception 15 years ago, one of the core group that has formed the base of the organization behind our programs and maintenance of the City of Royal Oak’s nature parks. Fifteen years ago the nature parks were unused and maintained. Today the Nature Society serves several thousand people per year with various programs and many more actively use these parks on their own. Without Nancy’s commitment, this would not have happened.