Dickinson received a standing ovation when he accepted the award. The award was presented Saturday evening at the annual WPOA Dinner. This year’s event was held at the Dick Ruddell Pavilion at Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation’s Educational Center.
Dickinson served as a director of the WPOA board, a volunteer on the lake patrol for 10 years, took water samples and helped with the watershed program. He was instrumental in and heading up the development of the dry hydrants that circle the lake to provide water for the fire department in
fighting fires. He also served as president of the WPOA prior to Young being elected.
“On a personal note, in the last 10 years, he has also always been there when I have needed someone to talk out a situation that has arisen, ready with great advice!” said WPOA President Kay Young of Dickinson.
She also noted Dickinson is “ … a true example of going above and beyond the call to improve the lake area that he and his family love.”
Dickinson has been coming to the lake since the early 1930s when as a child he would come with his parents and they rented a cottage during the summer.
Growing up at Wawasee in the summer, he forged friendships still carried on today. In later years he and his wife, Dottie, and his family rented a cottage they shared with friends. His children remember many great days of skiing, sailing and boating, “a great place to grow up as we all know.”
The Chief Award is presented by the WPOA to a person, persons or business, that have gone above the call of duty in relation to the Lake, WPOA and the area surrounding the lake.
The one item of business that evening was the election of new officers. Tom Tuttle II, nominating committee chairman, reported four individuals terms were expiring: Carolyn Anderson, Sally Gindling, George Hardie and Jim Tranter.
Anderson, Gindling and Tranter agreed to continue for another three-year term. However, Hardie stepped down.
Tuttle presented the name of Jim Silcox as a candidate for the board. When nominations were closed, Silcox was welcomed to the board. Silcox and his family have been residents of Lake Wawasee since 1993 and reside in the north Kitson Park Channel area on East North Kitson Lane.
A preliminary donation to the Syracuse-Wawasee Trails project was presented to Spike Ford. The funds presented reflected those raised through the sale of the yearly art work in the association’s artist series. This year $5,000 was given to the trail committee with more funds forthcoming based on sales
by the end of the year. Young did not that while there was no home tour this year, five homes possibly six homes are committed for the tour at the end of July in 2013.
For a complete account of the WPOA event, see today’s issue of The Mail-Journal.