SAC Announces Lou Inzinna Winner of the 2017 SAC Chapter Service Award

The quality of leadership plays a major role in the success of any organization. The Southeastern Adirondack Chapter of NYFOA is no exception. Over the years since its creation, SAC has had numerous effective, hard-working, and creative leaders who have spent their two years as Chair helping to make this a successful chapter, and contributing to the efficacy of our statewide organization. Several of us here know first-hand or from watching spouses and friends, that those two years as Chair are really demanding, as well as rewarding. We also know that chapters in the state that have not had leaders have disbanded or seriously diminished.

We would like present our most recent SAC Chairman, and full-time Adirondacker, Lou Inzinna the Chapter Service Award for his continuing efforts over and above what is expected of a Chapter Chair to keep the Southeastern Chapter alive and well. Lou served as Chair from 2014 to 2015, and was really effective at providing structure to our meeting and work activities, at engaging other Chapter members to actively work on Chapter projects, and at encouraging people to host and participate in woodswalks. When his term was finished, Lou, like former Chairs, was ready to step back from the leadership responsibilities. However, when there were no candidates for Chair or Vice Chair, Lou continued to do the Chair’s work, without the title, to ensure that SAC could continue to effectively serve its members and remain a viable chapter. Without his ongoing efforts, there would be no annual meeting today for us to attend. Without his work, during his term as Chair and after, there would be no deer exclosure, no storage vehicle for Chapter materials, no logging videos for the county fair exhibits. Without Lou’s leadership, we would not have had the woodswalk to see the regeneration after Kurt and Kristie Edwards Seed Tree Regeneration Cut, we would not have shared our time together on Oven Mountain at Bob and Tomoko Manning’s woodlot and appreciated the gorgeous views. Without Lou’s ongoing leadership, we would not have continued to have the learning and camaraderie that makes us better stewards of our own woodlots.

It is with great appreciation that we give him this year’s Chapter Service Award, and thank him for all he has done to keep the Southeastern Adirondack Chapter alive and well for all of us.

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