Olympia Branch Annual Awards - 2022

This year we celebrated many accomplished Mountaineers are our annual Olympia Branch Annual Awards Celebration. Read on to see who we recognized.
Dee Ann Kline Parkinson Dee Ann Kline Parkinson
Olympia Branch Super Volunteer
December 08, 2022
Olympia Branch Annual Awards - 2022
Views from Johnson Mountain. Photo by Mountaineers staff.

At the 2022 Annual Awards Celebration, the Olympia Branch recognized outstanding leaders, awarded  hiking and climbing pins, and congratulated students who graduated from a wide variety of courses. 


This award is presented to a member of the Olympia Branch who consistently serves the branch above and beyond the call of duty. Maxine Dunkelman joined the Olympia Branch of The Mountaineers in 1990. In 1994 she began management of the Olympia Branch library and moved it to her home.  As librarian, Maxine has volunteered at many branch events including potlucks, our Adventure Speaker Series, open houses, picnics, and banquets.  At each event, she brings a selection of books pertinent to the topic of the event.  When the branch started offering bear canisters for members to use, she added those to the library as well. She encourages people to come to her house to see and peruse the library.  Visitors are always offered tea or a cold drink and often something fresh baked from the oven. Maxine also served as Olympia Branch Social Co-Chair for the past 3 years.


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The award was presented by Monty Pratt, Hiking and Backpacking Committee Chair.  "Nancy led many hikes this year for the Olympia Hiking and Backpacking Committee.  Nancy is very knowledgeable about all hiking topics and very good about sharing her knowledge with new hikers. Nancy has been a Key Leader for the Conditioning Hiking Series this year, leading hikes to many interesting locations. I am honored to present the committee's Hike Leader of the Year award to Nancy Lloyd".

FRANK MANVILLE memorial stewardship AWARD: Ken Ames

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Ken Ames was Crosscut Sawyer certified in 2018, and since that time and has helped with many subsequent Sawyer courses. He took it upon himself to become certified with a chainsaw because he realized that there were complicated issues with logouts beyond our ability to clear with a crosscut saw. He is an integral part of a trail team when complicated logouts are involved.  
He is the first Mountaineer Chainsaw Badge recipient. Through his efforts, the chainsaw instruction course and badge were approved by the club's administration. Ken is widely admired for his leadership and instructional skills, and his generous willingness to help new and experienced sawyers.


Volunteers were recognized for their contributions to the Olympia Chapter Youth Program:

  • Summer Camp Outstanding Volunteers:  Rob Schanz, Jennifer Fortin, Carol Frolich, Michelle Garcia, Jenn Updyke
  • Family Climbing Coordinator: Ben Whitten with help from his daughter Claire
  • Family Skills Classes: We recognize Warren Divine and Luke Robert for offering Family Backpacking and Family Knots classes.
  • Youth Outreach Outstanding Volunteers: Joseph Natterer and Rob Schanz, with help from several families and adult volunteers.
  • Family Hiking:  Dixie Havlak with sidekick Dirk Havlak, and Paul Kallman.
  • Youth Volunteers:  As our kids grow into teenagers, a growing number of them have helped with outreach, hike and climb leading, and classes.
  • Overall Coordinator:  Dixie Havlak assisting staff in program planning, camps, programs, and as hike and backpack leader.


The Olympia Branch Olympic Trails 100 Miles badge was presented to Becky Andrade, Ron Jones, Terri Pressly, Henry Romer, and Dean Taylor for hiking 100+ miles of trail in Olympic National Park or on Olympic National Forest trails.

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                                                  Becky Andrade
  • Brandon McAferty  earned the Seattle Branch Five Majors badge. This is a Seattle Branch Climbing Award given to members who climbed Rainier, Adams, Glacier, Baker, and Olympus.
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More than 220 students graduated from 15 different courses.
Congratulations to the students, course chairs and all the volunteers.   The list of graduates can be found on the website.

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