Olympia Branch Service Award


Olympia Branch Service Award

For service above and beyond the call of duty to our Olympia Branch.


For service to our Olympia Branch above the call of duty. The Mountaineers Olympia Branch Service Award consists of two plaques, one large plaque listing all recipients with the new name added each year, and a small individual plaque. Each plaque has the recipient's name engraved on it. Recipients also receive a service award pin.


A committee comprised of the three most recent service award recipients chooses the next award recipient (from nominations submitted to the committee from fellow Olympia Branch members). Each award recipient serves a term of three years. The first year, the award recipient becomes the chair of the Service Award Committee

Current Recipient

Mike Riley 

Mike Riley has been a Mountaineers member for almost 25 years, is a graduate of both the Basic and Intermediate Climbing Courses in Olympia. Mike has held the position of Climbing Chair, was Branch Treasurer for three and a half years, served on the Mountaineers Finance Committee for five years, and a long time member of both Basic and Intermediate Climbing committees. A Climb leader who has lead both Basic and Intermediate climbs for The Mountaineers as well as organizing private climbs in Montana, Colorado and Canada for aspiring Alpinists. Mike was instrumental in locating and getting the Paul Wiseman Memorial bench installed. He has assisted with Banf Film Festival for several years before taking the lead for the past three years. Mike is a strong supporter of Mountaineer Books and member of the Branch Library committee.

A great person to lead your committee or to have on your rope! 

Award Recipients

2021 Mike Riley 
2020 Richard Irwin
2019 Richard Kennedy
2018 Dixie Havlak
2017  Tom Eckhout
2016 Will Greenough
2015 Carla Jonientz
2014 Carolyn Burreson
2013 Mike Kretzler
2012 Curt Rosler
2011 Henry Romer
2010 Jim French
2009 Ron Raff
2008 John Flanagan
2007 Don Lund
2006 Jamer Lang
2005 Marilyn Miller
2004 Ed Henderson
2003 Kerry Lowry
2002 Paul Schaufler
2001 Olive Hull
2000 Edythe Hulet
1999 Thomas W. Pearson
1998 Frank Maranville
1997 Hugh Favero
1996 Tom Keller
1995 Tom Whitney
1994 Linda Stretz
1993 Bartlett Burns
1992 Roy and Grace Teague
1991       Paul Wiseman