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

Contact & Current Recipient

Will Greenough was awarded the Olympia Branch Service Award for his outstanding and long-term service to the branch and the Mountaineers on October 29, 2016 at the branch recognition banquet. 

Joining the Mountaineers in 1977, Will has taught, led, and mentored with an amazing spirit. He is gracious, kind, supportive, and creates a positive atmosphere for students, volunteers, and fellow Mountaineers while teaching the skills, the pleasures, and the risks involved in an
activity. Always giving from the heart, Will exemplifies the kind of volunteer we so highly value and honor.

Many years ago, Will graduated Basic and Intermediate Climbing in Tacoma--and later instructed, led trips, assisted at many field trips, coordinated climbs for the Tacoma branch, and taught Avalanche classes. Then, it was our good fortune that he moved to Olympia.

In our branch, this impressive volunteer has been the chair and course instructor for Olympia's Basic SEA Kayak course for the last 13 years. He also teaches in "Train the Trainer" classes, helped instruct "Beyond the Forward Stroke Class", and helps with "Incident Management Classes".

Will has attended and participated in many leadership conferences, course summits, leaders’ annual meetings and more recently earned the Super Volunteer Mountaineer badge. He is Youth Certified, has spent hundreds of volunteer hours at open houses and other events, planning
for course content, teaching, leading many trips each year --- always receiving outstanding feedback.

For four decades (as of March 1, 2017) Will has volunteered his time, skills, knowledge, and passion to the Mountaineers. We are honored to have him as a member and honored to give him the 2016 Service award.

Award Recipients

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