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

Richard Kennedy

Richard Kennedy has played a key role in branch management as well as the climbing committee, but he has also carved out a unique niche of service. From his diligence and determination, the Olympia Branch has been given a great opportunity for socializing, entertaining, and spreading the word about Mountaineers to the community - the Banff Film Festival in Olympia.

From Richard's vision and many hours of work, tens of thousands of dollars have been added to the Olympia Branch budget.  In fact, the Banff Film Festival has become a major fundraiser for Olympia, providing almost a quarter of our revenue and helping to keep course fees low in Olympia.

In 2016, Richard stepped down from his important position, but not without finding a replacement to ensure that his vital and unique offering will continue to enliven the Olympia Branch. After at least 15 years of service coordinating the Banff Film Festival for the Olympia Mountaineers, we are proud to award the 2019 Branch Service Award to Richard Kennedy.

Award Recipients

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