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At the September 2010 Monthly Meeting some very special presentations took place to honour four members of Willow Beach Field Naturalists. During the 50 plus years of existence the club has only honoured four of its members with life membership in the club. Life membership within WBFN is extended to long standing members who have made significant and ongoing contribution to the club.

Pat Lawson

Pat is being presented with a Life Membership in Willow Beach Field Naturalists tonight to honour her many years of service on environmental issues both within the club, and her community of Port Hope and beyond. Pat was president of WBFN in 1967-8.  She has  been actively involved from the beginning in such projects as the Ganaraska Trail, which begins in Port Hope and now ends at the Bruce Trail; in Port Hope’s Energreen Team, out of which came the Port Hope Ecology Garden; in the establishment of Peter’s Woods and in the protection of Carrs Marsh. Pat was also on the Education Committee of the board of the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA).  During this time, Pat has also tirelessly advocated for the health of Port Hopers and always done so in a vigorous and civil way.  She is truly deserving of such recognition by our club.

Pat Lawson

Carole Payne presents Pat Lawson with her Lifetime Membership © Bill Crowley

Jack Goering

Jack is a long time member of WBFN. He served a term on the executive as our representative to the Federation of Ontario Naturalists. Jack is an avid canoeist who went on many wilderness trips. In 1966 he took part on canoe trip on the Coppermine River in the Northwest Territories. On this trip, Jack and his trip partner, Pierre Trudeau, rescued a couple of American kayakers. In 1977, much before the present furor about solar power, Jack installed a solar water heater on his house. When he moved houses, the solar system moved with him. He told me this afternoon that it was working well today. He was on the committee of Hope Township which brought the Blue Box, and hence recycling, to this area. Not content with recycling only things that could be put into the Blue Box, he was on the committee, along with several others who are still active in WBFN, that started Beyond the Blue Box. This organization still diverts tonnes of stuff from landfills while providing work for special needs members of our community. Although Jack has been out of the classroom for quite a long time, he has never stopped teaching about things environmental. We are all familiar with his well-presented, passionate letters to the editor in our local newspapers. One can only hope that one day soon, more people will understand what he is trying to tell us.

Jack Goering

Elizabeth Kellogg presents Jack Goering with his Lifetime Membership © Bill Crowley

Clive Goodwin

In his years in Cobourg, Clive has contributed so much to the Willow Beach Field Naturalists, from the wonderful articles he writes for The Curlew to the epic electronic database Birds of Northumberland County he has created,  to which he is still adding data from many sources. He is also compiling lists of the plants, butterflies, and dragonflies of Northumberland on an ongoing basis, making the natural history of our county one of the best documented in the province. With his wife Joy, Clive has taken part, in all weathers, in many, many Northumberland Christmas Bird Counts, Summer Counts, and Breeding Bird surveys. Clive produced the Cobourg Nature Calendar (1995) and Bird Finding in Cobourg, a booklet for the Chamber of Commerce (1995). On behalf of the WBFN, Clive has made major contributions to Management Plans for Presqu’ile Provincial Park, the Cobourg waterfront, and Lone Pine Marsh. When you walk along the newly completed Cobourg west beach boardwalk, read the extremely interesting and informative display boards explaining the complex ecosystems around you - the text of course by Clive, who was instrumental in preserving this beach in its natural state. My list of Clive’s contributions could go on and on. WE are the ones who are honoured to have Clive Goodwin as a Life Member of the Willow Beach Field Naturalists.

Clive Goodwin

Michael Biggar and Margaret Bain congratulate Clive Goodwin on his Lifetime Membership © Bill Crowley

Bill Wensley

Bill move to Cobourg in 1985 and immediately became immersed in community of Northumberland. In April 2007 the Canadian Pharmacists Association named Bill as the Centennial Pharmacists for his input which has helped shape many of the pharmacy and health-care services we enjoy today.
Northumberland has greatly benefited with Bill and his family moving here, he became and active member of the Trinity United in Cobourg . He was president of the WBFN from 1993 to 1995. In 1996, Bill took part in the Land Use Planning and Protection Act. He spoke to the consideration of Bill 20 to promote economic growth and protect the environment by streamlining the land use planning and development system Bill has made significant contribution to the development of, and chaired the Northumberland Stewardship Council. In 2003 Bill was awarded a community service award for  his ten years of service to the WBFN.

Bill Wensley

Audrey Wilson talks about Bill Wensley's contributions and presents his Lifetime Membership © Bill Crowley