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AFFEW Annual Meeting

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Red's Room Jamesport Brew Pub


Heidi Moloney shows the AFFEW Volunteer of the Year award presented by Julia Chambers. Joe Hilyard accepted the AFFEW Sustainable Business of the Year awarded presented by AFFEW President Julia Chambers Thursday evening.

AFFEW recognizes business, volunteers at meeting


Published in the Ludington Daily News on October 27, 2018
A Few Friends of the Environment of the World presented awards during its annual meeting Thursday evening in Red’s Room at Jamesport Brewing Company.
Padnos Pere Marquette was honored as the Sustainable Business of the Year. Glenn Walquist was named Environmentalist of the Year. Heidi Moloney was named Volunteer of the year. Two board members left the board and two new board members were elected.
In presenting the Sustainable Business of the Year award to Padnos manager Joe Hilyard, AFFEW president Julia Chambers said Padnos supported AFFEW’s now ended household battery recycling program by storing batteries collected from local collection sites until recycler Batteries Solutions could pick up the filled drums. In addition, Padnos was a sponsor for and participant in the six-county Recycle Rama held in Manistee in early October. The Amber Township facility also recycles metal and other items from the community and has awards grants to area agencies.
Hilyard said the facility on U.S. 10 accepts metals, paper, cardboard, electronics, lead batteries and vehicles. He said because China no longer accepts plastic from the United States for recycling, that market has dried up and Padnos no longer accepts plastic. AFFEW ended its battery recycling program this summer and will use funds saved in doing so to support the Household Hazardous Waste Day program, Chambers said. She encouraged people to save batteries to bring in that day next August.

AFFEW Board member Alan Haslam urged people to consider using rechargeable batteries instead of one-time use batteries, saying the good ones can be recharged up to 800 times.

Walquist donated his time and money for AFFEW’s Earth Day celebration, Chambers said, and donated items from County Veterinarian Clinic where he works with his wife, Laura Waldo, as part of a team of doctors of veterinary medicine and staff. He has served as a member of Mason-Lake Conservation District Board for the past year where he provides guidance in projectplanning for river restoration work.
He volunteers for Mason- Lake Conservation District in the office and at District events such as tree sale and Household Hazardous Waste day. He has contacted businesses for donations and financial support for collection day, Chambers said.
An outdoor enthusiast and recreationist, Walquist helps others to understand and appreciate the value of the environment, Chambers said.
He has also been involved with educating others about Sargent Sands mining in a diplomatic way, Chambers added.
Volunteer of the Year Heidi Moloney was on AFFEW’s board for about 10 years and decided to step down to let new people serve, Chambers said. Moloney will serve as AFFEW’s volunteer coordinator.
Moloney has gathered and organized the volunteers for the past two years for AFFEW’s Earth Day event. She also found volunteers for the Recycle Rama. “We know we could not put events on of this magnitude without a coordinator,” Chambers said.
Moloney, in turn, said she was a bit sheepish accepting the award and credit all the group’s volunteers for its success in its many projects including beach sweeps, invasive species removal, Earth Day celebrations, participation in Household Hazardous Waste Day, the Petunia Parade, the nowended battery recycling program and the new Recycle Rama.
“We could not do anything without you,” Moloney said.
Sarah Stechschulte and Kathy Winczewski ended their terms on the board this year.
Elected to the board were Sarah Bolan and Karla Cain.   PO Box 177; Ludington, MI 49431