VHTRC Volunteer Party

July 12, 2003

Capitol Yacht Club
Washington, DC

The 2003 Volunteers Party was a great success. About 50 people enjoyed the club's hospitality and, possibly, the last fling at the Capital Yacht Club. We danced into the night to the tunes of Big Equipment (or something like that -- formerly the "Haz Beens"). At least some of us danced. There was a lot going on at the party.

Runner of the Year (M)Derrick Carr
Runner of the Year (F)Bethany Hunter
Most Improved (M)Tom Corris
Most Improved (F)Vicki Kendall
Rebecca Moore
RookieAaron Schwartzbard
VolunteerBunny Runyan
Valerie Meyer
James Moore AwardGary Knipling

Awards: The highlight of the party was the presentation of the annual VHTRC awards. Several winners were not present, but most had good excuses -- they were running or volunteering. Runners of the year were Derrick Carr and Bethany Hunter. The most improved male was Tom Corris who could barely walk a year ago and finished MMT in May. The rookie of the year was Aaron Schwartzbard. In two categories the vote was so close that we gave out two awards. The most improved women were Vicki Kendall and Rebecca Moore. Finally, the most important of these awards, volunteer of the year, was shared by Bunny Runyan and Valerie Meyer, both of whom, in different ways, contributed so much to the VHTRC events over the year.

This year also saw another winner of the James Moore Award. The name of the award explains what it takes to win it -- tough, consistent running and community service. The prior winners are James and Rebecca Moore and Ed Demoney. This year's winner was Gary Knipling. A very strong runner who gives so much to helping people in the community enjoy the outdoors. Appropriately, Gary was not there -- he was running and finishing Hardrock just after the party ended. We all missed him, and the Knob Creek.

Larry and Jeanne with Wedding CakeBig Surprise: We also gave a memento to Jeanne and Larry. They have contributed so much to the club, but are now leaving us for Maine. Besides many normal volunteer activities, Larry has managed the Potomac Heritage 50k while Jeanne has led the Women's Half Marathon taking it to a level where the field of 225 fills in a week, as well as serving on the VHTRC Bored of Directors. While we knew that Jeanne and Larry were leaving, we did not know that they recently tied the knot. They went out on a boat in the Potomac River and left the ranks of the committed but unmarried couples in the VHTRC. The club sends its congratulations to the happy bride and groom.

Bear in the Woods, or Alaska!Star of the Show: Finally, Terry Ottina came back from a trip to Alaska with a souvenir that she kindly gave to Anstr. It was the hit of the party. The picture on this page of the Alaskan version of Furbutt does not do it justice. You will want to go to Alaska and get yourself one of these puppies. This gives new meaning to the club motto, "Quando Poopum in Forsa Ursus?"

Pictures: As usual, the ever present VHTRC camera was at the party. I think it is a miracle that any of these pictures came out, given that the photographer was busy talking to Mr. Sam all night. The quality of the photos declined when the sun when down -- and as the discussion with Mr. Sam progressed. I have the "negatives" if anyone wants one for any reason! Just click on a link below to see one of the five collages.

Collage One | Collage Two | Collage Three | Collage Four | Collage Five

Party Collages

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