The Coronado Thunderbirds recognizes member service with the following awards:
- The Founders Award for meritorious service to the Coronado Thunderbirds, The Mountain View Club, and the Community.
- The Distinguished Service Award for extensive work for the Coronado Thunderbirds.
- The Long Term Leadership Award for continuous leadership in excess of ten years.
On September 8, 2020, at the Zoom Virtual General Monthly Meeting, a Distinguished Service Award was presented to Vice President/Programs Dave Melgaard. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dave helped keep our Club flourishing via the use of Zoom Virtual Meeting software. He was host for our Board and member meetings, keeping everyone informed of when the meetings would take place and acting as the Zoom Meister for our members. He also convinced many interesting speakers to present topics via Zoom.
Past Treasurer Lionel Holguin was honored for his meticulous accounting abilities, and his many thoughtful ideas and contributions to improve the way the Club operates. Lionel was presented a Founders Award.
Publicity/Newsletter Editor/Web Site Administrator Connie DeFoe was recognized with a Founders Award. Connie tries to keep the Web site up-to-date and works to keep members informed of activities of the Club and at MVC/KAFB, including activities affected by COVID-19 protocols. Connie also worked on measures to keep the Web site information secured against copying or ending up in browser search results.
On January 14, 2020, at the Monthly General Meeting, President/Returning President John P. Anthes handed out two Special Recognition Awards for Past Service. Those awards went to Paul Hlava, for serving as President for two terms (2018-2019), and to Lionel Holguin, for his years of service as the Vice President/Programs and Treasurer (2017-2019).
The 2019 Annual Awards were presented at the October 8, 2019, meeting. Pete Havey, Sr., and John P. Anthes both received the Founders Award. The Founders Award is given for meritorious service to the Coronado Thunderbirds, The Mountain View Club, and the Community.
TABLES OF AWARDS AND RECIPIENTS
- An infrequently-awarded recognition is the Long Term Leadership Award. Another such award is the Special Recognition Award:
|Long Term Leadership Awards
||Special Recognition Awards
|2017||Charles Vittitoe||2020||Paul Hlava|
*Bob Butler received the award in 2003. He first became a Club member in 1986, served as its president for 3 terms and as its travel leader and newsletter editor for many years.
- Many others have been huge contributors to the Club. By naming some, unfortunately it is likely that some will be omitted; senior moments, lack of information, time, … are all to blame. Those who have been granted Founders Awards and Distinguished Service Awards are:
|Founders Awards||Distinguished Service Awards|
|1994||Nick Delollis||1997||Jim Caller, first Treasurer|
|1995||Harold Barnett||2001||Leonard Flesner|
|1996||Art Hasenkamp||2001||Angie Vergo|
|1997||Bob Butler||2002||Dick Jorgenson|
|1998||Dale Buchanan||2003||Lucille Kinzer|
|1999||Bob Martin||2004||Ken Deller|
|2001||Ramona Rael||2005||Joe Sorroche, 1st president at MVC|
|2002||Marv Plugge||2006||Helen Flesner|
|2003||Len Flesner||2006||Al Hachigian|
|2005||Ken Deller||2007||Dale Breding|
|2007||Joe Sorroche||2008||Rod Boenig|
|2009||Charles Vittitoe||2008||Charles Vittitoe|
|2011||Genelia Boenig||2009||Gilbert Cano|
|2011||Gilbert Cano||2009||Ed Reyes|
|2013||Adron Pritchard||2010||Genelia Boenig|
|2013||Vickie Clark||2010||Adron Pritchard|
|2014||Ed Reyes||2012||Vickie Clark|
|2015||Ellen Biernacki||2013||Jesse Allen|
|2019||John P. Anthes||2016||Barbara Desilets
|2019||Pete Havey, Sr.||2017||John P. Anthes
|2020||Connie DeFoe||2017||Connie DeFoe
|2020||Lionel Holguin||2017||Pete Havey, Sr.
Several are mentioned that have contributed to the Web site: Len Flesner for our site map; Dick Jorgensen for the Thunderbird symbol, and the 2010 Board of Directors for their critiques.