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Vanderbeck And Thompson Win Top Annual Honors From S-D Historical Society

        Judi Vanderbeck has received the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society’s top honor - the Charles J. Lorenz Award of Achievement for 2015 - and Leslie Thompson has won the Society’s Volunteer Of The Year Award. Both are Douglas residents.
        The Lorenz Award was established by the Society in 1997 to honor the memory of Charles Lorenz, who gave generously of his time, talent, money and energy in the formation and development of the organization.  
        Winners are selected each year by a special committee, recognizing distinguished leadership in fulfilling the Historical Society’s mission to “help the community understand its past and use its history to shape its future and preserve its quality of life”.  
        Vanderbeck, a Society board member, was cited for creating and leading the organization’s successful “Dine Around The Village Table” series of home tour dinner or cocktail party fundraisers and “friend-raisers”, now in its sixth year. These events run the gamut from intimate get-togethers for a dozen people to events for a hundred or more members and friends of the Society, proceeds of which have generated substantial financial support for the Society’s volunteer-based efforts to “Keep History Alive“ in the community.
        The Volunteer Of The Year Award honors outstanding service to the Society. Candidates are nominated by standing committee chairs, and winners are selected by a majority vote of the board.
        Thompson’s selection for this award recognizes her commitment of time and talent as a Society board member and treasurer, a regular volunteer host at the museum, and as planner/implementer of Society events including the spring museum opening reception, the December holiday party and annual summer picnic.
        The Historical Society was founded in 1986 with 70 charter members “to discover, procure and preserve whatever may relate to the civil, religious, social, cultural and natural history of Saugatuck, Douglas and surrounding area”.         As a volunteer-based, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with membership open to all, the Society roster now exceeds 700 individual, family and corporate members.   
        Activities are funded by contributions from members, friends and grants and from the proceeds of special Society events.   
        For more information about the Society and its many volunteer opportunities, visit

Vanderbeck And Thompson Win Top Annual Honors From S-D Historical Society

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