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The Lee Merrill Fellows Award was instituted in 1990 to recognize volunteers who quietly and effectively contribute to the Association. Lee was the second president. During his term he encouraged Harold Hellyer to develop the Apple Squeeze, the Bair Store was donated, the lamps along Lafayette Street erected, (no long standing) and his idea of the Quarterly became a reality. He was an inspirational president, and in his last President’s Letter he wrote:

“I hope that during the last two years you have received the message loudly and clearly that the well-being and strength of your Association has sprung from you, the members and your endeavors. While there has been great leadership by committee heads well known to us all, I’ve noticed that they have been almost lost in the “crowd of workers.”

THE LEE MERRILL FELLOWS AWARD
  HONORS VOLUNTEERS

The following members have been recognized for their behind the scenes participation:
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994

1995
1996
1997
1998
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2001
2002
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2012
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2015


Esther Spreen and Jim Lester
Arline Brightman and Bob Volkmer
Florene Flowler and Bob Anderson
Don Rehburg and Mike McMullin
Members of the Task Force:  Dave Hopkins, Nancy Covert, Lenore Rogers, Linda Evanson, Don Yoder, John Watson, Gidge Campbell, Sandra Menter-Berry and Jean Swanson
Dave Hudson
Patty Ann and Allan Forsyth
Dale Welfringer
Sue Davidson and Jean Swanson
Jenny and Bob Hollister
Donna and Dennis Quackenbush
George Phillips
Joan Curtis
Orville Stout
Jackie and Jerry Dock
Lou Parker and Russ Cable
Dennis Mulvaney
Barbara Carey, Barbara Studebaker and Christina McDougall
Gloria Wing, Jack Brake and Buzz Brake
Ellen Balls   Also special recognition given to the Forsyth/Schwab families
Lena and Tony Forsyth
Marianne Bull and the Education Committtee:  Judy Hopkins, Chair   Gloria Wing, Mary Ann Ballew, Susan Small, Susanne Bacon, Maria Fletter, Nancy Covert, Buzz Brake
George Rybolt, Donna Quackenbush
Bob Mize, Brad Randall,  Buzz Brake
Denise and Dieter Mielimonka
Patti Young, Tim Bull, Michelle Pihlman
In 2015, three members received the Lee Merrill Fellows Award:

​After retiring from Key Bank, Patti Young wanted to become more active in SHMA. She volunteered to become Assistant Director. Patti was in charge of the thankless job of new security arrangements as we revamped our lock and key and building close-up system. She organized the office and events storage, monitored incoming messages, and maintained the readerboard. Thanks to Patti, things have run a lot more smoothly. We are sorry to see her go as her new job demands her attention in other communities.

Tim Bull volunteered to become Chair of the Buildings & Grounds Committee. He has quietly and steadily taken care of the little things from electrical problems to tree maintenance. He took on the major job of updating our alarms and installing the new camera monitoring system. Under Tim, the job is growing from Buildings & Grounds maintenance to improvements to our buildings and landscaping. He’s also a behind the scenes helper with our major events. 

The third Merrill Award recipient is Michelle Pihlman. She has been a dedicated docent for years and invaluable as a research assistant to the Curator. This year she indexed 37 years of the Quarterlies so that they would be available for research (see article in the August 2015 newsletter). That involved reviewing and identifying up to a dozen keywords in each of 1,600 articles. She is currently working with Joan on indexing the Bair Store records for 1890 - 1970.