Nov. 1, 2017- The Hans Paller Award, named in honor of New York State Outdoor Writers’ Association’s founding father, is NYSOWA’s highest honor and is only given out rarely and carefully to someone who has devoted a lifetime of service to NYSOWA. In its 50-year history it has only been given out five times.
In October 2017 on the 50th anniversary, NYSOWA honored Bill Hilts, Jr. with the Hans Paller Award. Hilts has spent a lifetime devoted to the good of NYSOWA. For 36 years he has served NYSOWA in almost every capacity possible. He has served as Director, Vice President, President, conference chair five times, and conference site chair for many years.
For many years Hilts has been the Newsletter editor and still advises and proofreads it for the current editor. Whenever there was a need for a conference, a committee, or just some task, he would step forward. In all his years that he has been involved he would quietly offer his support and advice to the organization without fanfare or concern for credit. In most cases he would serve as the mainstay to see that the problem was solved and the job was done right.
The average span of active volunteerism in most organizations is about five years, or less. By contrast Bill Hilts has been very active as a hard-working and successful volunteer for 36 years. He has also been a great role model, a “people-person” who got others to work as well, achieved many significant improvements, and has played a major role in making NYSOWA the great organization that it is today.
In recognition of his outstanding service, NYSOWA is proud to present Bill Hilts, Jr. with this highest honor that NYSOWA can bestow.
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