In every volunteer organization most of the work is done by a small fraction of the membership. Most of the volunteer-workers do not stand out in front of the membership. They work in the background, with little recognition. The G. R. (Bob) Wright League Service Award recognizes people who have performed above and beyond the call of duty. Some of these people have held one or more offices in the Astronomical League. Others have held committee chairs. Still others have just done a tremendous job in some aspect of the Astronomical League. Whatever the reason for the award, it recognizes a hard-working member of the Astronomical League.
G. R. (Bob) Wright League Service Award honors current or past League volunteers for service to the Astronomical League.
The Award is handled by the Astronomical League President.
Procedure for Nomination
If you would like to recommend a League volunteer for the G. R. (Bob) Wright League Service Award, you may contact the Astronomical League President. Selection of the awardees is solely the at the discretion of the President.
Winners of the G. R. (Bob) Wright League Service Award
|Year||Awardee(s)||Reason for Award|
|1985||Barry & Carol Beaman||Edited the Reflector|
|1987||Tom Martinez||Edited the Reflector|
|1989||Merry Wooten||Former Executive Secretary|
|1990||Ed Flaspoehler||Edited the Reflector (1989-2000)|
|1991||Gary Tomlinson||Served as Astronomy Day Coordinator|
|1992||Jerry Sherlin||Former League President and MARS Region Chair|
|1993||Rollin Van Zandt||Former League President and Publications Chair|
|1995||John Wagoner||Created StarGate BBS and created and supervised many observing clubs|
|1997||Kathy Machin||Supervised Messier Club|
Bert and Janis Stevens
|Support of the president above and beyond the call of duty|
|1999||Marion Bachtell||Chaired League Sales; NCRAL Region Chair.|
|2000||Robert L. Gent||Vice-president, Astronomical League
Public Relations Officer, I.D.A.
|2001||Orville Brettman||President, Astronomical League|
|2008||Vern Raben, Michael Hotka, Tammy Plotner, George Baker||Web Team who redid AL website look|
|2011||Lowell Lyon||Chair or Co-chair of ALCons|
|2013||William Bogardus||Secretary of Astronomical League for two terms and general contributions to astronomy|
|2014||Aaron Clevenson||National Observing Program Director for the Astronomical League|
|2017||Lowell Lyon and Carroll Iorg||Special “Ceres” Award|
|2018||Valts Treibergs and Dave Falkner|
|2021||Reflector Team: Kristine Larsen, Kevin Jones, Dan Crowson, Michael Patterson, Carla Johns (Ron Kramer and John Wagoner were previous recipients.)|
Astronomical League Sales Chair Marion Bachtell comes forward to receive the 1999 G. R Wright Award at the Banquet of the 1999 ALCon in Cheney, Washington.
Astronomical League President Barry Beaman (far left) presents the 1998 G. R Wright Award to (left to right) Charles Allen, Jackie Wade, Janet Stevens, and Bert Stevens.